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Beware of Pancreatitis this Festive Season. Left-overs: What's OK, and what's NOT.


The pancreas is a vital organ which lies on the right side of the abdomen. It produces enzymes which help in the digestion of food and produces hormones such as insulin.

Pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening condition of the digestive system where the pancreas becomes inflamed.  Sometimes it is bought about because of a sudden change in diet, especially a fatty meal such as left-over Christmas Ham!  Never give your dog left-overs unless you have sought professional advice regarding a home-prepared balanced, nutritionally complete meal.  We reccomend all scraps are fed to the worms in the compost bin instead!  However, for those who ABSOLUTELY MUST spoil their pets with tit-bits, please restrict the tiny morsels on offer to thumbnail-sized bits of LOW-FAT, LOW-SUGAR, healthy treats. 

Things to avoid: No Chicken skin, Turkey skin, and especially Pork skin.  No animal fat.  No human biscuits.  No chocolate.  No sauces or condiments.  No lollies.  No cooked bone.  No cake, pastry or other high-carb/high-sugar foods. No Grapes or sultanas. AVOID any stones or pips in fruit. Best to avoid ham.  

Things you may get away with:  Occasional, thumbnail sized portions of cooked low-fat meat (skin, bone and fat removed), tit-bits of left over vegetables, small amounts of cooked pasta, rice or mashed potato.  Remember, if you give your pet a treat, the idea is to get a tail-wag, a cuddle or a lick on the chin (not to fill their stomach!) . 


The prognosis depends on the extent of the disease when presented and the response to initial treatment. Dogs which recover from an acute episode of pancreatitis may continue to have recurrent bouts of the disease, known as chronic, relapsing pancreatitis.

What is pancreatitis?


The pancreas is a vital organ which lies on the right side of the abdomen.  It has two functions: 


1.      To produce enzymes which help in digestion of food and,


2.      To produce hormones, such as insulin. 


When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the disorder is called pancreatitis.  It is a disease that is seen commonly in the dog.  

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