Tag Archives: pancreatitis

Diabetes: Pets and People

A cat curled up in a cat bed

November is American Diabetes Month. To highlight how veterinarians care for pets with diabetes, I thought I would tell the story of one of my patients, a fluffy, grey and white cat named Stone. Stone is a youngster, just under two years of age. He came to see me because his owner had noticed weight loss


Pancreatitis in Dogs

A dog lies on a carpet with sad eyes

The pancreas is a thin, elongated organ that is shaped a bit like a pounded piece of chicken tenderloin. The pancreas lies along the initial portion of the small intestine called the duodenum. As the bile duct leaves the gall bladder, it traverses the pancreas before it enters the duodenum. The pancreas is probably best


Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Cats Get it Too!

stethoscope on siamese cat

Recently, I highlighted a common pancreatic disorder in dogs, pancreatitis. The following day, the New York Times “Well Pet” blog wrote about a much less common, but equally serious pancreatic disorder, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). The article focuses on EPI in dogs, but cats also can suffer from this disease. Pancreatic function The pancreas has


Pancreatitis: Systemic Effects of an Unhappy Organ

golden retriever resting over pillow looking sad

One of my friends was in the hospital last week. Not a human friend, but a dog friend. Happily, I have dog friends who are not dog patients and Decoy is one of those. This lovable lab is a member of a family who are friends of my family. Under the weather I saw Decoy’s