Posted 25th May 2018
As we prepare for another stunning heatwave this Bank Holiday, barbecues are being dusted off up and down the country
However, it's not only family and friends who are being invited to come - one in five (20 per cent) of barbecues are anticipated to have animal guests too, prompting the experts at IAMS to offer their tips on the foods to keep our faithful companions away from.
IAMS are offering the advice following the research that reveals four in five UK pet owners feed their pets human food at least once a week, despite 72 per cent of us understanding the health implications of this.
The survey of 2,000 pet owners found the smell of sausages will have (50 per cent) of pets licking their lips and looking to sneak leftovers directly from the plate, while favourites such as chicken and hot dogs proved to be the foods Brits felt most guilty about sneaking their pets.
With a shocking 49 per cent of dogs and 44 per cent of cats are now considered overweight or obese by vets, the need need to take care of our pets, and ensuring they stay happy and healthy as possible has never been more important.
IAMS Nutrition Expert and Veterinary Training Manager, Kellie Ceccarelli, said: "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."
The top five things to ensure you keep your pet away from are:
1 Chicken wings and drumsticks
Cats and dogs especially love the smell of chicken. However, anything with bones runs the risk of splintering and causing obstructions in the intestines. Instead, look for a pet food with high quality animal proteins, such as chicken and turkey - this is the number one ingredient.
2 Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are unhealthy, containing a high amount of preservatives and salt, which results in diarrhoea and digestive problems for pets. Giving your pet a 100 per cent complete diet helps to maintain optimal overall health, which supports a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat.
3 Corn on the Cob
This isn't exactly toxic for pets, but the shape could cause choking and obstruction.
A big plate of sliced onions may sound ideal for your burgers but be sure to keep them away from dogs - all close members of the onion family (such as shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, and the like) contain compounds to harm your pooch's red blood cells if they are ingested.
Both dogs and cats are uniquely sensitive to alcohol but will not necessarily shy away from enjoying an abandoned drink. Even just a few ounces of beer or wine can prove poisonous to a dog or cat, so keep drinks out of your pet's reach.
Tips courtesy of IAMS