Super Bowl LI is this Sunday, February 5th and it should be a great game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. We are huge football fans here on the Bayou so you can bet we will be tuned in and cheering. Super Bowls parties will be held with lots of wonderful food and drinks. It is a tradition that goes back since the first Super Bowl in 1967.
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It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the game, hilarious commercials, and the festivities. Throughout the game, it is important to keep tabs on our dogs. While the parties are fun for us, the cheering can be frightening to them. It is a good idea to give them a safe place to go and relax. You also want to make sure nobody inadvertently leaves a door open where they could make an escape.
The food and beverages being served can pose a problem for our pets too. Don’t leave plates or cups where your pup can make an interception that could lead to a problem. Here are a few Super Bowl treats that can sideline your best friend.
Alcohol: Never allow your pet to consume alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine can cause fatal respiratory depression. I know it is hard to believe but some people think it is funny to watch a pup get plastered on beer. Many dogs are drawn to the taste of these adult beverages so keep all cups, bottles, and cans out of reach. You can always order your pooch some Bowser Beer for game time.
Bones: Make no bones about it; chicken wings are a staple at Super Bowl parties and one of our favorites. I don’t have to tell you how much dogs love chicken and in most cases, it is a healthy protein for them. Chicken bones are an entirely different matter as they can splinter and puncture your dog’s GI tract. Never toss the bones into the trash if your dog can get to them. Such temptations can cause the classiest of pups to become dumpster divers!
Nuts: Many nuts can be devastating to dogs including walnuts and macadamias. They can cause vomiting, paralysis and in some cases, death. Bentley loves peanuts and almonds so it is a challenge to keep them away from him. These two nuts are not toxic but can cause an upset tummy and diarrhea. It is best to treat pups to a lick of peanut butter if it does not contain the sugar substitute Xylitol. Dog for Dog Dogbutter is a safe alternative for those pups who are nuts over nuts.
Toothpicks: You might not think about the innocent toothpick as a danger but it can cause some major trouble. If your dog intercepts a toothpick and swallows it, it can damage their GI tract. You could be looking at a big veterinary bill from a tiny sliver of wood.
We hope that you enjoy Super Bowl LI with your pet. Just remember, the best defense is a good offense.
I’d like to thank my friends at PetPlan for this pawsome information. You can learn more about protecting your pet’s health by visiting www.petplan.com
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