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Feature September 2014 Issue

Diagnosis: Feline Pancreatitis

A cat with pancreatitis is likely to refuse all food and may ultimately require short-term surgical placement of a feeding tube to ensure adequate nutrition.

Diagnosis: Feline Pancreatitis

In some cases, this disorder may be life-threatening and will require prolonged care. Unfortunately, it can also be hard to diagnose. Hereís why.

The feline pancreas is a slender strip of tissue, shaped somewhat like an upside-down L that is tucked snugly within the right-hand side of a catís abdomen, at a junction between the animalís left kidney and her duodenum ó the beginning portion of her upper intestinal tract. Despite the organís modest size, the multifaceted role that it plays is huge. Indeed, your catís good health depends on a properly functioning pancreas.

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