Sassy - Pancreatitis Complications
Sassy was a 1 year old Chihuahua that first came to Augusta Animal Emergency with dystocia (difficult labor) and secondary sepsis (blood poisoning) from severe infection. During Sassy’s recovery from emergency caesarean section surgery, she developed pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), a serious gastrointestinal complication due to her severe illness. Standard medical treatments for pancreatitis were not completely successful and Sassy would not eat. A jejunostomy tube (a tube surgically placed in the jejunum, the middle section of the small intestines) was used for feedings to bypass the pancreas. After one month of j-tube feedings, Sassy began eating on her own and gaining weight and her recovery progressed without further complication.