Firing up the barbeque when the weather is nice and warm is one of the best and most delicious outdoor activities we all like to take part in in the summer. Cooking meat and vegetables on the grill while entertaining our family and friends in the garden is great fun. But with every upside is a downside and I am not talking about your waistline here. Dogs behaviour can change. The variety of smells from all the delicious foods served could enticing our four-legged friends that is otherwise well behaved to do things that they normally would not do. Our fury family members could be in danger without us realising. Below a few tips that should assure you to make the event a happy one.
Keep everything at a safe level. Don’t give Frank and Jelly the opportunity to steel anything of the table.
Give them space. Lots of people in a small space can be overwhelming for our pooches. Allocate an area in your garden. If the size of your garden allows it, set out some toys or pet-friendly games that dog and guests can all get involved in. Anything from a game of Frisbee , to an elaborate obstacle course will ensure your fury friend gets some attention in between the next round of food!
Create a special menu or make sure your fury family member is full before the BBQ kicks off. This will mean you don’t need to share your plate with him. It may seem natural to throw our dogs a bone, but cooked bones found in ribs and chicken wings can splinter and become lodged in their digestive tract.
No matter how lovingly our pooches look at us while we’re enjoying a piece of corn on the cob, do not share it with him. There is a risk that he will choke on it or has problems to digest it.
Some non-grill items that may be present at a BBQ can be harmful to pets. These include avocado, grapes, chocolate, chives, garlic, raw eggs, and alcohol. Keep them out of our four-legged friend’s reach.
Ice creams as refreshing ice cream is, it’s best not to share it with our fury friend. Not all fur babies can digest dairy very well. Although yogurt is also a dairy product, frozen yogurt is a much better alternative to ice cream. The active bacteria in yogurt can actually help and strengthen our pooch’s digestive system. Be sure to skip added sugar or artificial sweetener. To avoid milk altogether freeze chunks of strawberries, raspberries, watermelons, apples and pineapples and give them to your pooch as a sweet, icy treat.
Keep them hydrated. We all love our pets to run around and play, interacting with our family and friends, but it’s important to make sure they stay hydrated, so keep the water bowl also easy accessible.
Feeding charred bits of sausage or other meats to pets can cause health issues. We all know how good pets are at sniffing out uneaten food or grease covered aluminium foil, plastic wrap and kebab skewers. This can be very dangerous, so keep a bin in reach of the BBQ and store left overs away safely away and always have some treats ready to keep them distracted.
The tips and advice should help you enjoy the BBQ season and ensure that all our guests (furry, or otherwise) have a safe and fun filled experience this summer.
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Paws of Love Frank and Jelly
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