22 Dec Patient of the Week – Monk
Monk came in for vomiting all over his owner’s bed. Bloodwork was run which, along with his symptoms, supported a diagnosis of pancreatitis.
Monk is doing much better now with medication and supportive care. Monk is currently undecided if he will vomit on his owner’s bed again or will choose somewhere easier to clean next time.
The pancreas is an abdominal organ that assists in food digestion, and regulation of blood sugar. Pancreatitis occurs when this organ becomes inflamed.
Pancreatic enzymes are activated in the pancreas, instead of in the small intestine (where they should be), and the pancreas essentially starts to digest itself.
Signs can include nausea, vomiting, fever, lethargy, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and decreased appetite.
If your cat is showing any of these symptoms, it could be a variety of things ranging from mild to severe, so it is best to bring them to your veterinarian to be sure!