Two Situations That Call For Considering The Effects Of Balloons

It's easy to argue that balloons are always a perfect present; their colorful patterns and whimsical shapes are simply fun to see. But if you want to give someone a balloon arrangement, do try to ensure that the person can safely take the balloon home. You want your present to be greeted with joy, but if the person has pets or a fear of balloons, you need to see if there is a way to present the balloons that doesn't trigger problems.


Animals, particularly dogs, become very curious around balloons. Once they get a hold of the balloons, they can start playing with the balloons roughly, popping them in no time. And, as with most small, colorful items, the pets can eat the popped balloons quickly.

Sometimes the balloon pieces have no effect -- the pet passes them later on. But the pieces can form obstructions in the pet's intestines, and the smaller the pet, the bigger the risk. If you know the intended recipient has pets, especially dogs, and the balloons are meant to celebrate something that requires a lot of the recipient's time (such as the birth of a child or a return home from the hospital), then you might want to be careful about sending a balloon arrangement just because, should something happen to the pet, that's an emergency the person might not be able to handle.

However, if the balloons are for something that is not taking up the recipient's time (congratulations on graduating, for example), you can just warn the recipient about the pet issue after presenting him or her with the balloons. Let him or her know to keep the balloons away from the pets, and that should help.


Globophobia, or a fear of balloons, is a real thing. Sometimes the fear is of the shape or tendency of the balloons to drift in unexpected directions; other times, the fear is about the sudden, loud popping sound the balloons can make. If you suspect the person doesn't like balloons, especially if the fear is due to the fact that a popping balloon can sound like a gunshot, avoid balloons for this person. But if you know the person's family or friends, you could try asking them what the extent of the fear is. It could be that giving the person a mylar balloon, which can seem slightly thicker than a standard rubber balloon, would be just fine. Or maybe the fear is a non-issue as long as the balloons don't hold any helium. Globophobia can differ in many ways.

Once you have a better idea of what the recipient is dealing with, check out companies that offer balloon arrangements and look at those that would mitigate whatever the problem is. There are tons of different arrangements and types of balloons, so chances are, you're going to find something that would work out quite well. For more information, talk to a professional like Tampa Bay Balloons​.