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Pancreatitis spec-fpl
bltaylor78 posted:
My 13 yr old cat was diagnosed with pancreatitis after a spec-fpl was done. It said her level was > 50 and my vet said he had never seen anything over 10. Is there more I should be concerned with? She hasn't shown much improvement after 6 days of fluids and anti inflammatories. The vet ruled out diabetes and said the blood tests were in normal ranges for being dehydrated. Thank you.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is an uncommon disease of uncertain origin in cats, but it does occur. Unfortunately, there is no accurate way to diagnose this condition. However, a very high FPL test is highly suggestive of this disease. It's often associated with other diseases (such as diabetes) but not always. Supportive care (fluids, anti-inflammatory medication, anti-nausea medication, and pain medication) is indicated, but there is no specific therapy unless an underlying cause is found. It can be a frustrating disease to treat as it can come and go, getting better and worse. The most important thing is to make sure your cat is comfortable and eating well. If he doesn't respond well to therapy, it may be helpful to ask your veterinarian to refer him to a board certified feline or internal medicine specialist for a second opinion.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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