You are familiar with all the barbecue safety tips that warn against having children play around the open fire. Yet what about grill safety tips for pet parents? Do not host your Memorial Day barbecue without knowing the ins and outs of keeping dogs and other pets safe!
BBQ Setup: 10 Feet Away From Puppy Playpens and 3 Feet Away From Dogs
If you set up a playpen area for your puppies or have a spot in your yard where the dogs are likely to play fetch, East Pierce Fire & Rescue experts urge you to set up a 10-foot buffer. Referring to structures as well as trees and shrubs, remember that any dog fencing qualifies!
West Virginia’s Fire Marshal further instructs you to keep a 3-foot pet-free zone around the grill. Consider setting up a barrier surrounding the grill and tell your pet-owning friends to keep their dogs out of that zone. This prevents burned tails and snouts.
Trash Collection: Focus on Corn Cobs and Peach Pits
Having a barbecue usually means enjoying grilled corn cobs and peach halves. Guests slather the corn with butter and season it with salt and pepper. They then discard the cobs. Your dog will love to get his or her paws on the tasty morsels. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns that peach pits and corn cobs are at the top of the list of surgically removed intestinal obstructions. Since the intestines cannot sufficiently enlarge to naturally pass these items, life-saving surgery is unavoidable.
Throw Away the Bones: Raw or Cooked Bones Are Not Suitable Treats for Pets
When the Memorial Day barbecue includes steaks, ribs and other meats, there are bound to be plenty of bones left over. Resist the urge to give your dog or cat a bone as a treat. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health counters the notion that your pets would eat bones in the wild with the fact that your pets are actually domesticated. As such, they are in danger of choking on bones or bone fragments. Another danger is the injury that a bone splinter could cause to the animal’s digestive tract.
Plan on Playtime: Exercise the Dogs
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan knows that the only way to release built up canine energy is with a “really vigorous dog walk.” Do not get so busy with having a barbecue and exercising grill safety precautions that you forget to take your dog for a walk well in advance of the party. When the dog has had its exercise, it is much more likely to be relaxed and well behaved when guests and their dogs arrive. Urge your dog-loving friends to do the same with their canines before bringing them over.
Now that you know how to include your dog in the Memorial Day festivities, plan to have a good time!