Tetley is a delightful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who came to visit us last month when he had started vomiting and was off his food. Dr Philippa examined Tetley and was concerned he may have pancreatitis - a disease which occurs when the pancreas becomes inflammed and starts to release its' digestive enzymes locally, rather than into the intestinal tract.
Tetley had a blood test done, which confirmed this disease. He was placed on intravenous fluids, pain relief and antibiotics and food was withheld to allow the pancreas
Pancreatitis has many predisposing factors - genetic factors, fatty meals and being overweight are a few. It is a serious disease that can lead to further problems (diabetes, pancreatic abscesses and reoccurrence of the pancreatitis).
Fortunately, Tetley recovered well from his episode of pancreatitis and is now on a strict diet of low fat food. So, as Christmas approaches it is essential to keep those fatty meat scraps and plum pudding and custard away from your canine friends!!