Holly’s Not So Jolly: Creating a Safe Holiday for Pets

It’s easy to get swept away by the merriment and festivities of the holiday – what with all the tree trimming, menorah lighting, decorating, and – did we mention – food? And presents?

However, for our pets, the season may also deliver some hidden risks and dangers. To help you create a safe holiday for pets, we’re offering some tips for protecting your furriest family members.

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Pancreatitis in Pets: A Thanksgiving Threat

pancreatitis in petsAs Thanksgiving approaches, many pet owners will be adding their pets to the list of things they are grateful for. Pets provide us with so much joy, love, and companionship, that it’s understandable to want to include them in our important family events, including sharing the big Thanksgiving meal.

When we think about sharing table scraps with our pets, foods that are potential pet toxins may come to mind. However, even small amounts of non-toxic foods can trigger a dangerous condition called pancreatitis in pets.

Pancreatitis in Pets

The pancreas is a large organ located just behind the stomach and the entrance to the small intestine. A healthy pancreas has a variety of important functions, including the secretion of insulin and digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis in pets occurs when the pancreas becomes irritated and inflamed, triggering a host of digestive problems, as well as negatively impacting the surrounding organs. Continue…