Super Bowl Pet Safety

It's that time of year again! Football fans all over the country will be gathering in front of their televisions this Sunday ready for the year’s biggest football game: The Super Bowl! Pets can get into all kinds of things they shouldn’t while their humans are distracted watching the game. Our friends at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) have a few Super Bowl do’s and don’ts to help you ensure that your pets are safe and sound. 

  1. Alcohol: “Drunk dog” cases are a big concern, as ingestion of alcohol can cause depression and aspiration if the dog vomits. Be sure to keep all alcoholic beverages out of reach of your furry friends to avoid a trip to the vet this Super Bowl Sunday.
  2. Cannabis: Curious pets can sniff out marijuana or marijuana bakes goods and consume them. Signs that an animal has been exposed to marijuana generally include depression, ataxia, mydriasis, bradycardia, hypothermia, and urinary incontinence. If you feel your pet has been exposed, contact your local vet immediately.
  3. Garlic and Onion: Consumption of garlic or onions in any form can cause Heinz body anemia and secondary renal injury if enough is ingested. Cats and some dogs are also at risk for allium toxicosis if consuming even a small amount.
  4. Rich Food: Spicy chicken wings, creamy dips, pizza, and desserts are essential for a successful Super Bowl party. However, many of these foods contain ingredients that can cause pancreatitis, which can be deadly to your pet. Have a designated food area that is not accessible to your animals to keep your pets from being tempted.
  5. Human Medications: It is not uncommon for Super Bowl partygoers to bring medications to a gathering. According to the APCC, many pets consume medications by grabbing them out of a purse, pocket, or after they were dropped on the floor.
For more information on how to keep your animals safe this Super Bowl Sunday, visit the ASPCA Pro website or call the APCC at 888-426-4435.

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