The mercury is rising all throughout the country, and that means that Americans are going to be firing up their grills and enjoying what the new season has to offer. However, while barbecues and outdoor gatherings are wonderful events during this time of year, they can cause a number of problems from a dog wellness perspective. In particular, some of the ingredients that will go into your grilled fare and other parts of your table spread could prove to be dangerous for your canine, so it’s vital that you prevent your dog from ingesting them. Keep your eyes peeled for the following foods when you’re enjoying your first barbecue of the summer with your furry friend.
1. Onions. While these two ingredients are fixtures in marinades, toppings and side dishes, they should never be ingested by your pooch, according to U.S. News and World Report. Whether raw or cooked, even a small amount of onions can cause your dog to have a series of digestive problems. They are also known to break down red blood cells, so it’s best to keep these away from your pooch altogether.
2. Avocados. Whether you’re using them as a salad or burger topping, these tasty summer delights may seem like a healthy snack for your dog, but he won’t like the after effects. According to the Cheshire Patch (link to article), avocados contain an ingredient called Persin, which reacts negatively with a canine’s digestive system and can lead to a wide range of digestive symptoms. Both the skin and the meat of the avocado can lead to these side effects so make sure they’re eaten quickly and all rinds are hidden in the trash away from your curious pooch.
3. Grapes. As raisins or in a fresh state, grapes are known to cause significant problems for canines and should be left out of your barbecue altogether. A certain ingredient in grapes causes vomiting, lethargy and even kidney failure in some cases, even after just four or five of these tasty treats.
Ultimately, the easiest way to keep your dog safe during outdoor gatherings is to prep your guests beforehand about table scraps and keep a close eye on your furry friend. He can still have his fair share of barbecued treats; just make sure that your guests run it by you first!
There are many foods that should always be avoided in your dog’s diet. See our more detailed snack black list on our website.