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If you believe your pet is suffering from pancreatitis you need to contact your veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian immediately. Treatment options are available if the condition is caught early. 

Symptoms of pancreatitis may include but are not limited to: lethargy, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, low appetite, dehydration, and abdominal distention or swelling. 

Festive Dinner

Pancreatitis is a disease caused by inflammation in the pancreas. Dogs can experience chronic pancreatitis or acute (sudden onset) pancreatitis and it can be lethal. Pancreatitis can be caused by eating fatty foods such as turkey, gravy, and desserts so it is no surprise that the occurrence of pancreatitis in dogs increases every year around Thanksgiving.

For your pets' safety they should not be fed scraps from the table especially fatty foods such as turkey skin, gravy, cookies, and pies which can cause pancreatitis. Other foods that should be avoided include poultry bones (chicken, turkey, duck, quail) which are hollow and may puncture your dogs digestive tract and foods that contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol such as store bought pies, some peanut butter and other sweets. Ensure that all trash is kept secured out of your pets' reach 

to prevent accidental ingestion of dangerous foods or objects. 

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