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What causes pancreatitis in dogs?

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Experts aren't sure what causes the pancreas irritation, but some breeds, especially schnauzers, are more prone to it. Older dogs and ones who are overweight are also more likely to get it. Sometimes, the condition comes on as a side effect to a drug, or after surgery. More commonly, a fatty meal, like bacon grease or table scraps, triggers it. Dogs usually recover from mild cases, but if it's severe, it can sometimes lead to death. If your dog is overweight or has diabetes or epilepsy, it may have a harder time getting over an attack.

SOURCES:

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: "Pancreatitis."

News release, Colorado State University.

MedlinePlus: "Abscess," "Pancreatic Diseases."

The Merck Manual Veterinary Edition: "Pancreatitis in Small Animals."

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners."

Jan Suchodolski, med.vet., Dr. med.vet, PhD, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: "Pancreatitis Information" and "Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity (PLI)."

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Your Dog: "Big Steak Dinner."

Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: "Pancreatitis."

News release, Colorado State University.

MedlinePlus: "Abscess," "Pancreatic Diseases."

The Merck Manual Veterinary Edition: "Pancreatitis in Small Animals."

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners."

Jan Suchodolski, med.vet., Dr. med.vet, PhD, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: "Pancreatitis Information" and "Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity (PLI)."

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Your Dog: "Big Steak Dinner."

Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 21, 2019

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