The Labor Day holiday is almost upon us, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking forward to a day of relaxing with friends and family and maybe enjoying a barbeque or picnic while the weather is still nice. It’s only natural to want to include your pets in the holiday fun. But before you fire up the grill, make sure your four-legged friends have a safe and fun holiday, too. Some summertime barbeque safety tips to consider if you have pets:
Monitor the grill at all times. The aroma from a mouth-watering steak, hot dog or hamburger cooking on the grill can be nearly irresistible for pets. If your dog or cat jumps onto the grill, it could result in a serious burn.
Don’t give your pet cooked bones. Besides being a choking hazard, if your pet chews cooked bones it can result in broken teeth, mouth injuries, or intestinal blockage or perforation from the sharp bone splinters.
Dispose of trash properly. Barbeque debris can result in serious gastrointestinal problems if swallowed by your pet. Be careful of items such as corn cobs, peach pits, the plastic or foil used to wrap meat, shish kabob skewers and other food debris which smells tasty to pets but can cause an intestinal blockage or perforation if ingested.
Be careful of the heat. In most areas, it’s still plenty warm outside so make sure your dog doesn’t suffer from the heat. While you’re frolicking outside, provide a shady place for your dog to rest as well as a bowl full of cool water. If your dog appears excessively hot or tired, give him a break inside to rest and cool off.
Avoid stomach upset. Too much fatty food can result in stomach upset or even pancreatitis in your pet. Let your dog snack on healthy treats such as fresh fruits and veggies (but avoid grapes, garlic and onions!) and limit the hot dogs, hamburgers and other fatty meats.
Watch for other dangerous items. Keep items such as alcohol, insect repellent, charcoal, and lighter fluid safely out of your dog or cat’s reach.
So have a great time with friends, family and your pets this Labor Day holiday. Just take a few moments to make sure your furry friends stay safe while enjoying the festivities, too.