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Grilling Safety for Pets

Outdoor barbecues and summertime go hand in hand, but there are some inherent dangers for pets when it comes to grilling.

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Here are some important ways to keep your pet safe this summer:

Keep Pets Away from the Grill

There's nothing quite like the alluring smell of meat cooking the grill, and the temptation is even stronger for your dog or cat. It's always a great idea to keep your pets far from where you're cooking for their safety. Hot coals, grills, and inquisitive pets are a dangerous combination — make sure to stay near your grill to prevent accidents.

Avoid Giving Your Pet Bones

Many of us love a good T-bone steak or chicken on the grill and your furry friends are no exception. But just because we won't eat the bones doesn't mean they won't try. Fractured teeth, airway obstructions, and gastrointestinal complications from splintered bones are all very real dangers to your pet. It’s always a good idea to clear your plates when mealtime is over and dispose of any bones in a tightly sealed, and pet-proofed trash container.

Keep Your Pets Cool in the Summer

With summer comes higher temperatures, and while it's easy for us to throw on a pair of shorts, your dogs don't have the luxury of losing their thick coats. Make sure your pets have access to shady areas or can go inside to cool off. Keeping a spare water bowl outside with ice cubes in it is another great way to help them stay cool and enjoy their time with you outdoors. Heat stroke can be fatal and is easily prevented with a few simple precautions.

Pet Friendly Barbecue Foods

We all know puppy dog eyes can be hard to resist, but sharing human foods with your dog poses some safety risks. There are several foods commonly found at barbecues and picnics that should be avoided by dogs — raw onions, avocados, dairy products, grapes, and certain nuts are just a few food items that can leave your pet feeling lousy and be potentially toxic, as well.

With just a few simple precautions you and your canine companions can enjoy the season and have some fun in the sun together. Stay safe and have a blast this summer from all your friends at BLUE.