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Pancreatic Exocrine Neoplasia in Cats

By: Dr. Nicholas Trout

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Antibiotics may be used in some cases of pancreatic surgery depending on the findings at the time of the procedure. These medications may continue when your pet comes home. You will need to offer your pet small meals and water. Do not be tempted to offer too much food, too many treats or the opportunity to gorge on fluids.

If a feeding tube has been used, feeding may still be supplemented by use of a liquid diet that is syringed directly into the intestinal tract. Your veterinarian will go over the dietary protocol for the tube and care of the stoma, the opening where the tube exits the skin on the side of the abdomen. A feeding tube will stay in for at least five days following surgery, whether your pet is eating or not. If your pet is eating by mouth problems, the feeding tube may be pulled after this time. This procedure would be performed by your veterinarian.

Check the surgical incision for swelling redness or discharge. The stitches or staples will need to be removed in 10 to 14 days.

There is no preventative action for exocrine tumors of the pancreas in cats and dogs. Fortunately these tumors are rare and therefore it is important to bear in mind that the likelihood of such a tumor being the reason for your pet's abdominal discomfort or vomiting is usually slim.

Benign tumors of the pancreas can occur but they are usually asymptomatic and an incidental finding at the time of an exploratory surgery, more often than not for reasons other than suspected pancreatic disease.

The prognosis for malignant pancreatic exocrine tumors is extremely poor.

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