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Taking Fido to a Barbeque

Summer is here! Many of us are looking forward to traditional summer activities, such as swimming, camping, and, of course, barbeques. If you are headed to a cookout, your canine buddy would no doubt be delighted to accompany you. Just be sure to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Read on as an Orangevale, CA vet discusses taking Fido to a barbeque.

Training

Before taking Fido to a grill-out, make sure your canine friend knows basic doggy commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Your furry pal will be much more likely to score himself lots of belly rubs and ear scritches if he shows proper petiquette!

Food

Many foods often found at grill-outs are not safe for Fido. Never give your dog meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; pitted fruits; avocado; products that contain xylitol; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; alcohol; or garlic, onions, or chives. To get that cute tail wagging, offer your canine pal some plain, cooked, boneless meat, chicken, or fish.

Hazards

Barbeques can be quite dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Fido could run out an open gate, get stepped on, or eat something dangerous. Chemicals, such as citronella candles, sunscreen, bug spray, and lighter fluid are also hazardous to dogs. The trash is another problem, as it can contain things like can lids, plastic wrap, tinfoil, skewers, or bones. Pick up as soon as everyone finishes eating, and use a trashcan with a secure lid.

Veterinary Care

Make sure Fido is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products. We also recommend all dogs be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and wearing ID tags.

Socialization

Dogs are wonderful friends and companions, but they don’t always get along with each other. If your furry buddy is aggressive towards other pooches, or you know that there will be aggressive dogs at the barbeque, play it safe and leave Fido at home.

Heat

Make sure Fido has plenty of fresh, cool water, and keep an eye out for signs that he is overheating. If you know or suspect that your canine pal is too hot, immediately give him some water and get him out of the sun. If symptoms persist, contact your vet.

Please reach out to us, your local Orangevale, CA animal clinic, for all of your pet care needs. We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care!

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