When my sister’s pug, “Baby”, was starting to pack on a little extra weight, her Veterinarian questioned her feeding habits. After a while, she asked “So I shouldn’t give Baby her own plate at Thanksgiving?”
Feeding your dog a fatty diet or a lot of table scraps can cause Pancreatitis, or an inflammation of the pancreas. Many pets will experience a mild case during their lifetime, but more severe cases need to be treated by a Veterinarian. The most common symptoms are loss of appetite, vomiting, belly pain, diarrhea, lethargy or difficulty breathing. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms for more than 24 hours, give us a call.
If your pet is suspected to have Pancreatitis, a blood test will usually confirm. Your pet may need to stay away from his regular food and treats for a while and possibly be given fluids by IV.
So how can you keep your pet from suffering from Pancreatitis? Here are a few easy steps:
1. Make sure only human family members are enjoying the Thanksgiving feast. Although turkey and vegetables may seem okay, the oils, salts and preservatives in many of our foods are not good for our pets.
2. Make sure your holiday guests are made aware not to feed your pets table scraps. Many people think dogs should just get all the scraps, but remind your guests that you don’t want to spend your black Friday at your veterinarian’s office.
3. Keep an eye on your pets. With so much food sitting around and extra commotion around your home, be sure your pet cannot get up onto a table or countertop. Also make sure your pet does not have access to trash or be given any bones to chew on.
Bottom line: enjoy your Thanksgiving feast and time with family. If you want to give your dog something special on Thanksgiving, consider an extra treat, a dental chew or a can of dog food.