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Glucagonoma In Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $100 – $1,800

What Is Glucagonoma In Dogs?

The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach that secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestines and hormones into the blood. The function of secreting digestive enzymes is known as “exocrine function” and the function of secreting hormones is known as “endocrine function”.

The hormones produced by the pancreas are in charge of regulating several vital processes such as tissue function metabolism, growth, reproduction, and sleep.

A glucagonoma is a cancer of the pancreas that may affect the exocrine and/or endocrine functions of the pancreas. Signs of glucagonoma usually include abdominal pain weight loss, vomiting, confusion, ulcers, and weakness. 

Symptoms Of Glucagonoma In Dogs

The signs observed will depend on whether the tumor is affecting the exocrine or endocrine part of the pancreas.

Exocrine glucagonoma

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal mass
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellowish eyes and mucous membranes)
  • Blockage of the intestine

Endocrine glucagonoma

Treatment Of Glucagonoma In Dogs

The treatment of a glucagonoma consists of the surgical removal of the tumor of the entire pancreas. The life expectancy for a dog with this disease is low. 

The cost of treating glucagonoma will depend on how severe the condition is. If it’s an extreme case, treating the condition could be pricey.

Resources for Glucagonoma In Dogs

1-The Merck Manual Pet Health Edition-Disorders Of The Pancreas In Dogs

2-National Canine Cancer Foundation

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