Super Bowl Sunday might not be as fun for pets as it can be for people. Loud -- cheering or jeering -- guests can upset your furry friends and stealing food can result in a stomachache.
If you're hosting a Super Bowl party, follow these tips from veterinarians of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) to keep your pets happy and healthy, no matter which team wins.
1. Commercial break - Take care of your pet's physical and social needs by taking a quick trip around the block or a rousing game of fetch in the yard. Don’t wanna miss the half-time commercials? Record ‘em.
2. The Super Bowl is America's second biggest food consuming day of the year behind Thanksgiving. Do pets a favor and offer a small amount of pet-specific treats so pets can share in the big game spread.
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3. Pet your furry friend. The hormone oxytocin kicks into high gear when petting an animal, helping to reduce blood pressure and decreasing cortisol, a hormone related to stress and anxiety. If your team is on the losing end, therapists have been prescribing pets for years as a way to deal with depression.
4. Quiet zone - Make sure pets have a restful room or area to which they can retreat. Loud party voices and booming music can make pets anxious. Even well-socialized animals are likely to be pushed beyond their limits.