DogTime - How To Keep Your Dog Safe at Barbecues

Posted on 14 May, 2024

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Written by Erica Rivera for DogTime

Grilling season is finally here! While barbecues can be a blast, they can also pose some risks to our furry friends. Before you attend one of these finger-lickin’ good events with your pup, remember to take precautions. To ensure your dog’s safety and provide everyone with a great time, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep your dog safe at barbecues.

Plan for shade and water

When hosting or attending a summer barbecue, make sure your pup has access to shade and plenty of fresh water at all times. Dogs can overheat quickly in the sun, so provide a comfortable area with shade or set up a canopy. Keep a water bowl nearby and refill it regularly to keep your dog hydrated throughout the day.

Keep harmful foods out of reach

Barbecue spreads often feature delicious but potentially harmful foods for dogs. Keep an eye out for foods that are toxic to dogs, such as onions, garlic, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. Keep these items securely stored away from your pup’s reach, and kindly ask guests not to share food with your furry friend.

Set up a safe space

Even the friendliest of dogs can become overwhelmed by the noise and commotion of a barbecue. Create a designated safe space where your dog can retreat to if they need a break from the festivities. This area should be quiet, away from the grill, and equipped with their favourite bed, toys, and water.

Beware of hot grills and fireworks

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Grills and fireworks are staples of summer barbecues, but they can be dangerous for dogs. Keep your pup a safe distance away from the grill to prevent accidents or burns. It’s also a good idea to ensure your dog is indoors or in a secure area during firework displays, as loud noises can cause anxiety and distress.

Grills and fireworks are staples of summer barbecues, but they can be dangerous for dogs. Keep your pup a safe distance away from the grill to prevent accidents or burns. It’s also a good idea to ensure your dog is indoors or in a secure area during firework displays, as loud noises can cause anxiety and distress.

If you’re bringing your dog to a barbecue away from home, always keep them on a sturdy leash or harness. With so many people and distractions, even the most obedient dogs can become overwhelmed or tempted to wander off. Keeping them on a leash can ensure their safety and prevent any unwanted incidents.

Inform guests about your dog

Make sure to communicate with your guests about your dog’s presence and any rules you have in place. Not everyone may be comfortable around dogs or aware of their specific needs. Inform them if your dog is shy, anxious, or not good with children, and kindly ask them to respect your pet’s boundaries.

Watch out for heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious risk during hot summer days, especially for dogs. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or collapse. If you notice these symptoms, move your dog to a cool, shaded area, offer water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Summer barbecues can be a fantastic time for both humans and dogs, but it’s essential to prioritise your furry friend’s safety. By planning ahead, providing shade and water, keeping harmful foods away, and being mindful of potential hazards, you can ensure a fun and safe experience for your canine companion. Let the backyard barbecues and outdoor gatherings begin!

Learn more about summer safety for dogs

Now that you know how to keep your dog safe at barbecues, read up on how to spot and prevent heat stroke in dogs. Also, learn about which dog breeds can’t tolerate heat.

ERICA RIVERA

Erica Rivera's freelance writing has appeared in New York magazine, USA Today, the Star Tribune, City Pages, and many other publications and anthologies. She has interviewed hundreds of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and changemakers over the course of her career. She is also the author of Insatiable (Penguin Group, 2009) and Come Again (Thought Catalog Books, 2015). For more, visit: www.ericarivera.net.

To read the original piece written by Erica Rivera for DogTime, please visit: https://dogtime.com/how-to/pet-safety/110571-how-to-keep-your-dog-safe-at-barbecues

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