BestBullySticks wishes everybody — and their dogs! — a safe and happy 4th of July! Independence Day is usually packed with great outdoor activities like barbeques and fireworks. For many, cooking out is the cornerstone of any summer holiday. Summer holidays are also a great to way to celebrate with your dog.
Hosting a party with pets does come with a few extra responsibilities, though. But don’t sweat it! BestBullySticks has put together a quick and easy guide to help you pet proof your party!
One Man’s Trash is Another Dog’s Treasure
With so much food and so many people, it can be hard to completely dog-proof your cookout. People are bound to toss dogs food during most any party. Politely ask your guests to refrain. Many folks simply don’t know there are foods dogs shouldn’t eat.
Everything from plastic wrap to food scraps are hazardous to your dog. While most dogs don’t particularly enjoy eating plastic wrap or tin foil — when these items are covered with residue from food it’s a different story altogether.
Plastic wrap and tin foil can cause nasty digestive issues and inedible food scraps also pose serious choking hazards. Cooked bones crack and splinter with ease increasing the chance of scratching or puncturing the esophagus and intestines and indigestible items like corn cobs are choking hazards for dogs. If swallowed, these items may cause serious internal injuries possibly requiring a trip to the emergency room.
Consider securing your garbage bins with a sealable or weighted lid. Also, you may want place a few bins around your yard. Not only will you have less cleanup, it will minimize the risk of your dog eating anything unsavory. read more…