5 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Cookout And You Need To Read This!

5 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Cookout And You Need To Read This!

It’s summer, the best time for fun cookouts with friends, family, and pups!

While cookouts can be loads of fun, it’s easy to forget that your fur balls need to be kept safe from the potential dangers that come with a laidback food-fest in the backyard. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

First, don’t leave any drinks containing alcohol unattended. Pups don’t have the necessary digestive abilities to break down alcohol, so it can be extremely toxic! Fur balls can even slip into a coma, or suffer respiratory failure, from ingesting alcohol. Remind your guests to keep their drinks within their line of sight at all times.

Next, pack along pup food. Too many scraps from the grill can be severely harmful to pups, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea. Don’t give them any bones from your finished food either, because they splinter easily and can cause intestinal damage when digested. Stick to feeding your pup with normal pup food, or make a frozen treat for them!

Also, make sure you don’t let any fur balls get too close to the grill! You don’t want them to get burns out of their curiosity about the delicious smells coming from it. Keep lighter fluid out of reach too.

In addition, do not use any sunscreen or insect repellant for your pup that have not been approved by a vet. The swallowing of any element of these can be potentially deadly to a pup. Call the Pet Poison Helpline at (800) 213-6680 if you think a fur ball might have eaten something bad.

Lastly, try to find a way to ID your pup! Consider getting your fur balls microchipped, or at least make sure they were an identification tag with your phone number and their name on it. A free roaming pup at a cookout who gets nervous due to the large amounts of people could get lost otherwise.

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