It’s officially Summer time, y’all! For a lot of us, that means cooking a ton of our meals outside on the grill. If you’ve got a dog at home, then of course they’ll be right behind you smelling and wanting all of that delicious food that you’re cooking.
Recently a well-known Veterinarian weighed in on why it’s important not to share certain BBQ foods with our dogs, but especially sausages.
Why shouldn’t we feed our dog sausage from the grill?
Veterinarian Dr. Joanna Woodnutt has come up with a list, along with some of her other trusted experts and colleagues, of some of the dangers that Summertime poses to our dogs. Here are their top 5 things to look out for this Summer the most:
- Hot Coals – Our pets may not immediately understand that these hot coals are actually hot upon looking at them or even smelling them. Especially when talking about lower-raised fire pits and things like that, make sure that everything is covered and out of your pup’s reach.
- Skewer Sticks – If a dog swallows any sort of skewer stick, it can, for very obvious reasons, damage their insides on the way down.
- Bones – Especially when we’re talking about cooked bones here, those can much more easily splinter and break apart making it super dangerous if your dog were to swallow just about any and all parts of it. No matter how mad they want that chicken bone, refrain from giving it to them and offer them something else instead in return (don’t worry, they’ll still love you).
- Corn on the Cob – Yes, sweetcorn is safe for our pups to eat, however that middle part is not. Due to it’s size and shape, it can get lodged in your dog’s intestines and if left untreated can even be fatal. If your dog loves corn, just cut it way off of the cob for them!
- Onions and Garlic – Both of these delicious ingredients come from a plant called Allium. In dogs, this is super toxic and here are some symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, and low appetite. When it comes to sausages and burgers (super common grill foods), they often have traces or small amounts of onion and/or garlic in them.
Of course, there are plenty of other foods that our pups shouldn’t eat, such as “chocolate, alcohol, and even grapes”; however, it’s also super important to be looking out for some of the hidden ingredients, like spices, herbs, and other humanly delicious flavorings that might be harmful to them, no matter how delicious they are to us!
That’s a wrap on what foods, including sausages, to keep away from your dog this Summer while you’re grilling! What’s your personal favorite ‘Summer’ food? What about your dogs? Let’s chat about all of that and oh so much more down below! And as always…….Woof, Woof!!