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Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of feline pancreatitis

Sheena Warman and Andrea Harvey, University of Bristol

Unlike dogs, cats have a pancreatic duct which enters the duodenum after merging with the common bile duct and this feature is believed to make cats with biliary disease more susceptible to pancreatitis. While new, more sensitive diagnostic tools are being developed, its diagnosis is still a significant clinical challenge for general practitioners. The authors discuss the pathophysiology of pancreatitis, describe risk factors and common clinical signs, and offer advice on the management of both severe and mild forms of the disease.

In Practice 29 (8): 470-477.

Abstract reproduced by kind permission of Veterinary Practice magazine