Summer is just around the corner! Many people are already enjoying outdoor cooking. Chicken, burgers, ribs, brats: they all somehow taste better grilled. Our canine pals also like ‘grilling and chilling’ on hot days. Just keep an eye on Fido. There’s all sorts of ways for Man’s Best Friend to get into mischief at a barbeque! A Dahlonega, GA vet offers some tips on this below.
Ok, let’s be honest: Fido is probably going to score a few burgers or hot dogs. That’s fine, but don’t overdo it. Also, be careful of what you give him. Many of our favorite foods are toxic to dogs! Some dangerous foods include grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados; any fruits with pips or seeds; garlic and onions; chocolate; alcohol; nuts; mushrooms; and anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe. Keep an eye on little kids, as they may innocently try to share some of their food with Fido.
Dogs are our buddies, and they love to just hang out with their humans. However, you don’t want Fido underfoot while you’re cooking. Your pooch could potentially get something spilled on him. He might also bump into you and/or the grill, which definitely isn’t safe. Plus, if you drop a sizzling-hot sausage, this way you at least have a chance of picking it up before he burns his mouth on it.
Fido is a very opportunistic eater, and he isn’t shy about looking for ways to score treats. He also isn’t above going through the trash in search of leftovers. Garbage can contain all sorts of things that are dangerous to pets, such as bones, toothpicks, skewers, can lids, tin foil, and fat trimmings. Use tall, secure garbage cans your canine buddy can’t get into.
Overheating and dehydration are both huge hazards for dogs in hot weather, and they go hand-in-paw. Fido can’t exactly go to the fridge or cooler and grab himself a cold drink. Make sure he always has plenty of fresh, clean water and access to cool shaded or indoor areas. Drop some ice cubes into his bowl if you like. If you notice your furry friend panting heavily, immediately give him some water and take him inside, to rooms cooled by fans and/or ACs.
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