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  • Writer's pictureThe Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting Team

Paws-itive Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During the March Madness Games

It's that time of the year again when the excitement of March Madness sweeps across the nation. As we rally behind our local teams and immerse ourselves in the thrill of the games, it's essential to remember our furry friends who might not share the same enthusiasm for the loud cheers and bustling gatherings.

While we're all for team spirit and enjoying the big game, our priority remains the well-being of our beloved pets. That's why we've put together some handy tips to ensure your pets stay safe and comfortable during March Madness.

Preparing Your Pet for the Game

Watching the game can be a lot of fun, but not all pets are fans of loud noises and crowded rooms. Here are some ways to make sure your pet is set up for a stress-free game day:

  • Create a Quiet Zone: Set up a cozy, quiet space in your home where your pet can escape the excitement. A familiar room with their favorite bed, toys, and some calming music can make a world of difference.

  • Stock Up on Essentials: Ensure your pet has everything they need, like fresh water, nutritious food, and some tasty treats to keep them occupied during the game.

Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Game

As tip-off approaches and the game gets underway, keeping your pet safe becomes the top priority. Here are some tips to ensure they stay out of harm's way:

  • Secure Your Viewing Area: Keep your pet at a safe distance from the TV and any speakers to prevent any startle or discomfort from sudden loud noises.

  • Guard the Snacks: It's easy for pets to snag a fallen chip or chicken wing, but many game day snacks can be harmful to them. Ensure all food is out of reach and remind guests not to feed your pet any table scraps.

Post-Game Safety

The final buzzer doesn't mean the end of pet safety precautions. Post-game celebrations can pose risks too:

  • Clear the Field: Make sure all food, drinks, and any small, chewable items are cleaned up and disposed of properly to prevent any accidental ingestions.

  • Monitor Exit and Entry: Keep an eye on doors and windows to ensure your pet doesn't slip out unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of guests leaving.


March Madness is a time of great joy and excitement, but let's not forget the comfort and safety of our non-human family members among the festivities. By taking a few simple precautions, we can ensure that everyone, including our pets, enjoys the game in their own way.


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