Are you planning to host some cookouts this summer? If so, your dog will no likely be delighted to join you! Our canine pals absolutely love grillouts… and, well, pretty much anything else that involves food. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. Here, a Cherry Hill, NJ vet discusses barbeque safety for dogs.
Many foods found at barbeques are toxic to dogs! Some things you should never give your pooch include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; avocado (even in guacamole); nuts; grapes, currants, and raisins; fried foods; chocolate; pitted fruits; meat on the bone; and raw meat, dough, or yeast. Alcohol is also a no-no, as is anything containing xylitol. What can you give your pup? A plain burger, sausage, or cut-up hot dog is fine. Fido can also have some cooked, plain fish or chicken with the bones, skin, and fat removed. Ask your vet for more information.
Fleas, ticks, and other nasty parasites come out in droves in summer. Keep Fido current on his vaccinations and parasite prevention products. It’s also important to make sure your furry buddy is microchipped and wearing current ID tags.
As soon as everyone has finished eating, throw out the trash and put away uneaten food. Fido has been known to fish through the garbage in search of leftovers, so we recommend using a garbage can with a secure lid. The trash could contain many dangerous items, such as bones, can lids, skewers, bottle caps, tin foil, fat trimmings, and other hazards.
Dogs and grills are not a good combination! Keep Fido safely away from the barbeque. Your cute pet could easily singe his fur, or burn his mouth trying to snap up a sizzling hot burger that fell to the ground.
Make sure to keep your pooch well hydrated. Fido should also have a comfy, shaded area to relax in. If you notice your furry friend panting heavily, bring him inside, to rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners.
Pay close attention as people are coming or going. It’s very easy for Fido to slip out an open gate. Also, keep your canine buddy away from chemicals, such as citronella, lighter fluid, and bug spray.
Please call us, your Cherry Hill, NJ veterinary hospital, for your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!