Super Bowl Sunday is only three days away and pizza shops are taking orders, grocery stores are selling out of "staples" such as chips, dip and beer so if you're planning a Super Bowl Super Party you'd better get to the planning! As a pet owners, I know that when I have a houseful of people it is stressful for the dogs and cats.
Two of the cats (Lucy and Jessie) will run and hide and hiss the day away, the other two (Parker and Clyde) are friendly and underfoot. Spenser, the big dog, will hop and jump and greet everyone at the door then be a great party goer while Henrietta, the diva poodle, will yip and jump and be under my feet wanting to be picked up. If I sit down she will snuggle herself next to my leg and stare at the goings on, heart pounding in her little chest (she does not love a disruption in her routine and company is a disruption)
During the excitement of the Super Bowl Commercials (grab your tissus before you watch the Budweiser one!) and the action of the game, it could be easy to lose track of where your pets are and what they're getting into.
Just as Christmas and Thanksgiving, and truly any other gathering that includes food, there are some items that will be on the menu that could be toxic or even fatal to your pet if he or she ingests it. Here are some of the foods that are typically found on a Super Bowl spread that can be dangerous to your pets:
- Salty chips and oniony dips: Onions and garlic in dip can damage your pet’s red blood cells and lead to her becoming anemic. Onions are also toxic. Food that contains high amounts of salt, like potato chips, if consumed can lead to excessive thirst, frequent trips to visit Mother Nature and could lead to sodium poisoning.
- Booze and pop: Alcohol, is a toxin and even in small amounts can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing or even death. Couple that with the fact that many drinks are fruity scented, and flavored, and you can see why your pet would be drawn to it. Caffeinated beverages should also be off limits to your pet as they can lead to an elevated heart rate and could even prove fatal to your pet.
- That lovely guac. The avocado in guacamole can be fatal for birds, it’s not clear how toxic guacamole can be to cats and dogs but veterinarians do not recommend feeding anything to your pet that contains avocado.
- Screaming for ice cream and chocolate. These treats are problematic; chocolate can be fatal to your pet. Ice cream, because of the dairy, can lead to upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Don't go nuts: Nuts may be healthy for humans but many are harmful to your pets. In addition to nuts being a choking hazard, macadamias are considered poisonous for pets and can lead to fever, elevated heart rate, muscle tremors and weakness.
- Chicken dancing. If chicken wings are part of the menu, make certain the bones are kept well out of reach of your dogs and cats. Bones can become lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract. If bones are chewed and swallowed, the sharp edges can puncture the stomach lining of your cat or dog.
Keep your pets away from the human goodies and have dog- and cat-friendly snacks on hand to combat any begging that may occur. Which team are you rooting for? Henrietta thinks she wants the Seahawks to win!