Don’t Let World Cup Soccer Kill Fido or Fluffy

TAMPA, Fla. - (Jun. 27, 2014) - Cutter Judge, a 3-year-old blue Great Dane, plays with a soccer ball near Tampa on Friday afternoon. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners - enhanced photo)

TAMPA, Fla. (Jun. 27, 2014) – Cutter Judge, a 3-year-old blue Great Dane, plays with a soccer ball near Tampa on Friday afternoon. (Photo handout courtesy of BluePearl Veterinary Partners – enhanced)

– As soccer fever sweeps the nation, veterinarians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging pet parents to make sure their pets are safe during game-related festivities.

“Inevitably, emergency visits to our hospitals slow down during major sporting events, but immediately after, we tend to see a significant increase,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl.

During events, holidays and parties, pets can easily get into trouble if they decide to take advantage of their parents’ unintentional divided attention.

“For instance, during the last Super Bowl, a family brought in their dog to one of our hospitals after he ate an entire plate of chicken wings and part of a leather football while the family was watching the game,” Welser said. “While all of us here at BluePearl are pulling for the success of our U.S. Men’s National Team, we’re also always pulling for your pets, regardless of their nationality and the team they may be rooting for.”

BluePearl Veterinarians recommend the following tips to help prevent injuries to pets:

  • Keep human food away from pets. Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol and raw or undercooked food can be dangerous to pets.
  • Keep pets away from turkey bones, chicken bonesand ham bones that can splinter and perforate the intestinal tract.
  • Seal garbage bags and place them in tightly covered containers to prevent pets from getting into something that could injure them.
  • When guests come over, regardless of the occasion, pet parents should be mindful of where their pets are at all times. Additionally, they should make guests aware if doors should be closed to prevent a pet from getting out.
  • Most importantly, if a pet is acting unusually, don’t wait. Get them to the nearest emergency veterinarian as soon as possible. Time is of the essence and often means the difference between life and death.

“And don’t worry about catching the rest of the game, if it’s not already on, our BluePearl team members will try to put it on for you in the lobby,” said Welser.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.