It’s summer, which means its cookout season! Your dog will likely want to tag along to all your backyard barbecues, but there are some hazards lurking that you’re probably not aware of. Keep your dog safe this summer and avoid these common barbecue foods:
Hot dogs are packed with tons of salt and preservatives, both in levels that dogs are just not used to. Excessive amounts can lead to diarrhea and indigestion. It’s our recommendation to avoid them altogether, but if you must must give in to temptation and treat your dog, please exercise moderation. Also, it’s helpful to cut them into bite-size pieces to avoid choking hazards.
Chips are pretzels are also full of salt that can cause excessive thirst and urination. If your dog gets too many snacks it can lead to sodium ion poisoning, the effects of which can include vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and even death.
The leftover remains from ribs, steaks or chicken wings can be dangerous in the mouth of your dog. Bones can splinter easily, and if they are digested they can cause puncture wounds in your dogs mouth, stomach or digestive tract. They can also lead to obstructions and other health hazards. For your dog’s safety, make sure everyone knows where they can safely dispose of their food.
Fruits and Desserts
Fruits in general are high in sugar and can lead to blood glucose issues, but the main culprits to watch out for are grapes and raisins. They have been shown to cause serious kidney issues and even death when consumed by dogs. And of course, watch out for chocolate.