Make Your Super Bowl Party Safe for Your Pets

Friday, February 1, 2013

Make Your Super Bowl Party Safe for Your Pets

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most anticipated events of the year for American sports fans, but if our pets could tell us, they might say it is one of the days they dread most.

While you’re whooping and hollering with your friends at your party, your pets may be feeling a little anxious and hiding someplace.

The extra guests, noise, and even the food spilled or dropped on the floor can make our furry family members scared and even sick.

With the holiday season just behind us, experts advise following some of the same rules for holiday celebrations to make your Super Bowl party more pet friendly and pet safe.

We took a combination of suggestions from the ASPCA and from Pet Chatter on making your Super Bowl party a pet friendly event:

Quiet Space: Provide your pet with a quiet space of its own. This will not only help protect your pet’s ears, which are more sensitive than ours to loud noises, but will also protect your pet from inadvertently getting out as your guests come and go, or go outside for smoke breaks. Cats, especially, are prone to darting out of open doors and not even being noticed. It is estimated that only 2 percent of cats that escape from home are ever returned. Dogs that are not properly socialized with unfamiliar children may also put you at risk for liability.If you have guests bringing children over, your dog should never be left unattended with the children, even those they know. The running and screaming  and potential rough-housing could be enough to cause your dog to nip someone.

Watch the Beer and other drinks: Unless you have special Dawg Grog, a beer for dogs, make sure the human beer is out of uour pet's reach. An estimated 50 million cases of beer is sold nationwide in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, making it one of the top selling weeks for manufacturers. Human beer is not good for your pets and every precaution should be taken to keep it away.

No Chicken Wings: A lot of chickens are giving their wings for Super Bowl Sunday; it’s estimated that 90 million wings will be consumed that day. In addition to the spicy coating not being good for your pets, the bones could also cause a serious bowel obstruction, which could cost you thousands of dollars in veterinary bills, or could even cost your furry family its life.

Décor: Foam fingers, plastic cups and even team jerseys could be fair game for your pet to take and shred — and swallow. Make sure these items are not laying around as they could all cause serious harm to your dog.

As with holiday events, it only takes a little planning to have a safe but enjoyable Super Bowl party for you and your pets.

And don’t forget the Puppy Bowl, which airs at 3 p.m. EST on AnimalPlanet. The Rescue Bowl, a live adoption event, will also be live-streaming on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

May the team you’re rooting for win!


Editor’s Note: Image by Flickr user petadviser.

Are you having a Super Bowl party this weekend? Who are you rooting for?