Many of us can’t wait to fire up the barbecue when the weather heats up, but as we plan delicious cookouts and celebrate with family and friends, it’s easy to forget the dangers these sizzling summer gatherings can pose to our furry family members. .
PDSA Veterinary Nurse Nina Downing said: “There are many potential dangers for pet owners to consider when hosting a summer barbecue: heat stroke, burns, poisonous foods and choking hazards, to name just a few. Fortunately, there are a few key steps we can take to ensure our precious pets stay safe and avoid mishaps throughout the day.
dangers of heat stroke
Pets can quickly overheat in hot weather, so it’s important to keep your furry friends cool while they enjoy time outside. Heat stroke is a serious condition that without prompt treatment can progress rapidly, with sometimes fatal consequences.
Signs of heat stroke can range from excessive panting, confusion, bright red gums, foaming at the mouth, collapse, or even seizures. It’s important to make sure your pet can easily get indoors or find some shade when they need to cool off. If your pet is a sun worshipper, you may need to confine them indoors to prevent overheating.
If you plan to have a barbecue on a particularly hot day, consider scheduling an evening in the evening, when the temperature should be cooler. You can also provide a pet wading pool so your furry friend can jump in and take a refreshing dip. It is important that they also have access to fresh, clean water at all times, so they can stay hydrated.
jump in the leftovers
Although it may be tempting to share tasty barbecue treats with your furry friend, undercooked and greasy foods can upset your stomach and cause illness or diarrhea. Bones can also be a choking hazard for dogs and risk causing dangerous blockages inside them, so instead offer a healthy chew or toy to play with to keep him busy while he eats.
Create a safe space
Having a house full of strangers can be unsettling for our pets, so make sure they can retreat to a comfortable, safe space to relax in peace. Set up a quiet area in a room or corner of the garden, making sure they have access to food, water, and a couple of their favorite toys.
Get rid of any danger
One thing to keep in mind at a barbecue is that pets are eating something they shouldn’t—eating things like kebab skewers or corn cob hearts can cause serious and life-threatening injuries. Make sure to throw leftovers and trash in a container that your furry friend can’t raid – food smells are incredibly tempting to pets, so make sure it’s paw-proof!
Always keep pets a safe distance from a barbecue. Hot foods, oils, embers, and ashes can cause serious burns if they come in contact with your skin, so make sure the grill cools down immediately once you’re done cooking, be careful not to leave friends alone four-legged while they are still warm. elements of the area.
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