Chronic pancreatitis in the cat

Chronic pancreatitis, also called pancreatitis, can severely affect a cat's body. Because if a digestive organ is unable to function properly, it quickly affects the entire organism. If a chronic pancreatitis is suspected, the veterinarian makes the diagnosis - Image: Shutterstock / Ermolaev Alexander

The pancreas is one of the digestive organs. It forms digestive juices that break the food down into its smallest components. If this organ, which is so important for digestion, is inflamed, the entire digestive and metabolic process is disturbed, which can ultimately affect the entire body of the cat.

Chronic pancreatitis often follows acute inflammation of the organ. Undetected, the disease progresses and can lead to irreparable damage, because the sensitive glandular tissue dies from permanent inflammation, which can be fatal in the worst case. If pancreatitis is not discovered in time, the course of the disease can no longer be stopped, but only slowed down and the symptoms alleviated.

Causes of Chronic Pancreatitis

The causes of chronic pancreatitis can no longer be understood in most cases - this is mainly because the disease is usually diagnosed very late. Other possible triggers of pancreatitis can be physical, such as a car accident or severe hypothermia. Sometimes chronic pancreatitis is also due to an infection caused by bacteria or viruses. Obesity and metabolic disorders can be additional risk factors. It is also possible that an undiscovered tumor closes the pancreatic duct and causes inflammation.

Two forms of the disease

Veterinarians distinguish between two forms of chronic pancreatitis. At irregular intervals, it can trigger indigestion such as diarrhea or vomiting, which in the meantime subsides. But there is also the unnoticed form of pancreatitis that progresses without the cat showing symptoms. Only when the organ has been severely affected and has regressed, do the owners notice that something is wrong with their cat - perhaps because it suddenly decreases sharply. In both cases, treatment of the cat by the veterinarian is essential.

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