Who doesn’t love a good BBQ on a sunny day? Yes, even your dog will look forward to socialising with friends and family, being outside in the garden and smelling the tantalising aroma of cooking meat wafting past his nose.
There are, however, a few precautions you must make to ensure your dog doesn’t suffer during the day. Simple things such as lack of shade, additional heat from the BBQ stove itself and the possibility of an upset tummy from eating leftover food doesn’t make for a happy pooch.
Follow these tips for keeping your dog safe around a BBQ:
Keep your dog away from the BBQ stove
It goes without saying, that the most obvious hazard at a BBQ is the heat and risk of burns from the BBQ flames. Ensure your BBQ is on level ground, and never leave it unaccompanied when pets are around. A dog’s fur can easily singe simply by being near to the additional heat of the BBQ may cause him to overheat.
Sun protection is as important for our pets as it is for us. Choose a cream that is pet-friendly and apply before he goes outside into the sun and with a repeat application if you are outside for any length of time.
Provide plenty of water and shade
Try to keep your pet out of the intense heat of the sun by providing some shade for him to snooze in. Make sure he has access to plenty of fresh water to reduce the risk of heatstroke and dehydration.
Take care with food and alcohol
The delightful aroma of all the cooking meat will be a great enticement for your dog, but don’t be tempted to give in to him. Dogs love to eat whatever they can get their paws on, even if they’re not healthy. Raw meat and bones are to be found at BBQs, fatty food can make him sick, while corn on the cob can cause serious health issues for dogs, so be aware of what he is eating.
Ask your guests not to feed your dog, consider having a bag of treats on hand for him instead.
Take care with your drinks too, as alcohol is very likely to make your dog very poorly.
Dispose of rubbish carefully
It’s not a good idea to feed your dog food scraps, but also make sure that he can’t access the rubbish by placing it in a secure bin where he can’t rummage for tin foil, skewers and scraps of meat, none of which will benefit him.
Keep a watchful eye on your pets, and have a great summer BBQ!