Although I was disappointed that the Ravens beat the Patriots, I am still looking forward to a great time watching the Superbowl. Superbowls are usally great for human sports fans, but can cause some hazzards for our pets. These are some examples of what you can do to make it more enjoyable for you and your “extended family”.
Constantly opening and closing doors to guests provides a risk your pet may get outside unexpectedly. Some pets will beg or search for food – either given to them or possibly some may help themselves. If they eat tablefood they can become very ill. Especially dangerous are chicken bones. Many foods such as raisins, some nuts, alcohol, and chocolate can be very toxic to pets. The commotion and noise may make some pets very nervous and frightened.
* Put your pets in a “safe zone” away from the crowds of people. Mark the area so nobody accidently opens up the room you put your pets in. It may get very exciting, but don’t forget to check on your furry friends from time to time. This will reassure them you are close by. You can reward them with treats when they are calm and give them safe toys to keep them occupied.
* If you can’t keep your pet isolated indoors then ask a pet-friendly neighbor to watch your pet or even consider boarding your pet for the day. Some pets will do well in a kennel outside.
* Make sure your pet has proper identification – a collar with a tag or a microchip – in case he or she gets outside and runs off.
* You can try an over-the-counter supplement to help keep your pets calm. An example of this is Rescue Remedy. A Pheromone collar can also be placed on your pets to help calm them.
If your pet does mingle with your guests, remind them not to feed your pet and to watch their plates carefully. They need to watch for any dropped food and to put their plates in the trash immediately when done. Don’t leave cups with drinks unattended either.
If you have birds you may want to wire the cage doors shut until your guests have gone and even tape the top of fish tanks closed.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Superbowl Sunday on Feb. 3rd.