Summer is in full swing which means long days, eating al fresco, BBQs and pool time. But BBQs can be dangerous for dogs who may be sneaky around party guests and waiting to lap up hot grease as it falls from the grill.
1. Grapes (Frozen or Not)
Grapes (and raisins for that matter) may be tempting to give to your dog on those hot days to cool him off but grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs (aka “acute renal failure“).
2. Leftover Rib Bones
Dogs love meat and nothing would make them happier than to devour those ribs you just pulled off of the grill. Think twice before you give in to those puppy dog eyes, as your pup crunches away on those bones they will break apart and splinter which could cause your dog to choke. Skip the good stuff and give him some of the meat and a Nylabone instead.
My friend Ruth (pictured) is notorious for sneaking sips out of cups that have been left on the ground. Those Red Solo Cups may be great for poolside partying but make sure your pups don’t drink any of your Summer sangria. For your sake and theirs (who wants to share their sangria?).
Guacamole is one of my favorite summer staples in my diet but avocado contains Persin which can cause some bad side effects for your dog. Rebound Hounds debate how dangerous this fruit actually is for dogs because avocado is often found in dog food. Probably best to avoid it just in case.
5. Ice Cream (Milk)
Unless you want to be cleaning dog diarrhea out of your carpet or smelling gas the rest of the evening, don’t feed your dog ice cream this summer. Some places offer pup popsicles and most grocery stores carry Nestlé’s Frosty Paws ice cream for dogs if you want to give your dog a cold treat.
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