The holidays are generally a time of being with loved ones and sharing meals together but sometimes sharing is not always caring, especially when it comes to your family pets. Very commonly pets can become sick with GI upset (vomiting and diarrhea with possible abdominal pain) after ingesting moderate to an excessively amount of human food. This condition can develop into an illness called pancreatitis. This simple means that there is generalized inflammation of the pancreas which is an important organ responsible for secreting digestive enzymes. When a pet ingests food that is not typically a part of their normal diet or food that contains a higher content of fat, the pancreas in its inflamed state cannot properly create the necessary components to digest this fat. This is was leads to the clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. You may also find that your pet is sensitive to having their belly rubbed during this period of time. If these symptoms develop, please seek out help from the doctors at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt to exam and provide the necessary treatment for your pet.
Additionally, be mindful not to give your pet any turkey, chicken or ham bones. Not only could these cause GI upset but also promote obstruction of the intestinal tract. Other potential toxic thanksgiving foods include onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and bread dough. If you simply cannot resist the cute stare down from your pet at home, in small quantities, it is safe to give them skinless turkey breast and fresh vegetables.
The doctors and team of staff members here at
the Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt are sincerely thankful for our wonderful
patients and wish them a healthy holiday season.
Catherine Smith, DVM