People food toxic to pets: Fatty foods

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May 24, 2010
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What they’re in: Butter, oils, meat drippings, grease, chocolate, and meat scraps.


Threat to pets: Fatty foods 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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