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Summer BBQs and Pet Safety

Regan golden retriever dog lounge lounging chair deck sun pet insurance TrupanionSummer’s here and that means more time spent outdoors and barbecues! This also means that our pets will be spending time outdoors with us, and there are a few safety precautions we need to consider when bringing pets along to summer BBQs.

Dallas News recently posted an article with some awesome tips that I include along with some other important facts.

Keep Fido away from the picnic table. Human foods such as chips, candy, and other snacks can upset your pup’s stomach. Other foods like chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, and avocado can be toxic to dogs and cause serious health affects if they eat too much.

No meat. Greasy grilled steak can also cause stomach upset. Dogs should never be fed cooked chicken bones as they can break apart and splinter your dog’s insides.

Hot grills. Keep your dog away from the grill while it’s being used. Dogs like to linger because of the enticing smells, but they can easily get burned or injured, even after the grill has been turned off.

Keep him leashed and tagged. If you’re going to a place that is unfamiliar to your dog, be sure that he is microchipped and/or wearing his ID tags should he become lost.

Be safe in the sun. If you’re outside during a bright, sunny day, be sure to equip Fido with some sunscreen on his nose, ears, and other parts where the fur is thin.

See more sunny day pet tips to be fully prepared!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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