How to Observe Grill Safety When Your Dog is Around?

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Firing up the grill in the backyard is quite possible the most enjoyable and delicious summertime activities. While grilling up the veggies and meat is a wonderful treat for all friends and family members, it can be dangerous if you have a dog around. That does not mean that you have to skip out on the barbeque season if you are a pet parent. Just take the proper precautions to make sure that you and your guests have the safest possible experience this summer.

What are the risks?

As far as grilling around pets is concerned, there are multiple risks including skin irritations, burns, choking, eye trauma, ingesting sharp bones, harmful foods and dangerous objects like grilling implements.

How can you ensure pet safety?

You need to make sure that the grill is at least three feet away from your dog. The same goes for the charcoal fluid, which can be poisonous if ingested. Never leave the grill unattended, as curious dogs tend to work their way to the area and accidentally burn themselves or others.If, inadvertently, your dog does manage to find his way to the grill, you want to be prepared to protect him against possible injuries. Grease and fat buildups must be trapped under the grill, and removed regularly. If your dog ingests the grill drippings, it can cause serious gastrointestinal problems and even pancreatitis, which can be quite deadly in dogs.It is also absolutely essential to keep the grilling items and tools away from your pet, as it can cause serious harm. If metal or wood skewers are ingested accidentally, it could end up puncturing the gastrointestinal tract of your dog, necessitating surgical intervention to fix it.Other grilling items that need to be kept away from your dog include plastic wraps and aluminum foils, which can cause serious intestinal blockage if ingested. Aluminum foils are especially dangerous as they do not show up on X-Rays.

What if your pet ingests something harmful?

The most harmful pet foods include raw bones, meats, onions and a whole corn cob. If your pet chokes on food, try the Heimlich maneuver (but make sure that the person who does it is properly trained in it) and rush your pet to the vetโ€™s office afterwards.Non-grill items that can be harmful to pets include grapes, avocado, chives, chocolate, raw eggs, garlic, and alcohol. So make sure that you keep these food items away from your dog at all times. When you discard them, make sure that you place them in an air-tight container so that your dog cannot get to it. If your dog gets burned by the grill, rinse the area with cold water and cover it with a light bandage to keep him from licking himself and take him to the emergency vet.

7 Ways to Puppy-Proof Your Summer BBQ

Summer parties are a blast, and what better way to introduce your dog to your clan and friends than hosting a BBQ? To make sure everyone stays safe and has fun, here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Create a Puppy-Only Lounge

Dogs need a lot of sleep, and itโ€™s exhausting to get passed around all day long. Make sure thereโ€™s a VIP spot your pup can retreat to when he needs a time out; create your set-up so that your dog may be gated away from the festivities when he needs to rest.

RELATED STORY: Create a Special Space for Your Dog

2. Keep a Dogโ€™s Eye View When Setting Up

Imagine what this party is going to look like from your dogโ€™s point of view, and set up accordingly. Don't place hors d'oeuvres on end tables, coffee tables, or anywhere else thatโ€™s within reach of the dog. Resist the urge to use candles, especially on low tables where a tail-wag could knock a candle over, or on a table with a tablecloth in case the dog ever decided to climb or pull on it.

3. โ€œDonโ€™t Feed the Dog!โ€

Spread the word far and wide: Do Not Feed the Dog. There are too many people foods that are poisonous for dogs, and besides, many pet parents donโ€™t want their dog to learn obnoxious begging behavior by being fed people food at every turn. Itโ€™s a great idea to place a sign on the food table telling guests not to feed your pet so that you donโ€™t have to nag.RELATED STORY: The Most Poisonous Foods for Dogs

4. Puppy-Gate the Grill

Avoid painful burns by keeping your dog away from the grill. All that sizzling food smells delicious, but spare your dog from splatters by making sure he canโ€™t get near a hot grill, bon fire, or other cooking surfaces.

5. Lifeguard Your Pup

Itโ€™s a common mistake to think that all dogs are strong swimmers. Drowning accidents are quite common amongst pets, so be sure to supervise the pup around the pool.

RELATED STORY: 5 Tips for Dog Safety Around the Home

6. Watch the Dog Around Kids

Dogs and kids just seem to go together, except when they donโ€™t. Some kids can get a little too rough around pets. Likewise, many dogs might bite when provoked by behavior that's perceived as aggressive or unpredictable. Make sure an adult keeps an eagle eye on the situation anytime kids and pets mix.

7. Bus the Tables

Parties are really fun for dogs, especially when food scraps are left unattended! Make sure you have a crystal clear system for bussing the tables and making sure leftover food isnโ€™t left where the dog can nab it. Clear scraps immediately, and also don't let trash overflow.How do you plan on enjoying the warmer weather with your pet? Leave a comment and let us know, and consider signing up for PetPlus to save on your pet's medications, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more.

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