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With Superbowl Sunday fast approaching on Sunday, February, 2, many residents are already actively planning their Superbowl parties.
While planning your party, here are some tips for keeping your furry friends safe.
Dangerous Foods for Pets
While you or your guests might think giving your furry friend a little taste of what you’re serving is harmless and will make your pet content, some foods are surprisingly bad for your 4-legged friends. Here’s a brief list of what to avoid giving your fur baby.
Guacamole – Avacados, Garlic, and Onions
A staple at most any party, guacamole contains a trifecta of products that are not good for dogs & cats.. Avocado consumption by your dog or cat can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. In birds and rats/mice, avocado consumption can cause congestion, breathing difficulty, and fluid accumulation around their hearts.
Onions and garlic can cause stomach and gut irritation, elevated heart rate, and red blood cell damage. Signs of onion toxicity/poisoning might take a few days after your pet has consumed them. Cats are more susceptible to onion and garlic sensitivity; dogs are also at-risk if they consume enough onions and garlic. Please note that all forms of onion can be an issue for your pet: including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions, etc.
Chicken Wings and Salt
Another Superbowl party staple that is potentially dangerous for your dog or cat. Apart from the risk of choking on a small bone (or having the bone splinters becoming lodged in your dog’s digestive tract), if your furry friend ingests a chicken wing or two, there is a risk of intestinal obstruction. However, vet’s are also cautioning pet owner’s against sodium risks for their animals. One chicken wing can have up to 200 milligrams of sodium, which is the maximum amount of sodium recommended for a 20-lb dog for one day. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, kidney, and heart disease. Other party foods high in salt to avoid giving to pets include: fries, pretzels, chips, potato salad and many sauces.
Here the problem is yeast. If your furry friend eats enough yeast dough, it can cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive tract. This can cause extreme distress in animals. It can also cause the stomach or intestines to become obstructed or distended.
Corn on the Cob
Grapes and Raisins
While vets are unsure of the specifics of how these foods cause distress, it’s been shown that ingestion of these fruits can cause kidney failure. Pets who already have health problems may have an even more serious reaction to eating these fruits.
Macamamia Nuts and Walnuts
Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can cause serious problems for your pet. Symptoms can take up to 12 hours to show up and last for anywhere between 12-48 hours. Symptoms include: weakness, depression, hyperthermia, faster heartbeat, tremors, paralysis of the hindquarters, etc. Walnuts can contain a fungus which is poisonous to dogs, which may even lead to death in severe cases.
Caffeine and alcohol
With all of the cheering and excitement going on, someone might nkock over their soda or beer or mixed drink. If this happens, apart from not wanting your home dirty, clean it up immediately because these beverages also have effects on pets. Pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people. Caffeinated can cause restlessness, heart palpitations, breathing issues, muscle tremors, and seizures in dogs. Like caffeine, alcohol is significantly more toxic to pets than to humans. When consumed, even as little as a few ounces of alcohol may cause ethanol poisoning in pets. Signs include: include involuntary urinating, vomiting, hypothermia, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, heart attack, and even death.
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine – two chemicals which affect the heart and nervous system of pets. As dogs and cats cannot metabolize theobromine it builds up in their system. Any type of chocolate is potentially dangerous to pets, with dark chocolate being the most dangerous, containing the highest concentration of caffeine and theobromine. If your animal ingests chocolate, warning signs to look out for are: vomiting, irregular heartbeat, diarrhea, restlessness, and seizures. Ingestion of enough chocolate can even cause death.