The big game is here and we’re ready to celebrate with family and furry friends. As kick-off approaches, are you ready to host a stellar family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party? While the big event may look different this year, you can still find ways to entertain your pets. Naturally, little ones (human and furry friends alike) have a way of finding their own version of fun at parties. Check out our tips on how to host a family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party that will be a champion for years to come.
Top ways to host a family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party
Family and pet-friendly Super Bowl environment
It’s incredibly important to have a family and pet-friendly super bowl environment for all to enjoy. While the action of the big game might be fun for the adults, kids and pets need fun and inviting space of their own to enjoy.
For example, consider a separate space for kids and pets, it allows them to have a safe and fun enrichment. Also, baby gates can help break up space in your home.
Further, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure you have hand sanitizer, masks, and are properly distancing yourself from others.
Interactive play space
A wonderful way to incorporate an interactive play space at your family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party are to provide enrichment toys for the pets for physical, emotional, and mental stimulation. Also, enrichment toys can be helpful to curtail any pets exhibiting stress and anxiety at the party.
While pets are interacting with kids, make sure an adult is always present. For an additional resource for your pets, check out this indoor dog activities guide.
Naturally, depending on your pet’s age, breed, or size they may prefer different toys. Consider incorporating some new toys during playtime. Also, a new toy may help keep your pets entertained during the big game.
Zoom with friends and family
Although the big game is different from year’s past, no reason why you can’t connect with friends and family from afar. Consider setting up a zoom call with friends and family, so you can still enjoy the game and the festivities together.
A safe and tidy pet space to retreat
The excitement of the big game might not elicit joy from everyone, like your furry friends. Despite being in the presence of their family, your pets might become scared or anxious due to new people, new pets, loud noises, and an overall change in their environment.
Consider a separate pet space for your pet to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed. For example, having an inviting area that has toys, food and water bowl, and a comfortable bed or crate to curl up in.
While most have been at home more often during the COVID-19 pandemic, your pets may have gotten used to spending more time with you. For example, separation anxiety in dogs and cats can start to occur with something as simple as leaving the room, your shared space, or your home. Take this into consideration when you make your plans for the big day.
Further, this allows your furry friends to get some rest and relaxation amidst the activity around the big game.
Versatile family and pet-friendly treats
A versatile family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party are not complete without treats that all can enjoy, but with kids and pets present you run the risk of them getting into something they shouldn’t. Consider keeping kid and pet-appropriate snacks in a separate area from adult treats and beverages.
Avoid biggest fumble of the day
Keeping pets out of the kitchen can help protect against the biggest fumble of the day. According to the Trupanion claims database, Super Bowl parties can be a big risk for pets. Over the last five years, dogs have racked up a million dollars in foreign body ingestion claims alone around the big game.
Because of this staggering number, it’s increasingly important to keep tabs on what your pet is eating during the big game.
For example, cooked chicken bones can be problematic, especially small bones in wings and legs, as can overconsumption of fatty foods. Also, chocolate and alcoholic beverages can become an issue.
Consider keeping pets out of the kitchen, to avoid an incident that could lead to a trip to the emergency room.
Family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party: a perfect party for all
By hosting a family and pet-friendly Super Bowl party it may allow for a fun and interactive space for all people and pets present to enjoy the festivities of the football game. By taking safety precautions, wearing masks, and social distancing you may have a day of fun with your furry friends by your side.
Have a safe and fun Super Bowl party with your pets and if you need us, we’re here on game day!
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.