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One of our favorite holidays is just around the corner, and many pets will be included in the festivities. After all, how could you resist a cute face looking up at you at the Thanksgiving table?

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Be careful when feeding turkey and all sorts of other delicious foods as treats or meals this Thanksgiving. In addition to the risk that bones from meats can cause, the oils and fats in some of the food (especially turkey drippings) can cause a condition called Acute Pancreatitis.

The pancreas is a small organ, but plays a big part in digesting food. When the pancreas gets irritated, it can cause your pet to become very sick. Pancreatitis can be life-threatening and must be treated by your veterinarian.

Signs of Pancreatitis

Signs of Pancreatitis may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Lethargy (decrease in energy)
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Vocalization
  • Restlessness
  • Dehydration

If you see some of these signs from your pet, especially after he or she may have been given treats from a holiday meal, call your veterinarian right away.

Remember: don't give into puppy-dog eyes, even on special occasions! Your dog does not need to eat human food. As an alternative, keep a bowl of baby carrots or dog kibble on the counter and offer those as handouts instead.

Let's make this holiday a season where you won't need to bring your loved ones to the vet for signs of pancreatitis – it can be prevented beforehand! That way, everyone can enjoy the holiday AND the days after.

Please pass this message along to your friends with furry loved ones, and call us at (804) 272-7544 if you have any questions.