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Hi, this is Serena from The dog days of summer are here and that means one thing–Barbeques! But how do you keep your dog safe around food temptations and dangerous situations with a hot grill? Here are some quick tips for hosting a dog-friendly BBQ.

While preparing for your BBQ keep these common cookout foods in mind, as they can be toxic to dogs:
And chocolate

Your dog can join in on the fun by sharing the following:
Hot dogs – which you can cut up into bite sized pieces.
Small bites of hamburger, grilled meat or fish, grilled veggies like zucchini and sweet potato, dog safe fruits like blueberries or watermelon.

Be careful, it’s easy for dogs to overdo it at a BBQ, just like people. Treats should be given in moderation and only in addition to regular meals.

Keeping your dog safe and happy at cookouts isn’t just about watching what they eat. Remember to also:

-Ask guests not to give your dog food scraps.
-Supervise playtime between kids and dogs.
-Give your dog breaks if they seem overwhelmed.
-And keep your trash secure, so it doesn’t tempt curious noses.

Although dogs love bones, cooked bones, including chicken bones can be hazardous to dogs– they can splinter easily and cause serious damage to their insides.

To keep the grill area safe for your dog:
Keep the lid closed to prevent hungry dogs from putting their paws on a hot grill
-Keep lighter fluid, charcoal, and matches out of reach.
-Move small camping grills and stoves to a table so dogs can’t injure themselves by running into them.
-Secure your dog with a leash, or ask friends to play with them while you grill.

By following these tips you can be sure that your dog has as much fun as you do at your next BBQ! Thanks for watching — See you next time.

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