Keep your pets happy and safe on Super Bowl Sunday

Keep your pets happy and safe on Super Bowl Sunday

It's OK to be a party animal this weekend.

But if you're going to have a lot of people in the house to watch the big game, think about your furry friends.

"Any time you having a party with a lot of people over, it can be stressful for your pets," said Jim Keller with Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville.

There are things you can do to keep the 12th Man enthusiasm from scaring your pets.

"I always think with guests coming and going and doors opening, you've got to keep your dog in a secure crate or at least behind a baby gate," Keller said. "Cats are a little more sensitive, so keep them behind a closed door in a quiet room. When it gets really noisy, that can scare them and cause them to run for that nearest open door."

That's why it's so important to make sure both your dog and cat are wearing a collar with identifcation.

If your house is party central, you'll have food and alcoholic beverages all around. Your pet may nto be able to resist the tempreation.

"Alcohol is particularly bad for pets," Keller told me. "So are fatty foods which can cause stomach upset or diarrhea. And I think most people know that cholcolate can be poinsonous to dogs."

One more food-related tip: Never give your dog chicken or turkey bones. They can splinter when chewed and block your dog's throat.