4th of July Pet Food Safety

Dog drinkingIt’s almost 4th of July which means BBQs are in order!  And for the 46% of American households that own a dog but can’t find a pet sitter, get ready to show off your adorable pooch. But before you get the summer festivities started, make sure you’ve got your Pet Food Safety FAQs in the front of your mind.

  • Food – While you have the luxury of cheating on your diet, don’t let your pets stray from theirs.  Sure it can be tough when you’re faced with puppy-dog eyes as you pound a hotdog or hamburger but these foods can cause your pets some serious pancreatitis, diarrhea (fun right?), or vomiting.  So when heading to your next Bar-B-Q, grab some extra kibble and H20.  Other people foods that can cause indigestion or worse include: anything with onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt, or yeast dough.
  • Happy Hour – If you’re busy enjoying a microbrew or white Russian, make sure that your cat or dog can’t get to it.  Even small amounts of alcohol can be poisonous or life threatening.  So keep drinks out of your pets’ reach and ensure that it stays a Happy Hour for all!
  • Cleaning the Grill – When cleaning the grill, don’t just scrape and toss the fatty bits aside.  Be sure to keep any grease, fatty foods, and trimmings away from pets and safely secured in the trash.  As gross as it may seem to you, grease and fatty table scraps can be an irresistible treat for your pets, but it can also lead to pancreatitis.

Dog eating pizzaAs you’re prepping for 4th of July Pet Safety mishaps, refer to your Red Cross Pet First Aid App.  If you suspect your pet has eaten a corn cob, grease or anything they shouldn’t have, then call your vet asap.  They’ll be the go-to-source to advise you on the best course of action, whether it’s watch-and-wait or get examined asap.

Photo Credit: Taro the Shiba Inu and Natalie’s New York on Flickr

Posted in In The News, Pets Galore

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