This time of the year, we tend to see an increase in cases of pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. Both are conditions which cause vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia, which can be severe in some cases. Most of these cases are caused by dietary indiscretion; meaning that our pets eat something outside of their normal dog food and treats. It’s so easy to slip a piece of ham to our sweet-eyed begging dog who just wants one little bite, however, that one bite could send their stomach on a rampage. Or to give them just a few green beans, after all green beans are healthy for our dogs, right? Green beans are only healthy when cooked with no salt, and definitely no bacon grease. Pork products are one of the main causes of pancreatitis and/or gastroenteritis. Below are links to information about canine pancreatitis and feline and canine gastritis.
Weight gain is also a problem with our pets over the holidays. There’s a reason our New Year’s resolutions often include some type of weight loss program. Treating our pets over the holidays may also cause them to join in our weight loss venture.
While we all enjoy the holidays – let’s treat our pets to gifts of toys and play time versus sweet treats. Below is a link to AAHA’s recommendations for keeping the holiday weight off your pets.