As the holiday weekend approaches, take a moment or two to review your plans. If they include a picnic that is pup friendly, consider doing some prep to keep your pup feeling her best. You see, dogs will eat just about anything. Most of them don’t connect the fact that eating several lumps of grass might cause them to throw up later or maybe that dropped grape or peach pit, which might be delicious, could be dangerous. We think taking some steps prior to attending a celebration with your pup will keep everyone feeling their best after the party.
In this blog, we’re going to discuss foods that most holiday barbeques include that could be potentially dangerous to your pup and then we’ll offer some suggestions to get other party goers to not give into temptation to share their meal.
Most holiday picnics include some traditional staples – barbeque chicken, salads, fruits, and desserts. Here’s a quick list of why these foods could be harmful to your dog at a picnic:
Barbeque chicken – If your host is serving bone-in chicken of any kind, the bones, once cooked, are too soft for your pup. They can be easily broken off in your pup’s mouth and small chards can travel into your pup’s digestive system causing puncture, blockages, and perhaps worse. Please steer clear.
2. Salads – Some pups might not react well to dressing that is included in many salads. Foods like mayonnaise, sour cream, or cream cheese might be ok in small amounts, but if you’re pup is not used to eating “people” food, these ingredients could cause digestive issues all the way through your pup (if you get my drift).
Fruits – Many fruits are great for dogs, but grapes are toxic and must be avoided. This includes raisins as well. Also, the pits, if ingested from many popular fruits like peaches, cherries, or plums can cause blockages, especially for smaller dogs. A large dog might be able to pass a pit, but I wouldn’t risk it.
4. Desserts – Chocolate is another ingredient that can be toxic to dogs and should be avoided. I know chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorites at a picnic and I get the evil eye from my pups when I don’t share. Well, they’ll have to get over it because I want them around for a long time! Other desserts like Jello or non-chocolate cake or cookies won’t harm your dog, but might cause an upset stomach.
Here’s what we recommend you do as we head into the holiday weekend – Bring your own treats to the picnic! You can make them or buy them – either way, you are bringing a surprise for your pup that can be shared with other folks and Fidos at the party. I would let everyone know that you have treats and if they are compelled to feed your dog, please use the treats. This tactic is especially great with kids. I used to do this at all of our parties with my nieces and nephews. They thought it was so fun to feed our dogs and giving them “special treats” made it even more fun.
If you’d like to make some fun, summer starting snacks for your pup, check out our free recipe page here. Here’s a tip – if there’s an ingredient you don’t want to use, swap it out with something your dog really likes. For example, our Thank You Zinis or Blarney Bites recipes can be modified to use the protein your dog is especially fond of or perhaps add in a sweet potato instead of broccoli. Tweak these recipes to match the flavors your dog loves the most. We’d love to see the photos of your finished recipes! Tag us on social media using #yourpetchef.
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