Posted 25th Aug 2017 by Peter Byrne
The bank holiday is upon us, and many will be planning a summer barbecue with friends and family - and that includes our pets
The nutrition experts at IAMS have lifted the lid on exactly what our furry family members will get up to...
One in five (20 per cent) of British Bank Holiday barbecues are anticipated to have animal guests, research from IAMS has revealed. The survey of 2,000 pet owners has revealed the smell of sausages results in 50 per cent of pets licking their lips and attempting to sneak leftovers directly off their plate.
Recent reports has shown 76 per cent of pet owners will see their pet as their own child, which is why many will give in to puppy dog eyes or little meows. 87 per cent have admitted to indulging their pets in daily treats, which is why nearly a third (30 per cent) are given food at a barbecue. What's more, 38 per cent of our playful pets will hide food in the garden for a later date.
IAMS nutrition expert and veterinary training manager, Kellie Ceccarelli, we should be careful with what we feed our pet, to make sure they remain as happy and healthy as possible: "When faced with puppy-dog eyes, or an adorable cat brushing up against you, it’s easy to slip them a little treat from your plate. Giving in by feeding human foods may seem to please your pet, but in the long-term it can have damaging health implications, such as increasing the risk of heart problems, obesity and joint issues – particularly in older cats and dogs."
"It’s important to understand what your pet needs to be happy and healthy. A diet rich in high quality animal proteins, such as chicken and turkey, will help in maintaining optimal overall health for your pet, supporting a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat."
Kellie's top barbecue foods to keep pets away from are:
1 Chicken wings and drumsticks
Cats and dogs will love the smell of chicken, but if there are bones involved, it runs the risk of splintering, which can cause intestinal obstruction. Instead, look for a pet food which has high quality animal proteins, such as chicken and turkey, as the primary ingredient.
2 Hot dogs
Hot dogs are unhealthy, containing high amounts of preservatives and salt, which can cause diarrhoea and digestive issues for your dog. You can try feeding your pet a 100 per cent complete diet to maintain optimal overall health, which helps to support a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat.
3 Corn on the Cob
This isn't toxic for pets, but the shape alone could lead to choking and obstruction, so you should ensure your pet does not sneak a lick.
All close members of the onion family, including shallots, onions, garlic, scallions and the like will contain compounds which are harmful to your dog's red blood cells, if ingested.
Both dogs and cats are uniquely sensitive to alcoholic beverages, but will not necessarily shy away from drinking an abandoned drink. Even a few ounces can be poisonous to a dog or cat, so leave drinks out of a pet's reach.