Summer Barbecue Safety For You And Your Dogs
Barbecue Safety is important when it comes to your pet. When you crack out the grill and the spareribs sauce for a summer barbecue, it can be difficult to resist a pair of puppy-dog eyes begging for a treat. Luckily for both you and your pup, many barbecue dishes are perfectly safe for our furry friends. Others, though, you need to be wary of. Food is the second leading cause of accidental poisoning among pet dogs. Here are some tips on how to have a dog-friendly cookout the next time you light up the grill.
Safety around the grill
If you’re going to allow your dog around the grill, you need to make sure to establish boundaries for safe grilling. Untrained dogs are liable to jump up and try to grab hot slabs of meat, which can result in burns to the esophagus and abdominal discomfort. You need to ensure that your dog is trained and knows to keep its distance from the grill while you’re cooking. You may want to cover freshly cooked meat just in case or keep your dog locked inside until it’s time to eat. And have some Natural Pet Treats on hand.
What’s okay for dogs to eat?
Many foods are perfectly safe for your dog to eat during a barbecue. You can feed them hot dogs and hamburgers, though they should be cut into bite-size pieces to prevent choking. Small portions of steak, rib meat, and grilled fish also make good treats. Even barbecue sauce is generally safe for dogs, though not all are fans of heavy spicing.
While it’s not to every dog’s tastes, whole grilled vegetables such as zucchini, potato, and carrot are fine for dogs. Certain fruits can also be served up as an occasional treat, including blueberries and seedless watermelon. If you want to keep your dog entertained, you can freeze fruits for a taste makeshift chew toy.
What’s not okay for dogs to eat?
The most dangerous thing that you can feed your dog during a barbecue is bones. Although some are safe, others, such as cooked chicken bones, can splinter easily and cause painful throat obstructions. You should be careful to remove any bones before giving meat to your dog, regardless of whether it’s beef, poultry, or fish. Several other common foods also pose a poisoning risk to dogs and should be kept out of reach if present at your cookout;
- Coffee and caffeine
- Coconut and coconut oil
- Grapes and raisins
- Milk and dairy
- Onions and garlic
As long as you’re careful about what you feed your dog during a barbecue, everybody should go to bed safe and satisfied. You can feed dogs most meats so long as the bone is removed along with several familiar side dishes. As with anything in life, though, only give your pup treats in moderation.