Wednesday, July 25, 2012


We're in the throes of summer and I've talked about protecting your furry family members from the excessive heat but pet owners should be aware of potential causes of pancreatitis and gastroenteritis - spoiled and rotting food.

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas triggered by overly salty and fatty foods. Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Both are very common in dogs. Why? Because dogs love to eat what they shouldn't. 

Annie has had several bouts of gastroenteritis brought on by tree leaves. She loves to eat green and dried tree leaves - she's not particular. This generally brings on a bout of vomiting, low energy, stomach discomfort and in severe cases bloody stool. The symptoms are indicative of both conditions.

My cousin's dog is a pro at scavenging at the beach or rummaging through garbage. When at the seashore or lake, keep a particular eye out for dead crabs, fish, etc. This can be double trouble because of the possibility of fishhooks.

Fluid treatment, sub-q or IV, is needed depending on whether or not the condition is moderate or severe. Antibiotics and anti-vomiting injections will be needed to calm inflammation and eliminate possible infection.

Be extra vigilant in keeping an eye on your pooch not only during the summer but all year long. 

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