Keeping your pet’s diet safe during the holidays


I was once told by Liz Luboja, the practice manager at West Chelsea Veterinary in New York Cityonce that the vets there often see an upsurge of pancreatitis on the days after Thanksgiving or Christmas. Pancreatitis, a painful and severe inflammation, comes on suddenly, can often mimic gastrointestinal problems and may result in other chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

Whatever you do, don’t forget also that some food items can be toxic to any animal, namely chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes and macadamia nuts.  We often get boxes of holiday candies that include chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, which give a two-punch of toxicity. Check your veterinarian or local ASPCA for a complete list of foods harmful to pets.

About Irene:

Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who is a wellness pro for both the 2-legged and  the 4-legged.
For the 4-legged, she speaks regularly to veterinarians, pet nutritionists and other experts to keep up-to-date on the latest research.  A writer, she frequently contributes to articles on pet health.
As a nutrition and health coach for the 2-legged, Irene helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your “fabulousness” shine. She is also uthor of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid–among other things. And they need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

In short, I help individuals investigate new roads and new areas of development, then provide them with the resources to take action.”

Irene sees people individually or in groups, presents workshops and lectures and creates employee wellness programs.

There’s something for every budget, from teleseminars to platinum “Six Step Systems” to VIP Days for those who just want very fast, concentrated results.  To learn more about her and her programs, including the “3-step system for kicking those sugar cravings to the curb,” see her website at:



8 thoughts on “Keeping your pet’s diet safe during the holidays

    • So true. And it’s hard to resist those big, brown eyes when they stare at us–but we’re just not doing them any favors by giving them table scraps. I was recently told by a veterinarian, “it’s really the reward they want, not the food.” So give them extra attention and affection!

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