Did anyone watch the Super Bowl last week? I guess a better question would be did anyone not watch the Super Bowl last week. Apparently, it was the thing to do and so I did. It's also important to note that the trend appears to be that while watching the Super Bowl, one must stuff their face with literally everything and anything not nailed down. In fact, according to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year.
Unfortunately, much in the same way as humans often consume calories without thinking about the repercussions to their waist lines, dogs chow down just as much. Football+wings+chips+pizza= a dog's second best friend. And as you might imagine, their little dog bodies are ill equipped to handle the copious amounts of fatty food they consume during the game.
Just last week, a pooch was brought into the PPAC presenting with vomiting, not eating and upon examination, the pooch also had a high fever and a very painful belly. Dr. S. suspected that it was canine pancreatitis and after an ultrasound and some blood work, confirmed his suspicions. The pooch's owner confessed to letting his dog indulge a bit too much in the super bowl buffet and now was sad to see him suffering.
Pancreatitis is basically when the pancreas, the body part that digests fat, consumes too much of said fat thereby resulting in the secretion of too much of the pancreatic enzyme which causes pain and inflammation. As a course of treatment, Dr. S. said the dog should stay in the PPAC for a few days, gave him an enti-emetic, pain meds and some IV fluids. Fortunately, after a few days, the pooch is on the mend.
Bottom line, dogs can't digest food in the same way as we do. That's why there's such a thing as dog food :) So if you can't help yourself and want your pooch to indulge when you do, be sure to keep the quantities doggy-sized.
Til' next time,