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Summer is officially underway — and for many of us, that means barbecues, cookouts, beach bonfires, and other outdoor affairs. But what's a lot of fun for humans can present dangers to our pets, so before your next big backyard bash, add these pet-safety pointers to your pre-party checklist — it just might save you a trip to the vet. (Or to the grocery store to replace the platter of hot dogs Gracie just wolfed down.)
The summer-party staples your pets should avoid:
The picnic/barbecue spread. Human food isn't indicated for pets the rest of the year either, but it's especially important to keep little snouts out of the potato salad at this time of year. Dr. Louis Murray, interim director of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in NYC, explained to Petside's Talia Argondezzi that "Pets are very sensitive to changes in their diets" — and the upset stomach caused by a "middle-aged" potato salad in a heat wave will hit small pets even harder.
Murray added that pancreatitis, a serious and sometimes fatal inflammation of the pancreas, can proceed from eating "greasy, spicy, fatty foods" — all mainstays of barbecues.
And while you might follow the rules and not give your pets cookout food, your guests might not know better. Plus, parties can get chaotic, and many pets will take advantage of a busy backyard to perform a little quality control on the deviled eggs.
So, while it might sound cold-hearted, your pet (and you) may have a better time if she's in a cool basement or air-conditioned room with a bowl of water, a little of her own kibble, and the door closed.
Keep reading for more tips.