Membership Meetings: Last Monday every month. Karen Hall has some GREAT programs lined up.
- TBA: Retrieving Dog Seminar
- December – no meeting. Happy Holidays Everyone!
- January 30, 2016 6PM - Annual Meeting and Dinner - Red Lion Inn
- February, 2016 – Dogwise, 6PM; Refreshments provided by Dogwise
Got a good idea for a program (vets, activities, interesting things)? Call Karen Hall and let her know!
*If you would like to bring refreshments for any of the club meetings, please contact Jan Flatten at email@example.com.
During the holidays a lot of food will be available to both two legged and four legged celebrants. This abundance of food and the variance of our schedules during the holidays sometimes give our dogs’ access to foods they wouldn’t otherwise get. Canine food binges may result in GI upset, toxic reactions, or even Pancreatitis – the subject of this article.
Pancreatitis means inflammation of the pancreas. In a pancreatitis episode, the enzymes that digest food are activated in the pancreas instead of the small intestine. This causes inflammation and swelling of the pancreas accompanied by severe pain. Classic signs of pancreatitis are: appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, painful abdomen and fever. If you see these signs in your pet and especially if you remember him getting into unusual or fatty food, get him to your veterinarian for testing. Pancreatitis can be very painful and life threatening if not treated.
The most common cause of pancreatitis is ingesting a large amount of fatty foods. The fat content overwhelms the pancreas, and it starts activating enzymes to digest the influx of fat prematurely. Although any dog can develop pancreatitis, genetics may play a factor. Certain dog breeds, such as Miniature Schnauzers, are more likely to develop pancreatitis. Older dogs and overweight dogs are also prone to the condition. Pancreatitis can also be idiopathic; no real causation factor can be found.
Treatment needs to be started quickly to avoid tissue damage and involvement of the adjacent liver. The ability to produce insulin can be disrupted, leading to temporary or permanent diabetes. Most veterinary hospitals can run a very reliable blood test called spec Cpl (specific canine pancreatic lipase) in their office which tells whether the pancreas is working normally or abnormally. An abnormal reading is enough to start treating your pet. Other blood tests can determine the specific lipase enzyme level but have to be sent out and results won’t be known for 24 hours.
Treating pancreatitis is straightforward. The pancreas needs to rest, meaning no food for several days. The dog will need to be hospitalized during this time so he can be monitored, given IV fluid support to prevent dehydration, and anti-nausea medicine. A low fat diet will slowly be reintroduced.
Most patients will fully recover after pancreatitis and be able to return to regular food, but those who have chronic ongoing pancreatitis or who are prone to frequent flare ups will likely require a fat restricted diet for life. Fat restriction is important in both treatment and prevention.
Have a wonderful, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving.
If you have been following the MDR1 mutation articles in the last two PawPrint issues, I am happy to announce that all three of my Aussies tested normal/normal at WSU. 50% of all Aussies are mutants, and I am glad none of mine are (70% of collies, 15% of shelties, 10% of GSDs, and 5% of Border Collies, to name a few of the more common breeds, also carry the mutant genes).
Last month I helped all weekend at the Dog Show events. I really enjoyed working the CGC/CGCA and Therapy Dog ring on Friday. I had a steep learning curve on Saturday and Sunday working in the herding group ring (thanks Betsy Metcalf!); fortunately on Sunday, when I was working alone (!) as ring steward, I had the honor of working with our very own Pat Putman, who was gracious and helpful with all my mistakes. It was the first time I had ever even attended a dog show!
Your The PawPrint Editor: Jan Flatten
Photos and videos are a welcome part of the clubs website. Here are some of the ways in which you can get us your photos/videos.
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I can add video to the web site. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add a video. Or if it's on YouTube, sent me the YouTube link and I'll put the video up on the site.
I will have my agility field open for practice and/or play, 10/24/15 at 9:00am. I will plan on practice this Saturday, snow or no snow. If possible, please let me know if you think you might be able to make it, if you plan to come. I don't want to set up a course if no one shows. Plus, I don't want to waste firewood........ If you want to contact me, please phone or text me at 771-1892, please do not email me, as I only am able to access the Internet at my neighbors house once or twice a week. Hope I see you, playing in the snow can be fun! The dogs don't care! Cindy T and the determined dobermans
We will be joining in with the Ephrata/Moses Lake members. Hope some of you can come. If any one has anything specific they want to do, they can email me (email@example.com) and I can try to set something up. My address is 5703 Mae Valley Rd. NE. If anyone needs directions let me know and I can post them again. A small fee of $5.00/dog is appreciated to help with the maintenance of the field and agility equipment.
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