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Barbeque Hazards for Dogs

May 1, 2017

Summer is just around the corner! Many people will soon be firing up their grills. Our four-legged buddies tend to pay very close attention to barbeques. Fido loves grilled food just as much as we do! Just be sure to keep your pet’s safety first and foremost. In this article, a Leesburg, VA vet discusses barbeque hazards for dogs.


It isn’t uncommon for Fido to try to score himself some yummy snacks by going through the garbage. This can be very dangerous, as the trash can contain things like skewers, tin foil, plastic wrappers, can lids, and other hazardous items. As soon as everyone finishes eating, put leftovers away and dispose of uneaten food. Keep trash in a secure container.


Consider keeping your dog contained as people are coming and going. You don’t want Fido slipping out an open door! Use a baby gate to separate your furry friend, so he can still see and hear people, and won’t feel so lonely. Also, make sure your canine companion is microchipped, and wearing proper ID tags.

Hot Grills

Don’t let Fido get too close to the grill! Dogs can easily get singed, or snap up a sizzling-hot sausage that falls to the ground. Consider keeping your pup leashed until the food is done.


Citronella candles, lighter fluid, and sunscreen are all toxic to pets. Keep these things away from your dog!


As the weather warms up, fleas and ticks will come out in droves. And, as mosquitoes emerge, the risks of heartworm also rise substantially. Make sure that Fido stays current on his parasite control and vaccinations.


Make sure to keep your dog’s water bowl full. Fido may get very excited visiting and playing with company, and could easily overheat!

Fido’s Plate

Many of the foods you will find at barbeques are toxic to dogs. If you want to make a plate for your canine pal, be sure to only offer him safe, suitable foods, such as plain burgers, brats, or hot dogs. Never give Fido grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; avocadoes and/or guacamole; alcohol; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits; nuts; meat on the bone; raw yeast, meat, or dough; or products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Leesburg, VA animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about dog care. We’re here to help!