Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Summary

"Acute pancreatitis can be a life-threatening condition, and early recognition and treatment can improve chances of recovery. Fever, rapid heart rate, and abdominal pain are the most common signs in cats. Treatment is based upon stopping all oral intake to rest the pancreas, correcting the dehydration and maintaining proper fluid and electrolyte balances, and treating any complications or underlying conditions."


"The outlook for pancreatitis depends on the severity of the disease. Most cats survive with supportive treatment. Severely affected animals may require intensive care for several days or weeks. Nutritional support is critical for all feline patients with pancreatitis since fatty liver syndrome frequently occurs. The most severely affected cats may die despite all attempts at treatment. Since it may take time for a clearer picture to emerge with an individual cat, it may be best to start treatment when pancreatitis is suspected, and to see how the condition progresses."

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