Barbeque Safety for Dogs

Are you planning to host some cookouts this year? Your canine pal will be delighted to join you! Dogs love grill-outs almost as much as people do. Just be sure to put Fido’s safety first! In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA, a local vet discusses barbeque safety for dogs.

Food

Fido has a very healthy appetite, and will happily snap up anything offered to him. Unfortunately, some very popular foods are toxic to our canine companions. Never give your pup grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; avocado and/or guacamole; nuts; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; or anything containing xylitol.

Chemicals

Lighter fluid, citronella, bug spray, and other chemicals are highly toxic. Keep these things away from Fido!

Open Gates

Watch for open doors and/or gates, especially as people are coming or going. It’s very easy for a frisky dog to slip out an open gate!

Injuries

Dogs often get underfoot, especially when there is food around. This can make it easy for Fido to get stepped on. He could also get his tail caught in a door or under a chair. Keep a close eye on your furry friend!

Grill

Fido will be very interested in the food coming off the grill. However, the area around the barbeque is not safe for dogs. Your pet could burn his mouth on a sizzling piece of meat that falls to the ground, or get his fur singed by getting too close.

Trash

As soon as everyone has finished eating, pack up leftovers and throw away uneaten food. Fido will likely be paying very close attention as you do this. He may even try to score some snacks out of the garbage! The trash may contain bones, tin foil, toothpicks, skewers, can lids, and other hazardous items. Use a garbage can with a secure lid, just in case your dog gets any bright ideas about digging for leftovers.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can make Fido both itchy and sick. Keep up with your furry buddy’s parasite control regime! Also, check him thoroughly that night, to make sure he hasn’t picked up any ticks.

Please contact All About Animals Veterinary Services, your local pet clinic, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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