Barbeque Safety for Fido

Summer is coming, and many people are ready to fire up their grills. There are few better ways to spend a lazy summer afternoon or evening than gathered around a grill with friends and family, and enjoying some delicious barbequed food! Fido is an important part of the family, and he’s also a pretty big fan of burgers and hot dogs. Barbeques can be dangerous for dogs, however. Remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind this summer! Here, a Shawnee, KS vet discusses grilling out with Fido.

Food

Your four-legged pal will be paying very close attention as dishes start appearing on the table. (Fido may also use this opportunity to practice his most effective ‘please-share-that-burger-I’m-really-hungry’ look.) It’s fine to offer your furry buddy a special treat, but be careful what you offer him. Many popular foods are dangerous to dogs! Some of the no-no’s include meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados (including that yummy guac dip); nuts; raw dough, yeast, or meat; garlic and onions; pitted fruits; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Chemicals

Gasoline, lighter fluid, citronella, bug spray, and other chemicals are all very toxic to dogs. Keep these things well out of paws’ reach!

Trash

Fido is a bit of an opportunist, and may jump at the chance to score himself some leftovers by digging through the trash. This can be very hazardous! Garbage can contain many potential hazards, such as skewers, wrappers, bones, shells, tin foil, and cans. Pick up as soon as everyone has finished eating, and dispose of trash in a container with a secure lid.

Heat

Overheating can be extremely dangerous for dogs! Make sure your furry pal always has access to shade and fresh water. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your pet. If he starts drooling or panting heavily, immediately get him out of the sun and take steps to cool him off. Ask your vet for more information.

Parasites

Summer is a peak season for uninvited guests. Make sure your pooch is current on his parasite control products and vaccinations. We also recommend doing a complete tick check on Fido, just to make sure he didn’t pick up any hitchhikers.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us today! As your Shawnee, KS animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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