Five Super Bowl Party Foods that are Dangerous for Pets

by VetDepot on January 31, 2014

dog with football editedSuper bowl Sunday means plenty of good company, snacks, and drinks. While parties in honor of the big game are a fun tradition, it’s important to keep pets safe.  Below are five super bowl party staples that need to stay out of Fido and Fluffy’s reach:

1.)    Soda: Any caffeinated beverage is a danger to pets. Caffeine can cause heart problems, restlessness, and muscle tremors in dogs and cats.

2.)    Guacamole: Chips and guac may be a yummy favorite for football fans, but be sure it’s kept out of reach from four-legged spectators. Guacamole commonly contains garlic, which can cause serious gastrointestinal problems, an increased heart rate, and damage to the red blood cells. Ingestion of the avocado itself can trigger stomach upset in pets.

3.)    Chicken Wings: This tasty super bowl snack may have your dog’s nose and taste buds on high alert, but beware of the dangers. Chicken wings can cause an intestinal obstruction. They also have a high sodium content, which can lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease, and heart disease.

4.)    Anything Chocolate: If brownies, cookies, or another chocolaty treat are on the menu for the big game, make sure pets can’t sneak a bite. The most dangerous type of chocolate is dark or unsweetened, but all chocolate contains theobromine. Ingestion of chocolate can lead to seizures and an irregular heartbeat.

5.)    Alcoholic Beverages: Alcohol is extremely dangerous if ingested by pets. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include involuntary urination, slowed breathing, and heart attacks. It’s important to keep an eye on your adult beverage while rooting for your favorite team.

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