Posted 2nd Aug 2017
Despite the unpredictable British weather, during the holidays many of us will be planning summer barbecues with friends and family – and this includes our pets.
When it comes to alfresco dining, it’s important to stay strong against puppy dog eyes. Although dogs may want to share our ice cream or steal a chicken wing from our plate, some human food can have a negative effect on long-term health and wellbeing.
To ensure you keep your pet safe over the summer months, Eukanuba’s Veterinary Expert, Kellie Ceccarelli, shares her advice on the types of foods to keep out of the way.
If you enjoy chicken wings or drumsticks on the barbecue you will be left with bones. Try to ignore the temptation to give them to your dog for a tasty chew.
While some dogs eat bones and remain unharmed others aren’t so lucky. Bones can be dangerous and contrary to popular belief do not clean teeth. In fact, they can cause painful trauma to gums, get lodged in the roof of the mouth, throat, stomach, intestine and rectum which sometimes requires emergency surgical intervention. Prevention is better than cure.
Onions and garlic
Onions and garlic might taste delicious coupled with a sausage but don’t give in to any begging, as not only can it cause bad breath but consuming large quantities can be toxic causing a break-down of red blood cells (haemolytic anaemia). In severe cases, this can be fatal.
If you’re enjoying a sweet treat for dessert keep it to yourself. Chocolate will not only add to your dog’s waistline but it can be toxic. It contains “theobromine” which when eaten in large quantities, can be life threatening. This is particularly important for chocolate containing high cocoa levels.
Dairy products are another no, no as they can cause diarrhoea and other digestive problems. Although true food allergies in dogs are actually quite rare for those who have lactose allergies or intolerances ice cream can trigger a reaction.
Alcohol should never be fed to dogs as they are much smaller to humans and therefore more susceptible to intoxication. Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, poor breathing, coma and possibly death.
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