The weather is nice out, so you decide to break out your grilling apron and tongs. While seasoning a slab of ribs, you look beside you to see your pooch’s mouth dripping with drool. Your dog sits next to you and patiently waits for a dropped morsel of fall-off-the-bone ribs. While it may be tempting to feed a barbecue treat to your pet, these foods can be dangerous for them to consume. If you want your pet to enjoy your barbecue as much as you do, we’ve got you covered! The team here at A.C.E. Veterinary Hospital have compiled a list of pet-safe alternatives to typical barbecue goodies:
- Fresh vegetables — Plain, raw veggies are an excellent snack for pets, and many cats and dogs will give such healthy food options a shot. While dogs are less discerning in their vegetable choice, cats—as true carnivores—are a bit trickier to entice into eating fresh veggies. You can toss some vegetables, such as summer squash or sweet potatoes, on the grill, to give them a delicious smoky flavor, but ensure you avoid seasonings, and oil or butter. Remember that garlic and onion are toxic to pets, so keep these foods away from your furry pal, but most other veggies are safe.
- Plain grilled chicken breast — During your cookout, your pet is likely eyeing the meat, rather than veggies or side dishes. However, many meats cooked on the grill contain bones, or are slathered in barbecue sauce or other seasoning. If you’d like to spoil your pet, cook a small piece of boneless, skinless meat devoid of any seasonings or sauces. Tiny bites of a plain grilled chicken breast will make your pet feel like they’re getting a special treat.
- Frozen treats — If you’re grilling out, it’s likely hot outside, so help your furry friend cool off with a special frozen treat. A rubber Kong stuffed with a tasty concoction of canned food, kibble, fresh veggies, yogurt, peanut butter, or your pet’s other favorites, and tossed in the freezer for a few hours, is an easy-to-make cool treat.
By sticking to pet-friendly barbecue foods, you can ensure your best friend enjoys your cookout as much as you do, without an emergency veterinary visit. However, we’re here to care for your pet if they manage to run off with a slab of ribs. Please contact us for help.