In the veterinary world, the days after Thanksgiving and Christmas are called “panc days,” in reference to the influx in cases of pancreatitis we see in pets. Most people know the peril that can befall our pets from eating bones. However, not everyone is familiar with the dangers associated with the high fat content in a deliciously unattended turkey carcass.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, often stemming from eating a large amount of fatty or rich food. This leads to inflammation of multiple areas in the gut resulting in diarrhea, vomiting and significant pain. Mild cases can be treated with hydration, a bland diet, pain control and gastrointestinal medication from your veterinarian. However, many cases require more aggressive IV fluids and hospitalization to resolve persistent gut inflammation and serious pain.
This season, avoid panc day by keeping that delicious turkey and leftover gravy boat out of reach from determined, counter-surfing pets.
In partnership with Willamette Veterinary Hospital
& Ark Animal Hospital
Josiah Moses, DVM Eastgate Veterinary Clinic