Dear Daisy Dog: Our new pup Hannah sometimes licks our plates after our meals. From a medical perspective, is this practice “kosher” during our Hanukkah celebration?
Daisy Responds: Hannah will be healthier if she eats her own dog food over the 8-day Festival of Lights celebration – and at other times as well.
Hanukkah, which honors the miracle that a single night’s supply of sacred oil lit the temple for eight nights, today is celebrated with foods cooked in oil, including potato pancakes, cheese latkes and donuts.
All of us dogs love these and other high-fat foods, but they are bad for us because they can cause pancreatitis, which is exceedingly painful. In addition to abdominal pain, dogs with pancreatitis commonly experience vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
Pancreatitis also can damage the cells that produce digestive enzymes and insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.
So, instead of allowing Hannah to dine on your leftovers, treat her to a few small but special doggie treats this holiday.