Pancreatitis In The Dog - for vets < 8 years qualified
Date: 15th May 2019
Talk by Edward J. Hall, MA, Vet MB, PhD, DipECVIM-CA, FRCVS
Ed Hall is Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Bristol, and currently sees referral GI cases at Langford Vets. A Cambridge graduate, he undertook postgraduate clinical and research training in Philadelphia and Liverpool. He is a Diplomate of the ECVIM-CA, an EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and, so far, is the only RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Gastroenterology).
The ante mortem diagnosis of pancreatitis and, ultimately, its treatment remain challenging. Controversy still exists over the aetiology and differentiation of acute pancreatitis (AP) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). Every ‘expert’ has their opinion on this problematic condition and the literature is confusing. Certain risk factors for the development of AP are known, with “fat” playing a role, but the underlying mechanism is still unclear. Our ability to recognise and treat (CP) in dogs and both AP and CP in cats is even more problematic.
The diagnosis of canine AP has been improved by abdominal ultrasound and the cPLI test, but it is not 100% sensitive or specific. History, physical examination, and minimum data base must be integrated with the ultrasound images and cPLI result to have confidence in the presumptive diagnosis. Pancreatic biopsy is very rarely performed for absolute confirmation.
Treatment of AP has changed completely in the past decade but the use of steroids remains controversial. Whilst circulatory support and analgesia remain essential, the principle of NPO has been replaced by trying to feed as soon as possible through the use of anti-emetics and, if necessary, tube-assisted methods.
Held at Padbrook Park Hotel, Cullompton.
Kindly sponsored by VetPlus.
A hot meal will be served prior to the start of the talk at 7.15pm prompt with the talk commencing at 7.45pm.
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