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Keep your dog safe during the BBQ season

Posted 06/07/2021

It’s hard to beat the smell of sausages sizzling on the BBQ on a hot Summer’s day. With that in mind, imagine how much harder it must be for our dogs! We know that many of you don’t like your four-legged friends to miss out when it comes to barbeques, but there are some things to watch out for.

Read our nutrition team’s list of things to avoid to help keep your dog safe this time of year:

1. Onions

Although there are many ‘human foods’ they can eat, onion is not one of them. Ingestion of onions can cause a type of anaemia called haemolytic anaemia in dogs.

2. Garlic

This contains a compound which can be toxic to dogs as it can damage their red blood cells. Garlic can be found in lots of foods as an ingredient, so it can be difficult to spot but should always be avoided.

3. Avocado

These can be dangerous if consumed, furthermore the stone can pose a serious choke hazard to dogs if they eat it; so it’s best to avoid them altogether!

4. Bones

Cooked bones can splinter, causing perforations in their digestive tract or blockages which would require emergency veterinary treatment.

5. Packaging

The discarded packaging from your BBQ food still smells delicious to your dog, and they may sneak away with it to a quiet corner to devour it. This may cause an upset tummy or in the worst-case scenario, a blockage in the gut. Ensure that you dispose of all packaging in a bin which they can’t nose their way into.

6. Kebab skewers

Wooden kebab skewers can pierce gums or tongue, and also cause perforations in the digestive tract if ingested. Remember to always keep these out of your dog’s reach.

7. Guests feed|ng your dog

Your dog may have particular dietary requirements e.g. intolerant to chicken so may respond badly to eating such foods. Feeding other foods may imbalance their diet, especially if you already feed a complete and balanced food. It’s a good idea to feed them before guests arrive.

8. Dropped food

Food on the floor may harbour bacteria, especially if you don’t know how long it’s been down there for. This could make them poorly if they eat it. Spicy food may also cause tummy upsets or make your dog very thirsty.

9. Hot weather

There is a risk of heatstroke and dehydration in hot weather so although you might enjoy soaking up the rays, make sure they always have access to shade and cool, fresh water.


Whilst you’re catching up with loved ones and enjoying your barbequed treats, don’t forget to keep a close eye on your furry friend to make sure they also have an enjoyable time as possible.


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