The Fourth of July is one of my favourite holidays, one it’s just days after my birthday and two it normally means BBQs and parties – a win win if you ask me. While BBQs and beer are fun for us, they can make our dogs very sick and the last place you want to be is an animal hospital so I’m sharing a few things to watch out for a good pet friendly alternatives.
STAY AWAY FROM…
Alcohol – while Kendall has been known to sneak a sip or too excessive alcohol can cause cardiovascular damage to your dog, so don’t leave any red cups on the ground with your pup wandering around
Chocolate & Coffee – I don’t know why you’d be giving your dog coffee but just a heads up don’t. Chocolate is a well known no-no but did you know baking chocolate used in cupcakes and cake etc is the worst type of chocolate? It can cause vomiting & diarrhoea, extreme thirst and panting even hyperactivity and seizures in large doses
Corn on the Cob – one of my favourite BBQ staples but keep away from your dog because while the corn itself isn’t harmful the cob can be lodged in your dog’s intestines and require surgery.
Coconut Oil – while it can be okay in small doses (relative to the size of the dog); large amounts can cause diarrhoea and upset stomachs
Peaches & Plums – fruits with pits are dangerous because the pits can easily become stuck in your dog’s intestines
Grapes & Raisins – another well known no but did you know that they can cause kidney failure in dogs?
Onions – might be great on your burger but can cause anemia and damage red blood cells in your pets, whether it be cooked or raw stay away
Nuts – macadamia, almonds, pecans, walnuts – all can cause vomiting and diarrhoea and in large doses even pancreatitis
A GOOD SUBSTITUTE…
Apples (remove ALL seeds as they release small amounts of cyanide when ingested and mix with chemicals in a dogs stomach)
Watermelon (again remove all seeds)’
With those above make sure they are raw and given in small amounts as low calorie treats or substitutes to normal dog treats and rewards as a special treat.