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Football Season: What Foods Can Dogs Eat?

By Stacy Painter
published: September 6, 2021 - updated: October 21, 2021 • 2 min. read
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Fall is coming quickly, and with it comes football season. If you’re planning to gather ’round the TV to watch your favorite NFL or college team, it’s likely that there are plenty of finger foods planned. Your dog will probably want to partake in the cheering, and will definitely be tempted by your delicious spread, but not all game day foods are safe for dogs to eat.

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What football foods and snacks can dogs eat?

  • Pulled pork: Plain cooked meat (no spices, sauces, or seasoning) such as pork is safe for your dog to eat; just be sure to go easy and only share in small quantities. Too much fatty meat can cause upset stomach and lead to pancreatitis.
  • Vegetables: Fresh, raw veggies like carrots, celery, cucumber are great snacks to share with your pup because they are a healthy source of nutrients.
  • Wings: Cooked chicken is safe to share with dogs, so long as they don’t have allergies or sensitivities to chicken. Just make sure the wings are boneless and do not contain sauces, seasonings, or breading.

These popular tailgating snack foods should not be shared with your pup

  • Chips are high in sodium and shouldn’t be a staple snack for a dog. Though a nibble of a plain tortilla chip won’t hurt, some chips contain flavorings made with garlic and onions which are toxic to dogs.
  • Nachos are best to be avoided because they can contain hazardous toppings such as onions, garlic, and spicy peppers. Plus, lots of fatty cheese can cause tummy upset and potentially pancreatitis.
  • Just like nachos, queso dip is also high in fat and dairy which could trigger a bout of painful pancreatitis.
  • Guacamole often contains onions and garlic, which are toxic to dogs.
  • Meatballs are often high in fat and sodium. Though a small nibble may be okay, it’s best to keep these tempting snacks out of reach.
  • Like the above, pigs in a blanket are usually high in fat and sodium which can give your dog an upset tummy.
  • Chili often contains onion and garlic, so avoid letting your dog have a taste.

Make sure your dog is covered by a Healthy Paws pet insurance plan so you can have peace of mind while you root for your favorite team!

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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