While tasty, hot dogs are not the healthiest food for us humans, and they are even worse for pets. Hot dogs are packed with tons of salt and preservatives, both in levels that dogs are just not used to. Excessive amounts can lead to diarrhea and indigestion. It’s our recommendation to avoid them altogether, but if you must must must give in to temptation and treat your dog, please exercise moderation . Also, it’s helpful to cut them into bite-size pieces to avoid choking hazards.
Chips are pretzels are also full of salt that can cause excessive thirst and urination. And who wants a dog peeing everywhere!? In all seriousness, snack foods are just as unhealthy for dogs as they can be for us and we should exercise caution. If your dog gets too many snacks it can lead to sodium ion poisoning, the effects of which can include vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and even death.
The leftover remains from ribs, steaks or chicken wings can be dangerous in the mouth of your dog. Bones can splinter easily and if they are digested they can cause puncture wounds in your dog’s mouth, stomach or digestive tract. They can also lead to obstructions and other health hazards. For your dog’s safety, make sure everyone knows where they can safely dispose of their food.
Fruits and Desserts
Fruits, in general, are high in sugar and can lead to blood glucose issues, but the main culprits to watch out for are grapes and raisins . They have been shown to cause serious kidney issues and even death when consumed by dogs. Desserts that include chocolate or Xylitol are no-nos for dogs, as they can prove fatal quickly.
Many cookout foods are also choking hazards. Hot dogs, bones, and corn cobs can get lodged in your dog’s airway. Keep an eye out for anything that is larger than bite size.
An ice cold beer or mixed drink might be the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day, but it is not going to have the same effect on your pet. Even a small amount, just a few licks or laps, can be dangerous or even fatal. In a festive environment, once drinks start pouring it’s not uncommon for a few glasses to get abandoned here and there, so make sure you clean up after your forgetful friends.
Pet Safe Food
Okay, cookouts are all about fun and food. If we enjoy these things, why shouldn’t our pets? They can have fun too, as long as we are responsible and make it safe for them!
The good folks at the have come up with some tasty, pet safe recipes that you can prepare for your pet and bring to your next cookout. The recipes include a tasty Bacon Swiss Burger, a delectable Turkey Burger, and Peanut Butter Treats!
As mentioned earlier, you can give in and treat your pet to normal cookout fare but it is important that you remember what is poisonous, what can be a choking hazard and what you should feed in moderation. If your pet is just too far determined to get into the entire spread, it might be a good idea to take them indoors or to another part of the yard where they can stay out of harm’s way.
Have fun this summer, but be safe – even if your pet whines just a bit because they can enjoy the buffet, they will appreciate your mindful discretion in the long run!