Pancreatitis and Thanksgiving/Christmas

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, you may be thinking of turkey and ham. Your veterinarian is getting geared up for cases of canine pancreatitis. Severe vomiting and diarrhea characterize pancreatitis. It can be diagnosed with either a snap test or a blood test. Dogs between the ages of one and three years of age tend to contract this disease. Schnauzers and beagles are the most common dogs I see in my practice that get pancreatitis. A small amount of high fat food can trigger pancreatitis. From anecdotal personal experience, top foods that can start a pancreatic episode are 1) ham/bacon/sausage 2)buttered popcorn 3)peanut butter and 4)the brand new puppy’s food. Dogs with pancreatitis should be started on a special diet to minimize the chances of recurrence. Early diagnosis and treatment is important as these pets can become dehydrated very quickly.