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Diagnosis of exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

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Diagnosis of exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Your veterinarian will examine the pet for the existence of the signs and symptoms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. The diagnosis of the EPIis mainly depends on the symptoms of EPI evinced on the patients that include nausea, vomiting, steatorrhea (oily stools), intractable pain and involuntary weight loss.

Pancreatic biopsy only confirms the EPI. Though, indirect tests are employed to preclude the need for surgery. A number of tests have been used:

  • 24 hour fat balance study
  • Oral fat tolerance test
  • Benzoyl-tyrosyl para-amino benzoic acid (BT-PABA) test
  • Fecal proteolytic activity (“fecal trypsin”)

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Causes of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs- An Overview

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EPI causes

The pancreas is a long, slender organ situated in the upper part of the abdomen attached to the back wall of the abdominal cavity in a dog. The stomach and intestines lie in front of the pancreas. The pancreas is shaped like a fish, having a head, a short neck, body and a tail.

The beginning portion of the small intestine called the duodenum surrounds the head of the pancreas. The body is located behind the stomach and the tail touches the spleen, located at the left upper portion of the abdomen, below the rib cage.

Many major blood vessels like the aorta and the vena cava, as well as nerve trunks pass through or very close to the pancreas. Continue reading

Acute Gastroenteritis in Dogs- An Overview

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Dog Gastro enteritis

Gastroenteritis in dogs is a condition prevalent in the dogs of all age groups and breeds. The term gastroenteritis denotes the inflammation of the cells lining the stomach and intestine. Sudden bouts of vomiting, dysentery, dehydration and malaise are some features of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE).

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Learn More About Affordable Pet Insurance Coverage

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Most of us are spending dollars and dollars to ensure the overall health care of our dogs. The dogs require vaccines, annual shots and precautionary scheduled health checks with the vets. Here comes the role of pet insurance. Nowadays there is a new service called as affordable pet insurance coverage is available for the benefit of the pet owners.

As a dog owner, you ought to take care of sudden illnesses or accidental injuries, which may occur anytime when it comes to dogs. As you know very well, the visit to vet’s office is really a perfect pressure on your pocket. This new service of affordable pet insurance coverage gives a hand a hope to the pet owners to have a good control over this problem of sudden illness expenses. Continue reading