If you are planning a BBQ in the summer sun, we are jealous! Where is our invite!?
With the summer sun finally arriving, there’s no better time for a barbecue. But if you’re a dog owner, it’s important to keep certain foods away from your four legged friend. We see an increase in BBQ related cases over the summer months, so we have put together a little guide on the common dangers to be aware of.
Plus, so you can keep tails wagging, we’ve got some suggestions on what you can feed your pet while you tuck into your own meal.
1. Raw meat
Make sure you keep raw meat away from your dog, as this can carry salmonella or campylobacter. Salmonella often leads to gastrointestinal illness, which results in symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea. For budding chefs making kebabs, keep an eye on the skewers as wood can splinter and cut the inside of a dog’s mouth
2. Corn on the cob
A dog can’t digest corn on the cob, so this should be avoided. In a worst-case scenario and we have seen this before where the cob causes a bowel obstruction, which would require surgery to resolve. The shape of the cob also poses a threat of choking.
Do note that when sweetcorn is removed from the cob it is fine for your dog – it contains protein and natural antioxidants.
Onions are toxic to dogs because they contain a compound called n-propyl disulphide, which can lead to a breakdown of a dog’s red blood cells. If your reaction times aren’t quite quick enough and your dog scoffs a tiny piece of onion, it shouldn’t cause any major problems. But the more onion your dog eats, the higher the chance of sickness, especially if you own a small breed. In extreme cases, onion poisoning can prove fatal for dogs.
4. Ice cream
Ice cream can be a great way to finish off your summer barbecue, but we suggest you keep Ice cream away from the dogs. Although dog-friendly ice cream does exist, many ice creams contain sweeteners such as xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. It’s also important to remember that some pooches are lactose intolerant and therefore should never have ice cream.
Chocolate ice cream is a definite no-no. As chocolate is toxic to dogs, ingesting it can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity and even heart failure.
5. Other dangers
Danger can present itself in many different forms and can come from the least expected way. We err caution, as we always do as we unfortunately do see many emergencies each year for avoidable reasons. Here are a few more things to be aware of before you make us jealous by tucking into your BBQ! Enjoy, safely!
Burger sauces (some will contain garlic and onion)
Alcohol or fizzy pop
If you think your dog has ingested any of the mentioned dangers please contact us immediately.