Eating on the lean side

By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

When you’re warned against feeding your dog fatty foods, it’s not just because of the calories. The risk of pancreatitis is even more sinister.

The pancreas is chock-full of digestive enzymes. When the organ becomes inflamed, those enzymes can escape and damage nearby tissue, including the pancreas itself. The ensuing vicious cycle can result in vomiting, belly pain and anorexia, potentially even leading to death.

While pancreatitis can be caused by certain medications, trauma or possibly genetic flaws in certain breeds, many cases result from dogs eating high-fat foods — particularly during the holidays when we all indulge. But even offering your dog a lick of bacon grease on the weekend can start the sinister cycle rolling.

So when it comes to nutrition for your furry friend, think on the lean side.