PANCREATITIS is a problem familiar to most small animal practitioners, yet the diagnosis can be difficult to confirm, treatment is non-specific and the prognosis is guarded because there are no criteria for accurately predicting the outcome. Similar difficulties were encountered in humans with pancreatitis until intensive research enabled an improved understanding of the pathophysiology, more accurate methods of diagnosis and predicting severity, and a rational basis for selecting patients needing surgical treatment. This article describes the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatitis in the dog, highlighting recent advances influencing patient care.
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