Barbecue season - summertime parties and in particular barbecues can be hazardous for your pets.
The last thing we want to do is be a killjoy but there are a number of summer barbecue hazards that can be easily prevented, and it’s better to be safe than sorry, so we’ve put together some tips to keep your pets safe and enjoy this great British summertime tradition.
Remember that party food is not for pets – make sure you keep food and drink out of reach. Be aware of which “human foods” are dangerous to your pets and make sure your guests know the rules too. Alcohol, corn on the cob and bones are particularly dangerous BBQ hazards for your pet.
Establish boundaries – sizzling sausages can be too difficult to resist, so make sure your pet doesn’t sustain burn injuries from stealing piping hot food from the barbecue or licking at dripping fat. Make sure no one gives your dogs cooked bones either, as they can shatter easily and are a choking hazard. Splinters can also cause injury by becoming lodged in or puncturing your pet's digestive tract.
Keep rubbish out of reach – we all know how skilled our pets, particularly dogs (and my Labrador is no exception) can be when it comes to sniffing out tasty leftovers. If covered in grease or other food leftovers, aluminium foil, plastic wrap, matches and kebab skewers can be very dangerous if your pet gets hold of them. Also keep all the chemical and toxin loaded products, such as insect repellents, citronella candles, weed killers, rat poison etc., well away from pets.
Finally - with everything else going on make sure that you remember to keep your dog's water bowl topped up.
While accidents may still happen, following these safety tips can help your four-legged furry friends stay safe while enjoying summer barbecues and get-togethers.