What are Pancreatic Conditions?
The pancreas is an important organ in your pet’s body which plays two significant roles. It produces the enzymes needed for the digestion of certain foods, and it produces the hormones such as insulin which are required for the metabolism of sugar and amino acids. When these functions are compromised a number of health complications can arise.
Pancreatic conditions are often serious and can include disorders such as pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and diabetes. While symptoms will vary depending on the type of pancreatic condition, they may include a number of fairly broad symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, excessive thirst or general lethargy. If you suspect that your pet may have a pancreatic condition, then a tip to the vet is essential.
What Causes Pancreatic Conditions?
The cause of pancreatic conditions is not always known, however, there do seem to be a number of common risk factors that increase the chances of your pet developing a pancreatic condition. These include genetic factors, diet, obesity, high-fat meals; build up of toxins in the body and trauma to the pancreas itself.
Diagnosing Pancreatic Conditions
When at the vet, make sure you provide your veterinarian with your pet’s medical history and a detailed description of symptoms. After a thorough physical examination, your vet will probably run some blood tests where hormone levels will be checked and signs of enzymes in the blood picked up. Additional testing and scans may be necessary if pancreatic cancer is suspected.
Help for Pancreatic Conditions
Treatment of pancreatic conditions will depend entirely on what condition is diagnosed. However, any pancreatic condition is generally considered to be serious and in many cases intensive veterinary treatment is necessary. This may include intravenous nutrition, surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy as well as life long medication such as insulin. Lifestyle changes including adjusting your pet’s diet and reducing fat intake are often advised.
Once a diagnosis has been made and veterinary treatment administered, herbal and homeopathic remedies can be most beneficial in aiding with the treatment of pancreatic conditions and helping to prevent recurrence.
Milk thistle is an example of a very beneficial herb when dealing with pancreatic, gall bladder and liver disease. Its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to remove toxins from the system reduce inflammation making it perfect for a number of pancreatic conditions.
Burdock is another herb that can be taken to prevent certain pancreatic conditions and treat some of the associated pancreatic symptoms. Burdock has antibiotic properties and works as a blood purifier, while also helping to regulate insulin production from the pancreas. Bio-chemic tissue salts can also be taken as a natural way of healing pancreatic conditions. Nat phos Is recommended for its ability to assimilate fats, while Nat sulph can be taken to promote over-all pancreatic health.