Pancreatitis - what can I expect?

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YvonneD:
My 10 year old cat has been diagnosed with pancreatitis. He wouldn't eat the bland food prescribed by the vet so she suggested I give him any low fat food. I give him Science Diet Light, which he likes a lot (when he's feeling well). She told me to give him 1/4 of a Pepcid twice a day. She also gave him four days of Medacam. Yesterday was the last dose. He really responded well to it and seemed to be feeling almost normal until last night when he vomited. He actually had not been vomiting, even before the Medacam. The Medacam should still be at full strength in his system so I'm surprised that he's sick again.
This morning he looks like he did last week (before the diagnosis). After he eats, he just sits on a pillow. He looks like he's uncomfortable. This is exactly what was happening. He only felt well when his stomach was empty.
As I'm writing this I see that he's starting to feel better. Now he wants to eat the rest of his breakfast and he's running around.

I am really upset and confused. Can someone tell me what I can expect him to be like with this disease. Will he go through periods of pain and then feeling fine again? He's been fine for days and now sick for an hour and now fine again.
Any idea how long he can live with pancreatitis? It sounded from the vet like there isn't much I can do to prevent the attacks since they don't know what causes it in the first place. No meds to cure it.

My husband died last year and this cat has been of great comfort to me. He's the sweetest and most gentle animal I've ever know and I want to do what's right for him.
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Paul M. Cook:
[nq:1]My 10 year old cat has been diagnosed with pancreatitis. He wouldn't eat the bland food prescribed by the vet ... me. He's the sweetest and most gentle animal I've ever know and I want to do what's right for him.[/nq]
Well in humans 1 in 10 is the fatality rate. There are degrees of pancreatitis, an acute and a chronic form. It really is hard to say how long he will live, odds are with him though. Humans respond very well to milk thistle as a therapy. It supports the liver and aids digestion as well as it benefits the pancreas. You can mix it in with his food as the powder dorm has no taste or you can try products like this:

http://www.petwellbeing.com/cat-liver-disease-p64.cfm

I have bouts of inflamed pancreas caused by bad diet and diabetes. Milk thistle really works wonders. Trust me, it is very effective.

Paul
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Rene S.:
Yvonne,
My Tucker had a six-week bout (give or take a week) of pancreatitis. It's important for his treatment that he have ample fluids and pain medication. Yes, he will have some food days and not-so-good days, and he will possibly vomit.
Please call your vet and get more pain medication (at least another 1-2 weeks' worth) and a bag of sub-cutaneous fluids and some 18-gauge needles. Have your vet show you how to administer the fluids. It's not hard and you can easily do it at home. Your vet might balk at this, but insist. I have been there and it wasn't until I started this treatment that my cat started getting better.
PLEASE also feed your cat a high-quality, wet diet (grain free), NO dry. It's best for his overall, long term health. He needs more moisture in his diet, especially now. Try a brand like Nature's Variety, Wellness, or Innova Evo.
Email me for more information or for support.
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Rene:
Any updates?
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