The 4th of July means parties, fireworks, and perhaps best of all, barbecues! Many people host or attend barbecues on the 4th of July, and since they’re mostly an outdoor affair, dogs are usually welcome guests as well. If your dog will be joining you for a barbecue this 4th of July, make sure to keep these dangerous foods out of his or her reach.
If bone in meat is served at the barbecue, then there will likely be a lot of leftover bones that get tossed. It will be tempting to feed these to the family dog who will certainly be begging for them. However, all types of cooked bones are actually dangerous. When dogs chew on bones, they can splinter, and these splinters can become lodged in their throat or digestive tract. Also, as a dog successfully whittles a bone down, it can become the perfect size for choking. Make sure to have a covered garbage can on hand so that bones can be safely disposed.
Corn on the Cob
While most dogs probably won’t be begging for your leftover cobs, they might be curious enough to try one. They certainly make a great chew toy, but they can also be dangerous. Corn on the cob has a shape that is just right for causing painful blockages in the intestines. Should this happen to your dog, it will take an expensive intestinal surgery to remove. Be sure to throw all leftover cobs in the trash and out of reach.
Hamburgers and Steaks
Even though hamburgers and steaks don’t have any bones in them, they can still be dangerous to your dog. Meat that is high in fat can trigger severe pancreatitis in predisposed dogs. If your dog gets a hold of someone’s burger, look for symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If not treated right away, pancreatitis can result in organ failure. Remember to ask guests not to feed your dog any of their fatty meats.
You’ll probably have lots of chips and dip at your barbecue, and these can create a mess that a dog won’t mind cleaning up for you. However, if your dip is guacamole, be sure to clean it up before he or she gets a taste. The avocado, garlic, and onions in that dip are all toxic to dogs. They can cause gastrointestinal issues, red blood cell damage, vomiting, and diarrhea. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on those yummy dips.
For the most part, fruits are safe for dogs. Some people will even freeze watermelon and feed it to their dog on hot summer days. However, if you have a fruit salad at your barbecue, there might be grapes in it. Grapes and raisins ae highly toxic to dogs. They can cause kidney failure, so be sure grapes are not on the menu for your dog.
Dessert is an important part of any 4th of July celebration, and that means there could be items like chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, or chocolate chip cookies. These may be a hit for your guests, but chocolate is well known for being toxic to dogs. Chocolate can cause muscle tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmias. Keep an eye on your dog and make sure he or she can’t get a hold of any of those tasty treats.
At the barbecue, you will probably be busy mingling and playing games. While you’re having fun, be sure to keep an eye on your dog. Don’t let him or her climb onto the picnic tables and make sure there aren’t any kids dropping dangerous foods within reach. It might be a good idea to keep your dog on a leash, so you can control everything he or she consumes this 4th of July.