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GREATER BUFFALO
VETERINARY EMERGENCY CLINIC
4821 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Sundays In Buffalo | Football Food Safety for Pet Owners

Sundays In Buffalo | Football Food Safety for Pet Owners

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If you live in the Greater Buffalo region, chances are you’re a Buffalo Bills fan. Many of our Sunday afternoons are spent cheering for (or crying over) the home team. Often times pet owners get so caught up in the action of the game that they forget to check on what the pet is getting into. Veterinary Emergency Clinic wants to remind football fans that your pets love your Sunday snacks just as much as you do. Certain snacks can be harmful for your dog or cat, so be careful to keep things out of reach. If you do decide to share with the animal, keep these no-no foods off the menu.

Alcohol

You wouldn’t let a child take a sip of a beer, so don’t let your animal have a sip either. Beer, liquor,wine, or any alcohol is toxic for animals. Even small amounts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coma or worse.

Chicken Wings (Bones)

Buffalonians eat a lot of chicken wings on game day. We know dogs love to chew on bones, but chicken wing bones are not good for any pet. Be aware how you are discarding your wings, and don’t leave bones out where your dog can get to them. First of all, the dog might try to swallow the bone, which is a choking hazard. If swallowed, the bones can cause digestive obstruction or break and puncture the stomach lining.

Chips & Dip

Salty snacks cause excessive thirst, urination, and sodium poisoning. Many dips contain onion and garlic, which destroy pets’ red blood cells and overconsumption can lead to sodium poisoning.

Nuts

Other than being a choking hazard for smaller animals, some nuts like macadamia nuts are poisonous to
pets. Just a few macadamia nuts can lead to muscle tremors, joint stiffness, weakness, vomiting, fever, and an elevated heart rate.

Chocolate

As we have discussed, chocolate can be very toxic to animals.

Caffeinated Beverages

Sugary beverages like soda or energy drinks might pair well with pizza, but not with pets. Caffeine in soda, coffee, iced tea can be toxic to animals and lead to abnormal heart rhythms, seizure, or worse.

Veterinary Emergency Clinic wants Bills’ fans to enjoy every Sunday, win or lose. Regardless of the outcome of the home team, remember to keep an eye on your pet when you have food and drinks out. If you’re having guests over to watch the game, ask them politely to not feed your pet leftovers. In the event that your dog or cat does show signs of sickness, don’t hesitate to call us. We can tell you what to do, answer any questions you might have, and if necessary, have you bring the animal in.

Go Bills!

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GREATER BUFFALO
VETERINARY EMERGENCY CLINIC

4821 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(716) 780-4533
(716) 839-3256

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