9 Brunch Hazards and Dangerous Foods for Dogs and Cats
By Cheryl Lock
With warmer spring weather and holidays like Mother’s Day right around the corner, one thing’s for certain—brunches will be held, whether at home or at a restaurant. And with fun, celebratory gatherings comes potential pet hazards. Keep in mind that there likely will be dangerous foods for dogs and cats that you should be aware of at your next brunch outing.
“The dangers are from a number of circumstances surrounding holiday or celebratory gatherings,” says Jennifer Hennessey Bremseth, DVM, CVJ, owner of Animal ER of Northwest Houston in Texas. “New guests tend to want to love by sharing food when they see those begging pets, and new guests and gatherings often mean that pet owners are distracted from tending to things, like whether drinks and items are up and away from a pet’s reach, as they are focused on serving and entertaining.”
A good pet safety tip is to keep pets away from food areas at home by using dog gates or coated-wire crates. “This way, they can see the activity and be acknowledged as one of the family,” says Dr. Hennessey Bremseth. “But they’re safely restricted.”
Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer with the American Kennel Club, also reminds pet parents to keep their pets on their usual diets during any gatherings or celebrations. “Care should also be taken when leaving plates of food, such as cookies containing raisins or chocolate or alcoholic beverages, unattended on a coffee table or other easy-access areas,” he adds.
Make sure your brunch gatherings go off without a hitch by keeping some of these dangerous foods for dogs and cats safely out of your pet’s reach.