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Acute Pancreatitis in Cats

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Optimal treatment for your cat requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical.
Follow-up for acute pancreatitis often includes:

  • Administer as directed any medications prescribed by your veterinarian and contact your veterinarian promptly if you have difficulty treating your cat.

  • Follow dietary recommendations for your cat made by your veterinarian. Cats with pancreatitis often are placed on a low-fat diet and should not be fed table scraps.

  • Consider a weight loss program for obese cats because obesity may predispose to pancreatitis.

  • Keep your cat under close supervision so that it cannot get into and eat garbage.

  • Observe your cat's activity level, appetite and watch for vomiting or diarrhea. Also watch for signs of abdominal pain (difficulty getting comfortable), vomiting, loss of appetite or other abnormalities.

  • Actual prescribed follow-up will depend on the severity of your cat's disease, response to therapy and your veterinarian's recommendations.

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