Summer Gatherings: Safety For You and Your Dog

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Summer Gatherings: Safety For You and Your Dog

Summer Gatherings: Safety For You and Your Dog

Summer is approaching and that means tan lines, cold drinks and gatherings with your friends, family and pooch! Here are some tips to keep in mind during your outdoor gatherings and barbecues:

Summer is grilling season and that means you’ll have to be careful of where your dog is, especially while your New York strip steaks are cooking to juicy perfection. Ensure that your dog is monitored and not getting too close to the grill. A juicy steak or seasoned vegetable can cause almost any dog to get the urge to jump up on the hot grill to try to sneak a bite. Also, a grill can drip juicy deliciousness onto the rocks or concrete below and can be a potential hazard for your dog. Make sure to keep your dog tethered, in a safe and separate play area, or at least monitored during cook-out time to ensure your pooch doesn’t get hurt.

  • Remember to never give your dog cooked bones. Although some may mimic those we enjoy purchasing at the pet store for our dogs, a cooked bone can splinter and cut your dog’s mouth. Also, if pieces are swallowed, the splintered bones can cut or puncture your dog’s stomach and esophagus.
  • Although most of us love some buttery corn on the cob, and I am sure your dog would be no different, corn on the cob can be extremely dangerous for your pooch to consume. You are more than welcome to give your dog some kernels of corn as long as you ensure they are off the cob. The cob can be swallowed and can block your dog’s stomach and end your fun-filled day with friends with a trip to the emergency vet.
  • Thinking of having some fruit salad or fresh cut up fruit? There are many fruits that are dog-safe (and many that are not). Blueberries, strawberries, bananas, slices of apples (no core), slices of watermelon (no seeds), slices of peaches (no pit), and cantaloupe are all safe choices for your pooch. For now, go with what you are certain is healthy for your pup. Also, beware of onions, garlic, and chives, as they are all toxic for your dog to consume.
  • Hot, hot, hot! In the late spring and summer, the temperature can be almost as hot as your grill! While you and your friends enjoy a cold one, make sure your pup has one too! Ensure to have a bowl of ice water out for your dog to drink during the festivities to keep hydrated and cool.
  • Another fun idea to beat the heat, for both humans and dogs, is to have some sort of water feature available. Sprinklers, kiddie pools, and water fountains are all ways of keeping cool. If you are lucky enough to have a pool, perhaps some training sessions to teach your dog how to swim are in order! If your dog already knows how to swim, invest in some floating fetch toys and put them to good use!

No matter what kind of gathering you are having this summer, make sure to have good food, cold drinks, and a happy, safe pooch!

Stay cool!

Erika Gonzalez

Trainer, Perfect Pooch