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  •  Acute pancreatitis can be lethal. (11+ / 0-)

    Be absolutely sure that all fatty parts of the turkey (including the carcass if you don't plan to cook with it later) and dish scrapings are put in bags and immediately put outside in secure covered garbage cans where feral cats and roaming dogs can't get a hold of them either.  

    Everything else should immediately be put in the refrigerator, or your pets should be securely crated, put in an x-pen, other room or leashed so they can't get into anything.

    Too often, our pets end up with acute pancreatitis  because they sneak into the kitchen garbage or clean off plates on the counter (even pets who don't normally counter cruise).

    If you heavily basted your turkey, then your pet should skip even a sample of normally low-fat breast meat. Some breeds, like cocker spaniels, poodles and miniature schnauzers, poodles and elderly dogs (especially  females) are prone to this disorder and should skip special holiday meals.  Bake or boil an extra sweet potato and stir a spoonful of that into their regular meal. Most dogs can handle plain sweet potato easily. But if you're not sure, skip that too.

    Symptoms of acute pancreatitis include vomiting, diarrhea, yellowy and/or greasy looking stools (whether loose or not), refusal to eat or drink. lethargy and depression, and a painful abdomen.

    If you're not sure, bring your pet to an emergency clinic at once. This isn't one of those things that you can wait it out at home, especially over a long weekend. Your pet needs immediate veterinary intervention, starting with hydration but including observation in the event of shock, arrhythmia, infection, etc.

    Thanksgiving weekend is often a dangerous weekend for pets because of acute pancreatitis.  The best bet is to give your pet his/her regular meal, and then as a special treat, take your dog for a long walk after your meal, then play and snuggle with your kitty.

    Acute pancreatitis is a double whammy in that it's not only often lethal, but it's very painful too.  If you don't fully understand how human food can affect your pet, then just don't.  Best that you say no to those sweet begging eyes and ring in the new year together.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:13:17 PM PST

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    •  Thanks so much, grover, for the detailed (9+ / 0-)

      explanation.

      Mother Teresa: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

      by Amber6541 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:17:09 PM PST

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    •  Great Advice, Grover! Holidays are ... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...the busiest times for ER vets.  My son had more patients on his first Christmas Day as an intern than he'd had the rest of that month.  

      At least 10 chocolate toxicity puppies - all new Christmas doggies of varying ages and sizes and nobody thought to have the families puppy-proof before they brought the fuzzballs home.  The only no-chocolate puppy was the one that grabbed the standing rib roast off the table and gulped it down - had to have surgery to remove the bone that got stuck half way down.  

      If you MUST get / give a pet for Christmas, don't get it ON Christmas.  Give the dishes, leashes, beds, toys, whatever, but make arrangements to pick up your pet (hopefully you adopted from a shelter) AFTER Christmas, when things have calmed down and you can pay attention and watch what they try to get into.

      It's not just the young uns, either.  NO dog can resist yummy smelling stuff on the counter (or in the garbage).  My son's own dogs have ended up in the ER because one of them turned their back for a second and my daughter in law's Springer grabbed a chicken carcass and took off down the hall - before they could corner her, she had gobbled half of it and her brother had grabbed the rest of it.  It pays having vets for parents, but they were a couple of sorry doggies having to go get x-rays and get scoped to get stuff out that they shouldn't have gulped down in the first place.  

      They keep baby locks on their pantry doors (the Springer can open doors, unlock cabinets, lift lids - she's very talented)!  

      Easter is bad - lots of candy, chocolate bunnies... sugar free gum is very, very bad.  

      If your dog eats a pack of gum, if its got Xylitol, get them to the vet as soon as you can ...

      "Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days."

      Print out the list from the ASPCA Poison Control website and keep it stuck to your fridge.  Sometimes the most innocuous edibles can be trouble to a pet.  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:57:30 PM PST

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      •  State Poison Control has databases (2+ / 0-)
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        for pets too.

        For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222
        American Association of Poison Control Centers
        Depending on your state budget, they may request a credit card payment. It's often less than what ASPCA charges. ASPCA is a good organization, but if someone can't afford the charge, call the state poison control.

        I've called them for pretty simple stuff over my decades of owning dogs. If it's anything worrisome, they'll tell the owner to bring the pet right in. They'll also let you know the very few times that inducing vomiting is appropriate (much less often than many people think). They almost always called the next day to follow up and make sure that my dog was ok.

        Yep, their number is right next to my home phone and programmed into all our cell phones. I don't hesitate to call them anytime my kiddos get into anything unusual -- which, well, let's just say I have beagles and leave it at that.

        :)

        Better to be paranoid incredibly cautious than have any regrets.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:45:14 PM PST

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        •  Thanks! I didn't know they had an Association (0+ / 0-)

          My son worked his way through vet school at the ASPCA Poison Control Center.  It's located in Champaign / Urbana, IL.  He answered the phone a lot as a vet student, rerouting the calls to the vet on duty if the remedy was beyond the expertise of the person doing the initial screening / info gathering.  

          So I've got ASPCA PCC stickers all over the house, on the phones, number stored in my cell, a stack of flyers with common poisons for any neighbors that get a new pet and the window stickers they gave us that say "Save My Pets" with check boxes for if you have dogs, cats or "other" (have 2 cats and 2 others - 21 year old iguana and 5 year old rescued turtle - at my house).  I've given out a bunch of those over the years, too.  

          Will have to check to see if Florida has a number or has a PCC in the association.  

          Info, prep and caution are all good things (and its not paranoid to have an over abundance of any of those).  

          "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

          by Ricochet67 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:43:38 PM PST

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          •  Should be the same number in FL. (0+ / 0-)

            Usually, it's posted in the yellow or white pages in the front cover (or you can google it).

            Obviously, it's good for humans too. Sometimes they eat stupid stuff too.

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:24:30 AM PST

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