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Pancreatitis is a scary and confusing disease for any pet parent to encounter. For veterinarians, it's maddening. Pancreatitis is often difficult to diagnose, difficult to identify its underlying cause, and sometimes resistant to treatment. To fully understand why, you must know what exactly is pancreatitis. Credit: Flickr/Bev Goodwin What is Pancreatitis? The pancreas is a small organ that is located between the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. It has two main functions: the production of the hormone insulin and the manufacture of digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis develops when the organ becomes inflamed for any of a number (or no particular) reason. The symptoms of panc...

The statistics about cancer in our pets are astounding and are definitely not in favor of our companion canines and felines. Credit: Thinkstock According to PetCancerAwareness.org: –Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year (via The Veterinary Cancer Center) –Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans (via the American Veterinary Medical Association) –Approximately 1 in 4 dogs develops a tumor of some kind during his lifetime (via the American Veterinary Medical Association) If you're not already aware, I have endured the process of putting my own pet through surgery and chemotherapy to resolve his cancer. It's been a challenging yet inspirational ...

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We all know how our furry friends enjoy a good pet. Well, it is amazing how little time is required for petting to make a big difference in their stress levels. At the 2014 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Symposium researchers presented an abstract synopsis of a yet to be published study of 15-minute petting sessions with shelter dogs. The results are illuminating and really reinforce the impact of companionship in helping shelter dogs adjust to potential adoption. Credit: Getty Creative The Dog Stress Study Fifty-five shelter dogs were subjected to one 15-minute petting session with an unfamiliar volunteer at a county animal shelter. The sessions were videotaped and the ...