When you live in Nebraska, it doesn’t get better than the first Cornhusker football game of the season. A hint of fall is in the air after a sweltering summer and it’s party time!
Everybody is meeting at your house for game day and you have quite the smorgasbord planned: Grilled burgers and hot dogs, macaroni salad, chips and dip, fruit salad and dessert. One friend is bringing the beer and soda, and others are bringing various side dishes.
Preparation for this momentous occasion takes time and precision, so it’s up early to start chopping and cooking. Veggies need to be chopped for salsa and fruit has to be peeled, pitted and chopped for fruit salad.
Many foods that people find delicious and perfect game-day fare can be harmful or even deadly to pets. For instance, onions and garlic do more harm to your pets than giving them bad breath. They can cause vomiting and diarrhea, as can mushrooms and certain kinds of nuts. Raisins and grapes can even cause kidney damage in your pet. If chocolate or alcohol is ingested by your dog or cat, seizures, coma or death can result.
Parts of food thrown away can hurt Spot as well. Pits from fruit can constrict his airway, choking him and the green parts of potatoes and tomatoes cause gastrointestinal problems.
So what’s a die-hard Cornhusker fan/animal lover to do? Dogs want to be a part of the action and know people food is much tastier than theirs. Cats are curious and can leap up onto counters when the mood strikes.
First, clean up your cooking and chopping area well. Do not leave pieces of food on a counter where a cat or larger dog can get to them. Next, throw trash in a bag and take it outside, out of reach of your dogs. Never leave dangerous food unattended with pets around. Check on the whereabouts of your pets frequently during the game. Educate your guests as to the harmful effects of some foods and instruct them to not feed your pets people food.
If you suspect your pet may have ingested something poisonous, call your veterinarian or the Animal Emergency Clinic at 402-339-6232 immediately.
Enjoy this football season and keep your pets safe from the first game to the National Championship. Go Huskers!
For more information on harmful foods for pets, check out these sites that were used for this article: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/poisonous_foods.html, http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_p…, http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-poison-contr…
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