Hi! My name is Jack and I am one of the owners of WCRAH.  I am a 4 year old domestic shorthair tabby cat.  I let the doctors think they are in charge but we all know better.  I have the entire staff eating out of my paw.  All I have to do is jump onto the wet table, stare at them and they turn the faucet on for a fresh drink.  I also get treats on demand.  I’ve got this place wired.  I’d like to talk to you about a common disease process called Pancreatitis that we treat year round but especially around the holidays.

Pancreatitis is usually caused by eating rich foods (people food like steak, hot dogs, cheese, leftovers…), getting into the garbage, certain disease processes or even being overweight can contribute to this disease.  Even pets that have had people food or leftovers their whole life can get Pancreatitis.  As the body ages, it becomes less able to handle that type of diet.   Hold on a minute!  Someone left the bathroom door open.  I love to hide in the shower and jump out when they least suspect it!

OK, back to the subject at hand.  Pancreatitis is an extremely painful disease.  Dogs and cats can have different symptoms.  Almost all dogs will vomit and have abdominal pain.  Some of them will also have diarrhea, while cats rarely vomit and only sometimes have abdominal pain.  Cat pancreatitis also tends to be chronic and have vague symptoms.

With the holidays coming, please be careful what types of foods your pet might be exposed to.  Never leave your pet unattended around the dinner table (especially when topped with Turkey and all the trimmings).   Also, try to resist giving them even “just a small bite”.  That can be all it takes to trigger Pancreatitis.  Keep all “goodies” away from roaming noses.  This disease is usually able to be managed with a few days in the hospital but sometimes the disease progresses and some pets even die from Pancreatitis.

Well, I think that’s enough for now.  I’m off to train some of the new staff members on the importance of my constant need for pampering.  I hope you learned a few things about Pancreatitis.  If you have any further questions, just call the docs at WCRAH.