The Big Game Means Big Trouble for Pets   

By Monday, January 30, 2017

A portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”! 

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. And for many of us, that means gathering with other fans for some football, fun, and food.

Just like us, dogs and even cats can find football fare nearly impossible to resist — especially when sitting at eye-level. Unfortunately, furry fans who intercept game day grub are likely to catch more than they bargained for.

Chilly and I stopped by Daytime to share a few tips and tricks to keep pets safe when the game begins.

Intercept These Nefarious Noshes

While it might be tempting to slip Fido or Fluffy a few tasty tidbits, you can avoid an injury timeout by steering clear of these foods.

The big game snack spread

Some of these tasty treats will send your pets to the vet!

Brew-hoo — People aren’t the only ones who like beer. Some animals have a taste for it, too. But think twice before pouring your pet a pint. Even a nip can cause fatal respiratory depression.

No bones about it — Chicken wings have especially fine bones, which can splinter easily and puncture the GI tract. Plus, the sauces are virtually guaranteed to cause an upset stomach.

Not fun-ion — Onion rings are doubly dangerous. Onions in any form are poisonous to pets and fried foods can cause diarrhea.

(Don’t) pick ‘em — Toothpicks make a nice presentation for cubed meats, cheeses and other appetizers, but can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to pets’ GI tracts if swallowed.

Aw, nuts! — Many nut varieties have a devastating effect on dogs’ nervous systems. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis, and even death.

Potential Fines for Personal Fouls

No one wants to spend Super Bowl Sunday (or any day) in a pet ER. Not only is it scary to see your pet in pain, the bills can really add up. This is especially true if you’re not covered by a pet health insurance policy.

Average Veterinary Costs
Foreign body ingestion

Without pet insurance: $1,755

With pet insurance: $451*


GI (vomiting/diarrhea)

Without pet insurance: $850

With pet insurance: $270*


*Based on a Petplan policy, $100 deductible and 80% coverage.

Play Offense to Protect Pets!

Avoid Super Bowl surprises before the kick-off by having a game plan in place.

Call a Time Out

For some pets, game time goodies may simply be too great to resist. If that’s the case, seek alternative arrangements before hosting, or consider leaving your pet at home, if attending.

Watch the Turnovers

When begging doesn’t work, dogs may resort to linebacker tactics: playing smart and aggressive. Encourage guests to minimize the risk of fumbling food by sitting at a table or using snack trays.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Go for the extra point by keeping pet-friendly snacks handy for hungry hounds and famished felines. Better yet, go for two with pigskin-themed pet treats!

Don’t Leave It All on the Field

Keep an eye on unattended plates and cups — and make sure to clean up promptly. Even if they’re blocked at the line of scrimmage, sufficiently motivated dogs and cats will run the end-around without a second thought.

Have a Great Backup

Me and Chilly on the set of Daytime TV show, talking what parents should know about the "big game."

Me and Chilly on the set of Daytime TV show, talking what parents should know about the “big game.”

When the star play goes down, it pays to have a great backup on your team. One in three pets will make an unexpected trip to the vet this year, leaving some pet parents with tough choices and big bills. You can help ensure that you and your pet come out on the winning side with a policy from Petplan pet insurance.

Depending on the policy you choose, you can get up to $25,000 of veterinary coverage for just $1-2 a day. Get a free quote at, and use the code PETLVG for a 10% lifetime discount on a policy.

Now go enjoy the game!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen

Your turn: What’s your favorite part about Super Bowl Sunday? Share with me in the comments.

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