Spotting the Signs of Pancreatitis in Dogs

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The normal job of the pancreas is to produce a hormone called insulin, which helps the body digest sugar and regulates levels of sugar in the blood. When your dog has pancreatitis, the pancreas can’t do its job, which can cause a long list of uncomfortable symptoms for your pup. Although mild cases of pancreatitis are not usually serious, you should always call your veterinarian if you think your dog could be ill, as severe cases can lead to loss of life. These are the signs of pancreatitis that you should be on the lookout for, so you can get vet care as soon as possible.


Dogs with pancreatitis often become dehydrated. The dehydration has a few different causes, including the vomiting and diarrhea that often accompanies pancreatitis, as well as high blood sugar levels and nausea that prevents dogs from drinking. Panting, sunken-looking eyes, low energy levels, and loss of skin elasticity are all signs of dehydration in dogs.


Vomiting occurs sometimes in dogs with pancreatitis, but diarrhea is the most common sign of intestinal distress you are likely to see. Dogs with diarrhea caused by pancreatitis may experience loose stools outside or may lose their abilities to control themselves indoors and have an accident. Frequent diarrhea increases the risk of dehydration, which can make mild cases of pancreatitis more serious.

Breathing Difficulties

Dogs who are suffering from pancreatitis may struggle to catch their breath. They may become intolerant to exercise and generally seem lethargic, but they may breathe as though they have been very active. This symptom should always be evaluated at your animal clinic.

If you suspect that your dog has pancreatitis, call your veterinarian or contact us at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal hospital offers fast appointments for acute care and emergency care when your pet is in crisis. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

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