Dog Safety Tips For Super Bowl Sunday
In case you missed it, we shared an article about how to prevent dog bites on Super Bowl Sunday. We now want to share dog safety tips for Super Bowl Sunday because we know it will be a day filled with delicious snacks, treats and alcohol — delicious for the humans, potentially harmful for your beloved fur-babies.
Let’s face it, dogs are curious and they will want to sample the delicious treats you will be serving your guests for the big game. If you have a dog who begs at the table and you know you will have guests who won’t be able to resist sneaking your dog a treat, we urge you to have healthy treats on hand. Many dogs love carrots, green beans and other low-cal treats, have your guests feed them those rather than the human food. Be aware though, your dog may be so excited he may nip the fingers of your guests and you want to assure your guests are safe and that there are no dog bites during the party at your home. You may want to caution guests to not feed your dogs at all — a word to the wise from a dog bite insurance professional!
- Alcohol — many of these drinks are sweet and the smell lures the dog in. Alcohol can lead to ethanol poisoning in dogs and cats so keep all drinks out of the reach of your pets.
- Chicken wings — the bones can be deadly and potentially kill your dog. Also, hot sauces are not good for your pets.
- Chocolate — this is a potentially deadly food for a dog or cat. Chocolate poisoning can cause muscle tremors, seizures and heart arrhythmia.
- Soda or other caffeinated drinks — this can lead to restlessness, heart palpitations and breathing problems. Keep sugary and caffeinated drinks away from your pets.
- Guacamole – many types of guac are made with avocado (of course!) and onion and garlic. Onions and garlic can lead to gastrointestinal issues, red blood cell damage and elevated heart rate. Avocadoes are also toxic to pets and can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.
- Ice cream – if that’s on the dessert menu, know that it can cause gastrointestinal issues in your cat or dog, even though they will be drawn to its sweetness.
Bottom line on the Super Bowl or any other party you’re having — don’t feed your dog table scraps. He isn’t accustomed to them, they could make him ill — or worse — and honestly, he doesn’t know what he’s missing.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.