Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas, a large glandular structure located just behind the stomach, becomes inflamed. The pancreas secretes enzymes that aid in the digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
Pancreatitis is one of the most common diseases in dogs. It can occur at any age but is most common between 3 to 8 years of age. There are two major types of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Acute pancreatitis can be difficult to treat and often requires hospitalization to monitor for signs of worsening disease or infection.