Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Chronic Pancreatitis

General Information
Chronic pancreatitis is a disease characterized by repeated episodes of pancreatic inflammation. The pancreas produces chemicals (enzymes) that enter the small intestine to break down food for digestion and absorption into the blood. When the pancreas is inflamed, digestion is faulty and in some cases the inflamed pancreas begins to digest itself. Pancreatitis causes digestive upset and, in severe cases, shock and death.

Signs of chronic pancreatitis include frequent vomiting, flatulence (intestinal gas), weight loss despite a good appetite, and passage of large amounts of clay-colored soft stools.

There are numerous causes of chronic pancreatitis. Various laboratory tests are often needed to diagnose the disorder. Chronic pancreatitis is a disease more likely to be controlled through medication and diet rather than cured. The disease is often complicated by diabetes mellitus.

Important Points in Treatment
In severe cases, hospital treatment is necessary.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.