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Pancreatitis in Cats

  • Title: Pancreatitis in Cats
  • Description:
    Topics in Companion Animal Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 3, August 2012, Pages 140-147.  Authors:  P. Jane Armstrong, David A. Williams

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  • Category: Internal Medicine

  • Abstract / Overview:
  • Pancreatitis was considered a rare disease in the cat until a couple of decades ago when several retrospective studies of severe acute pancreatitis were published.  It was apparent that few of the diagnostic tests of value in the dog were helpful in cats.  With increasing clinical suspicion, availability of abdominal ultrasonography, and introduction of pancreas-specific blood tests of increasing utility, it is now accepted that acute pancreatitis is probably almost as common in cats as it is in dogs, although the etiology(s) remain more obscure.

    Pancreatitis in cats often co-exists with inflammatory bowel disease, less commonly with cholangitis, and sometimes with both.  Additionally, pancreatitis may trigger hepatic lipidosis, while other diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, may be complicated by pancreatitis.  Therapy is similar to that used in dogs, with added emphasis on early nutritional support to prevent hepatic lipidosis.  Less is known about chronic pancreatitis than the acute form, but chronic pancreatitis is more common in cats than it is in dogs and may respond positively to treatment with corticosteroids.

    Article Outline



    • Etiology
    • Clinical Presentation
    • Diagnosis



    Therapy of Acute Pancreatitis

    Therapy of Chronic Pancreatititis


    Case Example:  Acute Pancreatititis