Holidays Feast: Is The Fun Worth The Risk?

We each answer that question for ourselves every day.

Feeding high fat foods, such as turkey skin, is not good for dogs. That being said, neither are cheese-its or popcorn or a million other things people use in the real world as treats for their dogs every day. Any sudden change in a dog’s diet can result in Irritable Bowel Disease or Pancreatitis, and a high fat treat can be dangerous.

For some of us, the joy of sharing our holiday traditions with our canine family is worth the risk. Although it can be fatal, pancreatitis only happens a small percentage of the time that dogs are given fatty food and, with treatment, is usually reversible.

I think of it this way: the risks of feeding fatty holiday foods to dogs are similar to the risks I take every time I go skiing. Is the fun worth the risk? This is the question we must each answer for ourselves.

My approach to these decisions is, “All things in moderation.” Instead of turkey skin, you could feed a small piece of white meat. However, if your dog has a history of pancreatitis, the risk is much higher, so it isn’t worth it. Just remember to be careful, stay well informed, and do it in moderation.

Dr. Sherry Weaver

0

Comment on the Story Below

Related Posts

June 18, 2015

How To Prepare Your Pets For The Storm

According to recent survey by the ASPCA, more than one-third of dog and cat owners

June 18, 2015

A Checklist For Your Dog’s First Aid Kit

All good dog parents want to keep their pups safe, and that means being prepared

August 19, 2020

Tiny Dog Takes His Sweet Time Jogging The Agility Course

Every year there is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Even if you’re not a

Comments – Rules , Boundaries & Limitations

At Cesar’s Way , we strive to be a single pack, and packs have rules, and limitations. Here are ours for the comments:

  •  No bullying or harassment of fellow commenters. Keep it civil!
  • No foul language or obscenities, please.
  • No posting of external links

Also, please note that because of volume , we are unable to respond to individual comments, although we do watch them in order to learn what issues and questions are most common so that we can produce content that fulfills your needs. You are welcome to share your own dog tips and behavior solutions among yourselves, however Thank you for reading our articles and sharing your thoughts with the pack!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Tips From Cesar & The Pack

Don’t get left out of the doghouse! Sign up now to make sure you’re up to date on the latest happenings!

Trending Today

Trending This Week

Get a Free e-Book:
5 Essential Commands
to Teach Your Dog