Rod's site has good info about Pancreatitis http://cavalierhealth.org/pancreatitis.htm
The cells of the pancreas secrete the enzymes used for digestion, normally the pancreas is protected from premature activation of these digestive enzymes, which could result in digesting the pancreas itself. Pancreatitis occurs when the enzymes are activated while still in the pancreas, thereby causing death to its tissues. It is extremely painful.
Chronic pancreatitis is a continuous inflammation which can cause permanent damage to the tissues of the pancreas' tissues. This results in insufficient creation of enzymes, resulting in exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). [Easy to treat now with the addition of enzymes to each meal]
Chronic pancreatitis may result in diabetes mellitus
This is aimed at veterinary professionals, http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/di...ncreatitis.pdf I have pulled out some relevant bits, and tried to make them easier to understand:
clinical signs of Pancreatitis
In dogs, the classic clinical signs of pancreatitis are:
Other signs may
Diagnosing pancreatitis can be difficult because these signs are often associated with other diseases.
Animals may develop pancreatitis from:
high-fat and, possibly, lowprotein diets
a genetic predisposition
surgical interference secondary to hypovolemic, hypotensive, or ischemic insults to the pancreas
Drugs may possibly cause pancreatitis.
Treatment for acute pancreatitis
Provide saline suport - IVs
Provide plasma protein
Administer analgesics for pain.
Remove causal agent, if identified.
Administer antiemetics if vomiting persists despite no food being taken.
Administer antibiotics if theres a potential for bacterial infection spreading.
Insert feeding tube (in severe cases)
Prescribe a low-fat diet with adequate protein content.
Find drug alternatives for animals taking drugs known to cause pancreatitis
Regular blood tests