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Barbecue Safety for Pets

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Outdoor barbecues and summertime go hand in hand, but many of us may not realize some of the inherent dangers for pets when it comes to grilling. The following points are important to consider when it comes to keeping your pet safe this summer:

Tasty Temptation

There's nothing quite like the alluring smell of meat cooking on the grill, and that goes double for your dog or cat.  It's always a great idea to keep your pets out of the area you're cooking in for their safety. Hot coals, hot grills and inquisitive pets are a dangerous combination and it's always best to have your grill attended at all times to prevent any accidents.

No Bones About It

Many of us love a good T-bone steak or chicken on the grill and your furry friends are no exception.  However, 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.  So it's always a good idea to clear your plates when meal time is over and dispose of any bones in a tightly sealed, and pet-proofed trash receptacle.

Made in the Shade

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 are able to go inside to cool off.  Having a spare water bowl outside with some 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.

Food for Thought

We all know the puppy dog eyes can be a lot 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 not only leave your pet feeling lousy, but can be potentially toxic as well.

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