Pancreatitis in dogs is quite common. If your dog is puking and has diarrhea, then pancreatitis is one possibility that your vet will check for. You don't want to diagnose your dog yourself because vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms for a lot of conditions. Your veterinarian has the machinery and the know how for a proper diagnosis.
The pancreas produces both insulin and food digestion enzymes. Pancreatitis, in both dogs and humans, occurs when the pancreas is inflamed. The digestion enzymes become active before they leave the pancreas. This results in inflammation because the pancreas is being "digested".
Mild forms of pancreatitis in dogs are usually temporary and caused by food sensitivity and other factors. Severe forms can result in hemorrhaging and death. A sign of a more severe form of pancreatis in dogs is recurring vomiting and diarrhea.
Pancreatitis in dogs can lead to other diseases as well. This is because pancreatitis can cause digestive enzymes to flood other organs in the body and cause damage. Keep a good eye on your dog for signs of this condition.
If you believe your dog is experiencing pancreatitis, bring it to the vet immediately. If you can't do this right away, be sure to prevent your dog from eating food or drinking lots of water. Small amounts of water in frequent intervals are ok to prevent dehydration, which is a common symptom of pancreatitis. Food and large amounts of water will stimulate the digestive process, which includes the digestion of the pancreas if it is inflamed. Call a neighbor or friend if it seems urgent and you cannot run to the vet.
There is no reason to be too alarmed when your dog has both vomiting and diarrhea. However, veterinarians often suggest that you call them immediately if either both of these symptoms are experienced together or if there is blood in either the vomiting or the diarrhea. Pancreatitis in dogs is not necessarily an urgent emergency, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
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