Summer can be an uncomfortable year for dogs, and although every measure should be taken to help them, some should be completely avoided. Ice cream is the ideal treat when the weather becomes warmer, but owners should never give their dogs ice cream to cool them down. In fact, many people will host a BBQ and there are precautions that need to help keep dogs safe.
There are food items that you may enjoy as part of a BBQ, which you may be tempted to also give your dog as a treat. However, there are certain foods that dogs should not consume.
Dogs can’t process lactose properly, meaning that they shouldn’t consume dairy products at all. If they were to eat ice cream or any form of dairy, dogs can develop serous diarrhoea. Some dogs could even have an allergic reaction that makes their skin itch.
All forms of chocolate are toxic for dogs. They contain theobromine which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and excessive thirst, tremors, seizures and death.
Avocados contain persin which is toxic to dogs.
Although many people wouldn’t even think to give their dogs alcohol, it is still important to know how dangerous it is. Even a small amount of alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, central nervous system depression, coordination problems, breathing difficulties, coma and even death.
Onions and Garlic
Any form of onion or garlic can destroy a dog’s red blood cells and cause anaemia.
Any type of caffeine
Giving your dog caffeine can be fatal and there is no treatment for it.
Grapes and Raisins
Even a small number of grapes or raisins can cause serious kidney failure in dogs.
As few as six macadamia nuts can be enough to poison your dog and it can be fatal.
Although not a food and it may seem like an obvious point, but all BBQ utensils need to be kept out of reach of dogs as items like skewers can be very damaging to a dog’s digestive system if swallowed.