Everyone loves holiday foods…especially our pets! But, Sleuth the Reporter Dog has found out that many pets develop a serious, painful disease during the holidays. He also determined that it’s likely due to the holiday feast...so let’s see what Sleuth learned about pancreatitis!
1) Pancreatitis is an agonizing disease caused by inflammation of the pancreas. This organ is responsible for providing digestive enzymes and insulin to the pet’s body.
2) For some reason, cases of pancreatitis result from an early triggering of these enzymes. These chemicals actually attack the pancreas and surrounding tissue.
3) Veterinarians recognize that this disease can appear suddenly (acute pancreatitis) or develop slowly over a long period of time (chronic pancreatitis).
4) Most commonly, dogs are affected with acute pancreatitis and cats suffer from chronic pancreatitis.
5) It is believed that fatty holiday diets (turkey, ham, gravy) contribute to the appearance of pancreatitis. Pets often stop eating, act painful in their abdomen, may develop diarrhea and usually start vomiting.
6) This is definitely an emergency situation and your pet needs to be seen immediately! Veterinarians will draw blood and take x-rays to make sure that the symptoms aren’t due to some other cause, like an intestinal obstruction.
7) Treatment consists of hospitalization with IV fluids and medications to help control the pain. Often, the pancreas will heal on its own, but it takes several days before the pet can eat or take any water by mouth.
8) To avoid this situation, don’t give into the temptation to share the holiday meal with your pets. Also, be aware of your pet’s behavior and even stance. Changes in either could be an early warning for this painful problem.
9) Ask your veterinarian about safe treats for your pets during the holidays so that you won’t need to spend time in the animal ER!
10) Trust a site like MyVNN.com to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.