When we live with a cat it is important that we pay close attention to its behavior, since this is an animal that does not usually show any sign of weakness or discomfort until the disease has advanced enough which delays the diagnosis and, therefore, also complicates treatment.
One of the most common and unnoticed diseases is pancreatitis in cats, since many of the symptoms are common in other ailments. So let's see what they are and their treatment.
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What is it?
Pancreatitis in cats or feline pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. This is a gland found in the small intestine that performs two very important functions: producing hormones such as insulin, and making substances that help digest food.
The origin of this disease cannot be known with certainty since there are several: insecticides, viruses, infectious agents (bacteria, fungi), allergy, trauma or even a high-fat diet can cause pancreatitis in felines.
What are the symptoms?
The most frequent symptoms are:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
In severe cases, the small intestine and liver can become inflamed, thus detecting jaundice.
How do you make the diagnostic?
If we suspect that our cat is not well, we should take it to the vet as soon as possible. There they will make you a physical exploration to know if the animal feels pain in the abdomen and if the mucous membranes are yellowish, which could be a sign of jaundice. In addition, it will blood test and a ultrasound.
Which is the treatment?
Treatment of pancreatitis in cats goes through change her diet. It must be given a high-quality diet, without cereals, and that is also low in fat. Likewise, products rich in B12 are also highly recommended.
In severe cases, a solid fast will be performed, always in the veterinary hospital, accompanied by the administration of intravenous serum.. It should never be done at home because if the cat spends more than three days without drinking or eating, his life could be in serious danger.
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