Meet Louie, an 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who, along with typical signs of aging, wasn't feeling well. Louie’s mom brought him into the vet initially with eye problems, but a week later Louie wasn’t acting like his usual self, so she brought him back to the vet. During some tests, they determined that poor Louie had pancreatitis. Symptoms of a pancreatitis include:
For those who don't know, the pancreas is an organ near the stomach that helps digest food and controls the amount of sugar that is released into the blood. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it’s called a pancreatitis. The causes of a pancreatitis can be from a fatty meal, like bacon grease or table scraps. Other triggers could be caused by a side effect to a drug, or after surgery. Older pets seem to be more prone to this disease, and if your pet is overweight or has diabetes, they may have a harder time getting over an attack. Typically, pets can recover from mild cases, but severe cases can lead to death.
If your dog shows any of those symptoms, or if the symptoms pass and return from time to time, be sure to take him to the vet to get checked out. To diagnose your pet, the vet will likely do blood tests to see what is causing your pup to feel yucky, and may do an ultrasound to see an image of what’s going on in the body. Dogs typically recover from minor cases of pancreatitis, but if it’s more severe it can be life threatening. With a mild case of pancreatitis, the vet will likely prescribe medication and a low-fat diet for your pooch; if the case is severe, your pet may need to spend a few days at the clinic getting some extra fluids pumped into him. Unfortunately, Louie did have to stay a few nights at the vet and was given some medicine to help him feel better.
Staying overnight at the vet’s office can be quite expensive for any family. And Louie’s mom is only receiving Social Security Disability, and had already paid more than $200 for his eye issues, so she needed help with his care. She reached out to Fur Kids Foundation, and we were happy to help. With some medication and a new low-fat diet (and no table scraps), Louie is well on his road to recovery.
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