What is pancreatitis in dogs?
Sadly, pancreatitis in dogs is all too common, certain breeds are more susceptible to it such as Cocker Spaniels and Miniature Schnauzers, but it can affect any pooch.
Simply put, pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach that helps your dog to digest his food by producing digestive enzymes that are released into the small intestine.
Digestive enzymes are critical for food digestion. The pancreas also produces insulin which regulates your dog’s blood sugar levels. Pancreatitis can vary in severity and although most dogs go on to recover well, and with careful weight management and an appropriate diet never have an episode again, some do experience several attacks throughout their lifetime and in the worst-case scenario it can be life-threatening.