Here on the Bayou, we enjoy four seasons; winter, spring, summer, and football. People even tailgate at our high school games. We take our teams and winning seriously. This was made all too obvious earlier this week with the firing of our L.S.U. Tigers’ football coach, Les Miles. On a personal note, I think he is one of the nicest, most genuine coaches on the college sidelines. But nice doesn’t win games and winning is what brings the thousands of fans to Death Valley on Saturday nights. We are keeping our fingers crossed that a new coach can put the roar back in our favorite Tigers.
Enjoying a football game whether it is college or pro means delicious food. Bentley and Pierre know it’s game day when the food hits the table. That is when they try their darnedest to cause a finger food fumble. The problem is that football fare is not ideal for their doggy tummies.
• Alcohol is a major no-no for your pet. Even a little bit can cause respiratory depression. It is NOT funny to get your dog drunk. It is dangerous and irresponsible.
• Chicken wings are a staple on many game day menus and they are delicious! Your dogs will love chicken wings but block them and protect your blindside. Chicken bones, especially the tiny wing bones can splinter and puncture your pup’s GI tract. The sauces on them are sure to cause an upset stomach too.
• Onion rings are a touchdown and extra point in my game book but not in Bentley and Pierre’s. Onion rings are penalized 10 yards because they are poisonous to dogs! Any the batter fried delights will cause diarrhea for your pup.
• Pick it up and run! Toothpicks can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to your pet’s GI tract if swallowed. Do not let your dog score with a toothpick!
• Are you nuts? I can’t tell you how many times I have yelled that at the television during a bad play. This time, I’m talking about the nuts that are so yummy with our cold beer during the game. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis, even death to dogs. Many other varieties of nuts have a devastating effect on their nervous system.
Football season can be fun for the entire family if you keep your eyes on the food. Bentley and Pierre enjoy sitting on the couch and watching us holler and jump around. We always make sure the food is well defended on the kitchen table. Make a few fun treats for the dogs and cheer for your favorite team this weekend.
*Thanks to Petplan for sharing these great tips with us. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.