Sunday, January 6, 2019

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Acute Pancreatitis Management, and more ...

10 Disease Warning Signs in Your Pet — Could They Point to a Tumor?

Dr. Karen Becker/MercolaHeatlhyPets

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Acute Pancreatitis Management, and more ...

The mission behind my blog and my book is to teach people to recognize the signs of illness in their dog, understand their significance and urgency. The sooner your ailing dog gets needed medical care, the better the outcome will be.

What about cancer? Can you recognize it?

Lumps and bumps are easy to discover. Not every lump is cancerous. But until somebody looks at the cells within it, there is no way to tell.

Cancer that might be growing inside your dog's body likely won't be seen or felt. But symptoms that call for serious investigation can.

For the most part, they are ambiguous and could come with other health problems. But all of those can be serious. When your dog shows any of the following signs, do see a vet.

  • Unusual swellings that don't go away or that grow
  • Sores that won't heal
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Bleeding or discharge
  • Offensive smell
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Reluctance to exercise or low energy level
  • Persistent lameness 
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

  • Read Dr. Becker's article to better understand which red flags should not be ignored.

    Current and Emerging Approaches to Managing Acute Pancreatitis

    Veterinary Practice News

    "Fasting a dog or cat used to be step one in treating acute pancreatitis, but that’s no longer the case."

    Pancreatitis is one of the top reasons for vet emergency visits, and yet neither its causes or an ideal treatment are well understood. You probably know that a high-fat meal is the most common trigger, but the list of all potential causes is actually quite long. Cookie, for example, got pancreatitis after getting into horse feed.

    The pancreas is involved in digestion by providing the enzymes that break down food. Normally, these enzymes remain inactive until they come in contact with stomach content. But during pancreatitis, they activate prematurely, ending up "digesting" the pancreas itself. Ouch.

    That's why the strategy to halt this process was fasting. It was found, however, that prolonged fasting did more harm than good. Getting food through the system as soon as possible seems to have better results and prognosis.

    Find out what the latest thinking about pancreatitis treatment in dogs is.

    Related articles:
    The Perplexities of Pancreatitis
    The Project that Is Cookie: Pancreatitis up Close and Personal
    Pancreatitis: Cookie's Blood Work
    Pancreatitis: What Causes It?
    Pancreatitis: Bandit's Last Treat

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