What to Know About Pancreatitis in Dogs and How to Treat It

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The pancreas is an organ that creates digestive enzymes and is responsible for the production of insulin.  A healthy pancreas is vital for breaking down the sugars, fats, and starches in your pet’s diet, as well as maintaining the body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels. Acute pancreatitis is what we call the sudden inflammation of the pancreas. When this happens, the pancreas is flooded with digestive enzymes that normally remain inactive until they reach the small intestine. This can result in: