Pancreatitis sounds frightening… and that’s because it is!
This can cause serious health problems for your dog and should be treated immediately by your veterinarian.
Holidays are also a time when pancreatitis cases rise dramatically (which is something I’ll discuss later).
As we approach the holiday season, which will be filled with family gatherings and tasty meals, it is important to protect your pet from pancreatitis.
First, let me explain what pancreatitis actually is.
Pancreatitis, in its simplest form, is inflammation of the pancreas.
The pancreas, which is an important organ for digestion, is very important. It regulates blood sugar levels and makes enzymes to aid digestion. These enzymes are secreted by the pancreas, which is activated in small intestine.
Pancreatitis is a condition in which the dog’s digestive enzymes are activated and start to digest the pancreas. This condition can become fatal if it is not treated quickly by a veterinarian.
It is important to know what causes pancreatitis in dogs and the signs that could indicate it.
Pancreatitis in Dogs: Signs and Causes
You might not notice the warning signs of pancreatitis, but some symptoms may make you think your dog isn’t feeling well. Although your mind may not immediately go to pancreatitis in your dog, it is important to know what signs to watch for and to call your vet immediately if your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms:
Repeated vomitingHunched backDiarrheaPain or distention of the abdomen (pup seems uncomfortable or bloated)Loss of appetiteDehydrationWeakness or lethargicFever
One of these signs may not indicate pancreatitis. If your dog is experiencing any of the following, it is important to keep an eye on him. Your vet should be contacted immediately if your dog has any of these symptoms.
It is important to quickly diagnose and treat pancreatitis in dogs. To diagnose pancreatitis, your vet will examine your dog’s medical history and perform a blood test.
Your vet will then determine the best course.
If your dog suffers from pancreatitis, there are no home remedies that can help. Your veterinarian can help your dog’s pancreatitis be managed and treated.
Let’s now take a look at what you should be looking for.
Remember that pancreatitis can sometimes be a genetic condition in dogs. There may not be a clear cause.
Here are the top causes of pancreatitis among dogs.
A high-fat dietDietary indiscretion (meaning your dog will eat anything and everything in their path)ObesityHypothyroidismSevere blunt traumaDiabetes mellitusCertain medications or other toxins (examples include cholinesterase inhibitors, calcium, azathioprine, potassium bromide, phenobarbital, estrogen, l-asparaginase, salicylates, thiazide diuretics, and vinca alkaloids)
High-fat dog food can be high in fat. But more often it is linked to dogs eating human food.
Some types of human food can be very dangerous for dogs, whether they are fed leftovers from the kitchen or are consumed as table scraps.
It’s because of this that family gatherings and the holiday spirit of “giving” can be very dangerous for your four-legged friend.
Pancreatitis is common during the holidays
Holidays are my favorite time of year. I love family gatherings, festive atmospheres, and good food.
Delicious roasted turkeys, lamb, pumpkin, and frosted sugar cookies are just a few of the delicious treats you can find.
What may seem like a delicious meal for you or a sweet treat for your pet can endanger their health.
As I mentioned, a high-fat diet can lead to pancreatitis. This is why pancreatitis spikes around holidays.
High-fat foods are everywhere and houseguests might not understand why your dog doesn’t want to indulge.
Many holiday celebrations revolve around rich, savory foods, from the Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas candy.
It takes only a good-mannered family member to give your dog a piece from the table with a bone.
Or the tray of desserts you accidentally forgot to place at the counter’s edge.
There are many ways your dog could eat high-fat, rich food during holidays.
This is why you should be more diligent.
Tips to help your puppy avoid pancreatitis
You can help your dog avoid pancreatitis by not giving them high-fat dog food or human food.
Here are some things you can do.
Your family should remind your dog not to eat table scraps. Restrict the treats your dog receives. Your dog won’t be able to get into garbage cans if they aren’t sealed. Take extra care when you go on walks to ensure your dog does not get in the garbage of your neighbor.
It’s okay to treat your dog over the holidays. Just make sure it is a healthy treat and not a giddy treat. ).
These are the worst foods that your dog can eat during holidays and all year.
Turkey skin, bones and gravyCorn on cobOnionSageRaisins/ grapesChocolateBread that contains yeastNuts such as macadamia nuts or pistachios, which are high in fatNutmegAlcohol
This list isn’t complete, but it does contain some of the most delicious fatty foods that your dog could eat at this time of year.
Be diligent and keep your dog’s food away from him.
We wish you and your dogs a happy and healthy holiday season!