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Host Super Bowl Parties without Stressing Pets

DogLayingOnFloorYou’ve cooked up your chicken wings, invited over your friends and are ready to cheer on your team for Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you’re rooting for the Seahawks, the Patriots or just watching the commercials or halftime show, remember to be considerate of your pets.

The increase in noise and added people in your home can cause unneeded stress to your animals. Before your friends come over, follow these tips to keep your furry friends safe for Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Keep Them Separated

Pets like to have a safe haven to go to when the noise becomes too much. Before your event, create a quiet area for your pets that will help keep them calm. Make sure the room has everything they will need including food, water, bedding and your pet’s favorite toys. Turn on some calming music or the television to help your pets tune out some of the loud noises from your party.

 

Watch the Beverages

Caffeinated drinks such as cola can cause issues for your pet. This can include restlessness, muscle tremors, breathing issues and heart palpitations. In addition, avoid letting your pets consume any sort of alcohol. Beer, liquor and wine can have damaging effects on your pet’s liver and brain. In fact, just two teaspoons of whiskey can cause a 5-pound cat to go into a coma. Just one additional teaspoon could be deadly for your cat.

 

Avoid the Guacamole

Guacamole and tortilla chips are the staple to many Super Bowl parties. Even though you and your guests can enjoy this delicious snack, there are three things in guacamole that can be harmful to your pets. Avocados, garlic and onions can be harmful when consumed by animals. Garlic and onions can damage your pet’s red blood cells and also cause gastrointestinal irritation. The leaves, fruit and seeds of avocados contain Persin, which can cause your pets to have severe diarrhea or vomiting. It can make breathing difficult and fluid can collect around their heart if consumed.

 

Say No to Chicken Wings

Chicken wings can be extremely harmful to your pets. Avoid the temptation to give your pets scraps. Smaller bones found in chicken, as well as other birds, can easily be consumed by your pet. This can lead to possible choking hazards. If a bone splinters or splits, this can also cause tearing in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. In addition to these risks, the increase in salt can also be damaging to your pet. Signs your pet has consumed too much salt include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and elevated body temperature or seizures.

 

ID Your Pets

With more people coming and going from your home, it will be easier for your pets to slip out the door. Make sure your pet has their tags and collar on before your party. In addition, it is important to get your pets microchpped. For just $10, you can bring your pet to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and we will microchip your pets for you. No appointments are needed and the whole process takes less than 10 minutes to do.

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 114 years ago, it is the largest and most established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.

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