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Summer is the season for outdoor BBQs with family, friends, and dogs. For most dogs, BBQs provide great opportunities to run and play. Unfortunately, there are also ample opportunities for dogs to eat some of the foods.
Those big eyes begging for a treat can be hard to resist. Many people may think "a little BBQ snack won't hurt them." However, many foods found at BBQs are hazardous or toxic to dogs. Learn which summer BBQ foods to keep away from dogs.
Before giving their dogs table food, pet parents should first ask themselves, "can my dog eat this?" Researching foods before offering them to their dog will help prevent an expensive trip to the emergency vet.
The following is a list of common summer BBQ foods to keep away from dogs.
Plain boneless chicken isn't harmful to dogs, but it becomes a big health hazard when it's on a bone. For starters, the size of a chicken wing is similar to the size of some dogs’ esophagus. A chicken wing can easily get stuck and cause a dog to choke.
If the wing does manage to get down the esophagus, it then becomes a hazard in the stomach and intestines. The bones of the chewed wing can puncture the stomach lining and intestines and cause a life-threatening problem.
Corn cobs and rib bones are also huge choking hazards. Also, these foods are often seasoned with salt, and dogs cannot process high levels of salt or sodium.
Some fruits, such as blueberries, are safe for dogs. However, other fruits, like grapes, are toxic to dogs. Grapes are known to cause kidney failure in dogs.
Fruits that have thick rinds or large pits can be choking hazards.
Onions and garlic are highly toxic to dogs and break down their red blood cells — causing anemia.
Dogs prone to stealing table food should be kept secured in an area where they cannot get to the food. Baby gates, fences, and tethers are great options for keeping the dog safe.
If a dog manages to escape and ingests any of the above-listed foods, pet parents should immediately consult with a vet. Signs the dog needs emergency care include:
Gums lose color
Vomiting or dry heaving
When attending any social gathering with their dog, a pet parent can pack separate food for their dogs. This can include food from the dog's regular diet and pet-safe treats. High value treats are a great way to include dogs in on the celebration and distract them from going after human food.
Pet parents should resist giving their dogs food from the table so the dog won't expect it when they're at a gathering. Finally, pet parents can also train their family and friends not to give their dog table food.