Shelter Health

Top Toxic Causes of Pancreatitis in Pets

We’re all familiar with the dog who digs in the trash can and develops pancreatitis a few days later. But the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reminds you that several toxins can cause pancreatitis as well.

Read on to discover when you need to be worried about pancreatitis as a sequelae to intoxication.

Chocolate. Okay, this one is a no-brainer. Chocolate, like some other foods, is likely to cause pancreatitis. Once pets are past the tachycardia and hyperactivity, they may bounce right back to the hospital with a raging case of pancreatitis.

Lilies. When cats get into lilies, acute kidney failure isn’t the only risk. Did you know that they can also develop pancreatitis? Make sure that when you are fluid diuresing these cats for that Lilium or Hemerocallis spp. lily ingestion you also monitor them for pancreatitis.

Zinc. Zinc can cause severe and life-threatening intravascular hemolysis, which can be complicated by the development of potentially severe pancreatitis.

Organophosphates. Some OP’s, especially disulfoton and diazinon, can also cause pancreatitis. Cases of life-threatening, severe necrotizing pancreatitis have been seen.

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