BBQ dangers for dogs
The days are getting warmer and people are moving out into the garden with friends and family to enjoy a good old BBQ while they can. Understandably we want our pets to join in the fun too; however a BBQ is not a dog’s best friend. A dog is exposed to a number of hazards at a BBQ and if not supervised closely the consequences can be tragic. The safest option would be to leave your canine friend indoors; however, if this is not possible then here is a list of some of the most common dangers and what you can do to prevent them:
BBQ food is not for pets – Keep the food out of reach where possible. Familiarise yourselves with which foods are dangerous and ensure your guests are aware of the rules too. Foods that are high in fat can cause inflammation of the pancreas which is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Corn on the cob isn’t easily digested by dogs, in the worst cases leading to a bowel obstruction, and they find this BBQ staple hard to resist especially when flavoured with butter or meat juices. One of the most common accidents involves dogs chewing and attempting to swallow kebab skewers whole, damaging their oesophagus, stomach and intestines in the process.
The BBQ – Appliances can take time to cool down therefore it is important to ensure dogs are not left unattended in the vicinity of a hot barbeque in case they jump up and burn themselves.
Cooked bone – Although not poisonous, if given to dogs these bones can shatter easily and can are a choking hazard. Splinters from the bone can become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.
Rubbish – Dogs will be spurred on by the delicious smells of the BBQ and may find cause to rummage in rubbish that is left around. Plastic plates, packaging, wrappers and any discarded food should be bagged up and stored out of reach.
Yummy distractions – The best way to keep dogs away from the BBQ is to satisfy them with some canine friendly frozen treats. Dogs will love chicken or beef broth that has been frozen in ice cube trays and they will be glad of the cool relief from frozen cut up greens, carrots or any other favourite fruit/veg.
In the event of an injury, fear of a blockage or suspected poisoning a Vet should be contacted for medical advice.