Turkey, and Giblets, and Gravy, OH MY!

The holiday season is coming, and the risk of pancreatitis increases with each family gathering!

Although there are some foods that are safe for dogs in moderation, most holiday meals and treats are hazardous to your pet’s health.

Pies, cakes, and candies are full of sugar and are not ideal treats for your pets.

In addition, rich foods like gravy, dressing, turkey, and puddings that are high in fat, can cause pancreatitis. Canine pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that can occur in two very different forms. Acute pancreatitis is sudden, and commonly occurs during the holidays, when pets are “accidentally on purpose” given a taste of the family feast!

Some tips for avoiding pet sickness during the holiday season include:

*Keep pets crated or in a room away from the food!

*Take the trash out, and do not leave food lying around on tables or counters.

*Make sure children and relatives understand that your pet does not eat table food.

If you notice vomiting or diarrhea, or feel like your furry friend is less active than usual, call us immediately. If Fido or Frisky has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, early detection is important. Left untreated, pancreatitis can be fatal.

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