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Acute Vomiting and Pancreatitis in The Dog

Acute vomiting in dogs may have so many different reasons but among all these variable reasons pancreatitis is one of the very common ones. I, as your veterinarian in Markham, witness this quite frequently.

Pancreatitis is the disease of the pancreas gland which is located adjacent to the stomach where it connects with intestines. It is a very important part of the digestive track. This organ has many functions among them delivering digestive enzymes to the intestines to digest nutrients and make them available to the body.

In dogs, there are different reasons for this organ to become diseased but mainly it is due to a sudden inflammation after digestion of greasy food, or an infection, or an immune system attack on the gland, or occasionally cancerous growths.

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Breeds such as Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever are quite prone to this disease and the main reason for that is the fact that dogs of these breeds have an extraordinary appetite towards everything they can find to eat!! Of course, here is where great ownership – companionship comes into play and requires us to take responsibility in preventing these furry friends of ours from ingesting inappropriate items including greasy food such as left over pizza, burgers, greasy meat with fat or gravy on it etc..

The disease starts with acute vomiting, sometimes accompanied by diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, dehydration, and sometimes obvious pain in the abdominal area.

If not diagnosed and treated promptly, it may lead to more severe damage of the pancreas and even very dangerous damage in the abdomen which may cause death.

The diagnosis is straight forward and requires careful history taking from the owner, examination of the patient, specific blood test, radiography and ultrasound done on the abdomen.

The treatment usually requires 2-3 days of hospital stay, during which all the necessary treatments and re-evaluations can be carried out properly. Also using a low-fat diet for at least 2 weeks significantly improves the outcomes.

We come across this disease commonly at Unionville South Pet Hospital and our team is very well equipped for diagnosing and treatment of the condition and helping our clients understand the nature of the problem and what needs to be done.

If you witness acute vomiting of your dog, please do not wait to see if it goes away!! Please, bring your dog to your veterinarian in Markham because the elapsed time can make a great impact of the outcome of the treatment and prognosis.

All the Best,
Dr. Dave Bonab

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