December 3rd 2010 10:30 am
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It is so much easier for our furs to access fat or fatty foods around the Holidays. Please be extra careful.... We Thank Bandit's Momma for sharing the detailed medical side of Pancreatitis. The very last thing any of us want, is for our companions to be ill. SHARING HERE SO MORE MAY SEE THE INFORMATION AND BE MORE AWARE.
For those of you who don't know about pancreatitis, below is an article explaining it. It is a real danger for pugs and can be fatal quickly.
In pancreatitis, enzymes become prematurely activated so that they actually begin their digestive functions within the pancreas.
The pancreas, in essence, begins digesting itself.
Digestion of the blood vessels in the pancreas results in bleeding.
Other active pancreatic chemicals cause blood vessels to become leaky, and fluid begins seeping into the abdominal cavity.
The activated enzymes also gain access to the bloodstream through leaky, eroded blood vessels, and begin circulating throughout the body.
Pain is a major symptom in acute pancreatitis, and it is usually quite intense and steady, located in the upper abdomen, and radiating to the patient's back.
Nausea and vomiting and abdominal swelling are also common symptoms.
A patient will often have a slight fever, with an increased heart rate and low blood pressure.
Patients with acute pancreatitis are at risk of complications related to shock, a very serious syndrome that occurs when the blood pressure is too low to get adequate circulation to critical organs.
Without adequate blood pressure, organs are deprived of oxygen, nutrients, and waste removal and may not function well.
Kidney, respiratory, and heart failure are serious possible outcomes of shock.
Even if shock does not occur, circulating pancreatic enzymes and related toxins can cause damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, lining of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, eyes, bones, and skin.
As the pancreatic enzymes affect blood vessels, the risk of blood clots increases.
When blood flow is blocked by clotting, the supply of oxygen is further decreased to various organs and additional damage done.
Other serious complications of acute pancreatitis include pancreatic necrosis, abcess, and pseudocyst formation.
Pancreatic necrosis occurs when a significant portion of the pancreas is permanently damaged during an acute attack.
Pancreatic necrosis has an increased risk of death and an increased chance of pancreatic infection.
A pancreatic abscess is a local collection of pus that may develop several weeks after the illness subsides.
Another late complication of pancreatitis, occurring several weeks after the illness begins, is called a pancreatic pseudocyst, which occurs when dead pancreatic tissue, blood, white blood cells, enzymes, and fluid leaked from the circulatory system accumulate.
Pseudocysts cause recurrent abdominal pain and also press on other nearby structures in the gastrointestinal tract, causing disruption of function.
Pseudocysts are life threatening when they become infected (abscess) and rupture.
Simple rupture of a pseudocyst causes death 14% of the time, but rupture complicated by bleeding causes death 60% of the time.
In very severe cases of pancreatitis, called necrotizing pancreatitis, the pancreatic tissue begins to die, and bleeding increases.
................................................ ................YEARS AGO MY AUNT TOOK TURKEY IN THE ROASTER AND SET IT IN HER CAR GARAGE TO COOL. MY COUSIN'S SMALL SCHNAUZER AND YORKIE CLIMBED AND GOT INTO THIS. (THEY ATE ALOT OF SKIN AND FATTY LIQUID IN THE ROASTER. BOTH OF THEM DIED) IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE FACT THAT THE FAMILY KNEW WHAT HAD CAUSED THEIR DEATHS. THEY WERE JUST FARM BOYS AND HAD NEVER HEARD OF THESE KINDS OF PROBLEMS. NO ONE EXPECTED THESE LITTLE GUYS TO CLIMB AND JUMP TO THE SHELVES WHERE THE TURKEY WAS PLACED. ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING.....
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yep, we know all about this...my Aunts dog was very sick with this yrs ago...
thanks again for the info