Trick question: Some people foods are fine for pets. (Click here
for a list of approved snacks.) However, some people foods can seriously endanger pets’ health. Play it safe this season by keeping pets on their regular diets over the holidays and don’t let family and friends sneak them table scraps.
Threat to pets: Fatty foods, such as meat scraps and drippings, may cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) when ingested, especially by dogs. Certain breeds, miniature Schnauzers in particular, are more likely to develop pancreatitis than other breeds.
Signs: Delayed onset vomiting one to four days after fatty meal ingestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea (with or without blood), reduced appetite, and lethargy.
Treatment: Administering anti-nausea and anti-vomiting medications, withholding food or giving only easily digestible diets, administering intravenous fluids, monitoring blood chemistry panels, and receiving in-hospital care. In certain cases other drugs, such as antibiotics, may be necessary.
Prognosis: Good when treated early and appropriately.
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