Feb 09, 2024

Vet: If having a party, let pets go where they can be calm

Posted Feb 09, 2024 12:25 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Erica Miller, DVM with Apple Lane Animal Hospital reminds us, if you're having a large gathering Sunday for the game, know how your pets will react beforehand.

"Most dogs that are crate trained actually view their crate as a safe space," Miller said. "My dog that does not like a lot of people and change, she actually would put herself back in the bedroom, back on her bed when she was just not sure about everything. The same with people, right? There's introverts and extroverts. Some of us just don't like big crowds and lots of people."

It's also a way to make sure that the treats the people have don't end up making dogs or cats sick.

"There's generally lots of food, different types of food and drinks and people that may or may not have pets may not think, hey, I shouldn't put my plate down here on the floor," Miller said. "Sometimes crating is good to prevent your pet from getting into things they shouldn't that they don't normally have access to, as well."

In fact, even if something they eat isn't harmful in and of itself, their bodies may still not be able to handle it.

"Most of the time, pets are just used to their normal diet," Miller said. "Anything outside the ordinary can definitely cause GI upset, vomiting, diarrhea. Who wants to deal with that the day after the Super Bowl?"

If you have questions, call your veterinarian for more tips.

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