Pancreatitis In A Dog: Important Things To Know

Has your dog been in a lot of pain lately and refuses to eat? It is important to take your pet to get examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible because he or she may be suffering from symptoms of a health condition known as pancreatitis. Below, discover important things about a dog with pancreatitis so you will know what to expect.

What Leads to a Dog Suffering from Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis occurs due to your dog having a pancreas that is inflamed. There are several ways that a dog can develop pancreatitis, including consuming the wrong food. Your dog may have also developed pancreatitis if he or she is overweight. It is important for a dog to maintain a healthy weight for his or her body size just like humans. If your dog has been taking any drugs for an illness, pancreatitis may be one of the side effects of the drug.

How Should a Dog with Pancreatitis Be Treated?

Treatment for pancreatitis in a dog will depend on how severe the symptoms are, but in minor cases, the condition can actually go away without any treatment being done. Other than having a poor appetite and being in pain, other symptoms of the condition include dehydration, fever, losing weight and excessive breathing. If your dog has lost a lot of weight and is severely dehydrated, he or she may need to be hospitalized so a veterinarian can closely monitor the condition. Your dog may have to get an IV placed in his or her body so the vet can administer fluids to help with recovery from dehydration. Treatment may also include your dog having to go on a diet or stop taking certain types of drugs.

How Much Does a Veterinarian Charge to Treat a Dog with Pancreatitis?

The price that you are charged for your dog to be treated will depend on the symptoms that he or she is experiencing. You should expect to pay at least $200 for your dog to be treated for pancreatitis. His or her body size will also play a role in what treatment costs. If the symptoms are severe, hospitalization may be necessary and can raise the price to $1,000 or more. The cost for hospitalization will depend on how long your dog is admitted. Make your pet an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible so pancreatitis can be properly diagnosed and treated!

Talk with a veterinarian in your area to find more info and professional advice. 

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Communicating Effectively With Your Pet's Veterinarian

As soon as our pet started acting strangely, we knew that she was having some health problems. She was having a hard time eating, and just seemed sad as she moped around our house. Unfortunately, we didn't communicate all of her symptoms effectively to her veterinarian, which led to a bad diagnosis and incorrect treatment. As soon as we realized our mistake, we talked with our pet's veterinarian, who adjusted her treatment immediately. If we would have communicated better in the first place, we might have been able to speed up our pet's recovery. Read this blog to learn tips for talking with your vet.

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