10 Jun Pet Safety at BBQs and Summer Get Togethers
Looks tasty, doesn’t it? Summertime is the season of get-togethers and backyard barbecues. With a little forethought, these events can become much safer and more enjoyable for our furred family members also. Establishing the boundaries for your pets and your guests helps to avoid unwanted trips to the emergency clinic. Goodies such as corn on the cob and bones can cause severe intestinal obstructions. The high fat content in most barbecue meats (sausage, hamburgers, and hotdogs) can cause an inflammation of the pancreas, which can lead to pancreatitis that is sometimes fatal. The unwanted leftovers such as grease from the cooked food and garbage are prized treats to our dogs and cats. In addition to causing a major stomach upset, grease may fall on small stones or dirt, which are then also consumed and can cause blockages. Citronella candles and torches should be firmly anchored so as not to become a burn hazard. Insect repellants, weed killers, and other chemicals are toxic and should be used in areas that are off-limits. Our pets enjoy the company of others but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Provide a place for your pet to go that is quiet and private so they can get away from all the revelry if they need to. If your pet is more of a wallflower, keep them safe indoors in an area that is off-limits to your guests.
With a little planning, your summer activities can be fun for all your family members!