I get at least one of these calls every year.
“Hello. My dog was not feeling well and I just took him to the vet. Apparently he has acute pancreatitis. I didn’t know we couldn’t give him scraps at the holidays! The vet has him on a special “prescription” diet now. It’s so expensive! What can I do?”
Sadly, many people “treat” their pups to holiday leftovers. The result can be catastrophic. From a terrific, vet-reviewed article on pethealthnetwork.com:
“There are many suggested causes of acute pancreatitis including: obesity, high-fat diets, endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, and various medications or toxins. Even if your dog doesn’t normally eat a high-fat diet, the introduction of a large amount of fatty food all at once can cause acute pancreatitis. Veterinarians see an increase in pancreatitis around the holidays, since many people think a nice way to celebrate is to share their holiday meals with their dog.”
The easiest way to avoid this holiday humbug? Don’t treat your pets to holiday scraps. Offer healthy treat alternatives instead, like new Cloudstar Holiday Gingerbread treats and Digestible Bully Stick Chews – on sale this month just in time for Christmas!