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Companion Animal Practice
Feline pancreatitis: current concepts and treatment guidelines
  1. Sheena Warman

    Sheena Warman graduated from Glasgow in 1997. She spent four years in mixed practice in Hertfordshire before undertaking a residency in small animal medicine and intensive care at Bristol. She is currently a clinical fellow in small animal medicine at Bristol. She holds the RCVS and European diplomas in small animal medicine.

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  2. Andrea Harvey

    Andrea Harvey graduated from Bristol in 2000. After 18 months in small animal practice, she undertook a threeyear residency in feline medicine at Bristol, where she is now the Feline Advisory Bureau clinical fellow in feline medicine. She holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine (feline) and the European diploma in veterinary internal medicine.

Abstract

PANCREATITIS is becoming increasingly recognised as a clinical entity in cats. It has always been notoriously difficult to diagnose. Recently, diagnosis has been aided by newer, more sensitive diagnostic tools; however, no test is 100 per cent sensitive or specific, and pancreatitis therefore remains a diagnostic challenge. This article provides an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the pancreas, the pathophysiology involved in pancreatitis and the associated risk factors and clinical signs. It also presents practical guidance on the diagnosis and management of both mild and severe disease in cats.

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