The Holidays are here and everyone is excited. Family and friends get together and visit. Parties and other get-togethers allows for the relaxed flow of alcohol and more. Good, rich, traditional food adorns the tables. Oh, yeah! There’s a dog, too! Did you think about him?
The Holidays are a time of joyful reunion and thanks giving for friends, family, and more. However, for the dog, it is a time of rich, succulent foods full of fats, sugars, and other tasty tidbits. More than likely, you and all of your guests, especially kids who don’t know better, will feed tidbits and table scraps to the dog without thinking about the consequences. This can easily lead to a potentially dangerous and all too common condition in dogs during the Holidays. Pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas, an organ paid very little attention to, secretes digestive enzymes into the digestive tract and is closely associated with the stomach, liver, and intestines. Pancreatitis develops when the digestive enzymes are abundant enough to secrete outside the pancreas and other organs, causing the digestion of internal organs and other tissues. Pancreatitis is unpredictable and often ends in death, even with prompt and proper care. It is typically found in obese dogs whose diets are high in fats.
This condition is easily prevented by preventing obesity in dogs by feeding low-fat foods and treats, and overfeeding. A dog that may get the correct amount and quality of food, but does not get any exercise, also has a potential to become obese. Avoid feeding him table scraps from meals; especially from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as these foods are particularly high in fats.
Some signs and symptoms to watch for:
- Vomiting with possible diarrhea
- Possible abdominal pain
- Shock and collapse may also develop as the disease progresses
It is vitally important to rush your dog to the emergency room if you suspect a problem. Consult with your veterinarian on the potential of your dog becoming infected with Pancreatitis, and what you should do to prevent it this holiday season.
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