How To Keep Your Dog Safe at Barbecues
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Grilling season is finally here! While barbecues can be a blast, they can also pose some risks to our furry friends. Before you attend one of these finger-lickin’ good events with your pup, remember to take precautions. To ensure your dog’s safety and provide everyone with a great time, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep your dog safe at barbecues.
How to keep your dog safe at barbecues
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Plan for shade and water
When hosting or attending a summer barbecue, make sure your pup has access to shade and plenty of fresh water at all times. Dogs can overheat quickly in the sun, so provide a comfortable area with shade or set up a canopy. Keep a water bowl nearby and refill it regularly to keep your dog hydrated throughout the day.
Keep harmful foods out of reach
Barbecue spreads often feature delicious but potentially harmful foods for dogs. Keep an eye out for foods that are toxic to dogs, such as onions, garlic, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. Keep these items securely stored away from your pup’s reach, and kindly ask guests not to share food with your furry friend.
Set up a safe space
Even the friendliest of dogs can become overwhelmed by the noise and commotion of a barbecue. Create a designated safe space where your dog can retreat to if they need a break from the festivities. This area should be quiet, away from the grill, and equipped with their favorite bed, toys, and water.
Beware of hot grills and fireworks
Grills and fireworks are staples of summer barbecues, but they can be dangerous for dogs. Keep your pup a safe distance away from the grill to prevent accidents or burns. It’s also a good idea to ensure your dog is indoors or in a secure area during firework displays, as loud noises can cause anxiety and distress.
Use a sturdy leash or harness
If you’re bringing your dog to a barbecue away from home, always keep them on a sturdy leash or harness. With so many people and distractions, even the most obedient dogs can become overwhelmed or tempted to wander off. Keeping them on a leash can ensure their safety and prevent any unwanted incidents.
Inform guests about your dog
Make sure to communicate with your guests about your dog’s presence and any rules you have in place. Not everyone may be comfortable around dogs or aware of their specific needs. Inform them if your dog is shy, anxious, or not good with children, and kindly ask them to respect your pet’s boundaries.
Watch out for heatstroke
Heatstroke is a serious risk during hot summer days, especially for dogs. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or collapse. If you notice these symptoms, move your dog to a cool, shaded area, offer water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.
Summer barbecues can be a fantastic time for both humans and dogs, but it’s essential to prioritize your furry friend’s safety. By planning ahead, providing shade and water, keeping harmful foods away, and being mindful of potential hazards, you can ensure a fun and safe experience for your canine companion. Let the backyard barbecues and outdoor gatherings begin!
Learn more about summer safety for dogs
Now that you know how to keep your dog safe at barbecues, read up on how to spot and prevent heat stroke in dogs. Also, learn about which dog breeds can’t tolerate heat.
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