7 Tailgate Foods to Not Give Your Dog

Posted on October 3, 2014 under Pet Health & Safety

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By: Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Tailgating is one of America’s favorite fall pastimes. While you cheer on your team this football season, make sure to keep your dog safe from tailgate food that can make him or her sick. You or other tailgaters may be tempted to share food with your dog, but these seven popular tailgating foods and beverages should be kept away from your pup.

 1.) Pork Sausages

There are several different concerns with feeding people food to pets. Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, a painful and sometimes fatal disease of the pancreas.

 2.) Pulled Pork

As mentioned above under pork sausages, ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis in your dog, a painful and sometimes fatal disease of the pancreas.

 3.) Hamburgers

High fat meats such as ground beef can cause your dog to have diarrhea and to vomit.

 4.) Chicken Wing Bones

Chicken bones pose a threat if ingested by dogs. These bones can puncture through the stomach causing severe pain, inflammation and infection of the abdomen.

 5.) Alcohol

Beer and other types of alcohol are staples of football season. Be sure to keep all alcoholic beverages away from dogs. Dogs have a much smaller body weight and mass than humans, so a little bit of alcohol can have a very big effect. Alcohol can cause weakness, vomiting, dangerously low blood pressure, coma and death in pets.

6.)  Salsa

Salsa typically contains onions which are highly toxic to dogs. Onions can cause a severe and potentially fatal anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). If your dog accidentally ingests salsa or dip containing onions, he or she should be taken to your veterinarian immediately for treatment.

 7.) Guacamole

Avocados contain persin, a toxic compound that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, many people include onions in their guacamole which–as mentioned under Salsa–are highly toxic to dogs. Onions can cause a severe and potentially fatal anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). If your dog ingests onions, he or she should be taken to your veterinarian immediately for treatment.

Have a safe, fun tailgating experience this fall and go team!

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