When it comes to pancreatitis, early recognition and treatment is one of the best ways to improve your cat’s chances of a full recovery. Some of the most common symptoms of pancreatitis in cats can be:1
Identifying any of these symptoms may be a good enough reason to go to the vet, even if it doesn’t end up being pancreatitis. Once there, your vet may recommend multiple tests to help with diagnosis. These can typically include blood tests to look for elevated white blood cell and enzyme counts. Your vet may also use ultrasounds to look for signs of inflammation in and around your cat’s pancreas.1
A more recent development in pancreatitis testing is the Specific Feline Pancreatic Lipase (Spec fPL) test.1,2 This is a newer technique that looks for specific blood serum markers to quickly provide a positive or negative pancreatitis diagnosis.
Treating pancreatitis in cats may involve intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain a healthy hydration and electrolyte balance, as well as a hospital stay for a few days. Your vet may also administer medication to manage vomiting and inflammation and relieve any pain your cat might be experiencing.1
Cats with more severe pancreatitis can be at risk of going into systemic shock. In this case, your vet may administer more aggressive doses of fluids and medication.1 This may also require extended hospitalization so your cat’s condition can be monitored during recovery.
Although most forms of pancreatitis can be resolved with treatment, this may not always be the case. Some cats can develop chronic pancreatitis — where they experience periodic bouts of inflammation throughout their life, requiring multiple treatment sessions. Your vet may prescribe a special diet to help manage inflammation, especially if your cat has also been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease or diabetes.1
How much does it cost to treat pancreatitis? That depends on a number of factors, including your geographical location. Clinics located in more populated areas may have higher fees for treatment compared to those in rural areas. Typically, pancreatitis treatment costs somewhere between $400 and $1,500.3 If your cat is experiencing a more severe form of pancreatitis, then your bill may fall on the higher end. For cats with chronic pancreatitis, the cost of multiple vet visits for this treatment can add up — potentially costing thousands of dollars over the life of your beloved pet.
Fortunately, a cat insurance policy can help you afford the care your kitty needs. MetLife Pet Insurance can offer coverage for vet expenses, such as diagnostic testing, hospitalization, and vet-prescribed diets. Get a personalized quote today to see how MetLife Pet could help you.