Feline pancreatitis is more common than many practitioners realize and diagnosis can be extremely challenging.


These non-specific symptoms—lethargy, decreased appetite, dehydration, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and general malaise—could be signs of the disease and an indication that you should test for pancreatitis.



A cat with pancreatitis may present with mild, non-specific symptoms or may even be asymptomatic.


Routine lab work may show non-specific changes on CBC, serum chemistry profile, and urinalysis results. A feline pancreas-specific lipase test can confirm the diagnosis.


Clinical Guidance on Feline Pancreatitis

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Pancreatitis in Dogs Versus Cats

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Until recently, practitioners didn’t diagnose many cases of feline pancreatitis due to diagnostic limitations. Consequently, therapy options aren’t as well-defined as they are for canine pancreatitis.


A typical treatment regimen includes fluid therapy, pain management and nutritional support.


Treatment Recommendations for Feline Pancreatitis