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Big Game Day Not Always Fun or Safe for Pets

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Denver is bursting with excitement as the Broncos prepare to play in the big game. But no matter what team you’re cheering for, the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS) recommends taking precautions to keep your pet safe when enjoying the game.

If you are enjoying the game at home with friends, be mindful of your pet’s location and interactions with guests. Some pets don’t feel comfortable around groups of people and may become fearful or stressed out. Loud noises like jumping, stomping, and cheering when your team scores a touchdown can cause anxiety in pets.

On the other hand, if you are cheering from your favorite hotspot, keep your pet at home, and never leave them in the car. The temperature inside your car will drop throughout the game, turning your vehicle into a refrigerator, and can be dangerous—even lethal—for your pet.

Guests also might not be as conscious of your pet’s whereabouts, so always be aware of people going in and out of your home. Leaving the door open for a second can give your pet the opportunity to escape. Pets that are skittish around people might be especially determined to flee. If your pet is showing symptoms of anxiety—such as pacing, panting, or cowering—or if you’re afraid they might get out, provide a safe and quiet place for them to stay until your guests leave.

Finally, this Sunday will attract potlucks and cookouts that are great fun for humans, but “people” food can be harmful to pets. Chicken wings are a game day staple, but are high in calories and sodium, which can cause obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney failure. Additionally, the small bones can cause intestinal obstruction or choking because they splinter easily.

Other popular football fare like alcohol, guacamole, cheese dip, and other fatty foods can cause serious health problems or even death. To prevent your pet from getting sick, have pet treats on hand, and remind your guests that human food is off-limits.

For more pet tips, visit the DAVMS website “Resources for Pet Owners” page.

For breaking news and frequent pet tips, “like” the DAVMS Facebook page.

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