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Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs with Dr. Langlois & Dr. Cridge

Daniel K. Langlois, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), Michigan State University

Harry Cridge, MVB, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), MRCVS, Michigan State University

In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Daniel Langlois DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), and Harry Cridge MVB, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), MRCVS, to talk about their recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs.” Dr. Cridge and Dr. Langlois comprehensively review this condition from both referral and general practice perspectives. They navigate the confusing topic of diagnosing pancreatitis and emphasize the most important aspects of treatment, including that steroids may actually be an option in a few cases.

Key Takeaways

  • Pancreatitis is a clinical diagnosis that relies on both clinical and diagnostic findings. It is painful, though the pain may be challenging to identify.
  • Patients can present with overt symptoms, or something as subtle as inappetence.
  • Preferred diagnostics include pancreas-specific lipase and abdominal ultrasound.
  • CBC/serum chemistry profile and abdominal radiographs can help screen for and rule out other conditions.
  • Serum amylase is not reliable, though lipase can be depending on the assay.
  • Treatment involves fluids, pain control, antiemetics, and enteral feeding as soon as able.
  • Steroids may also be an option in select cases.

About Our Guests

Daniel K. Langlois, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), is an associate professor and head of the small animal internal medicine service at Michigan State University. Dr. Langlois earned his DVM from Louisiana State University, completed an internship at The Ohio State University, and completed a residency at Michigan State University. His interests include endocrinology, liver diseases, and GI diseases.

Harry Cridge, MVB, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM (SAIM), is an assistant professor of small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University. He earned his veterinary medical degree from University College Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Cridge also completed a small animal rotating internship, earned his MS, and completed an internal medicine residency at Mississippi State University. His clinical and research interests are in exocrine pancreatic disease, gastroenterology, and infectious disease.

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