One thing we can definitely say about the Lone Star State is that we do take barbecues very seriously. Many of our canine patients are also onboard with this. After all, Fido loves accompanying his humans to different places. Plus, who doesn’t love a good grilled brat or burger, or some pulled pork? Just keep an eye on your pup. Grill-outs can be dangerous for dogs! A local Meyerland, TX vet offers some advice on keeping your four-legged buddy safe in this article.
Fido often turns up front and center when there’s food involved. Your canine pal will probably use his most effective doggy theatrics to score some yummy treats. If you make your pup a plate, take care not to offer him anything hot or spicy. Some other unsafe foods would include garlic, onions, scallions and chives; grapes, currants and raisins; avocados; nuts; mushrooms; and anything with a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Alcohol is also unsafe, as are dairy products, meat on the bone, raw dough, and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for specific advice.
The garbage can be another hazard. Fido is not above going through the garbage in the hopes of scoring a discarded burger or hot dog. The trash can contain all sorts of hazards, such as bones, tin foil, fat trimmings, can lids, toothpicks, and skewers. Use a garbage can with a secure top!
We share our beautiful state with a plethora of wild animals. Some are beautiful and friendly. Others? Not so much. Don’t let your canine buddy nose around in areas that could be housing snakes or other dangerous critters. Also, keep up with Fido’s vaccines and parasite control products.
You’ll also need to be careful with chemicals. Things like lighter fluid, bug spray, and tiki oil are definitely not pet-safe. Keep Fido away from these things!
High summer may be a ways off, but it’s already getting pretty hot. Make sure Fido always has access to shade and cool, clean water. You’ll also need to keep an eye on your pooch, and watch for signs that he may be overheating. If he seems like he’s starting to get hot, immediately give him some water and take him to a cooler area.
Do you have questions about your furry friend’s health or care? Contact us, your Meyerland, TX animal clinic!