Raise your paw if you love a good cookout? Sure you do! There’s no better way to celebrate the dog days of summer than quality time with your family and pets outside. It’s time to fire up your grill for all of the fun and festive 4th of July celebrations!

Before you light up the sparklers and break out the burgers, let’s make sure you’re up to date on some pet hazardous food that could turn a day of celebration into one you and your best friend will surely want to forget.

Make no bones about it, sharing the leftovers with your pup might feel like the natural thing to do, but it can truly do more harm than good. Bones can splinter off causing them to choke or puncture your pet’s digestive track. So be sure you’re keeping them away from foods with bones like chicken wings or ribs. Certain meats and steaks can cause severe pancreatitis, although not toxic, it’s still a good idea to stay away from these to prevent Fido from having tummy trouble when you’re ready to watch the fireworks! It’s also a good idea to have a designated spot to toss the scraps just to be safe!

Here are a few more non-pet friendly BBQ staples to watch out for.

*Both corn-on-the-cob and grapes can cause choking hazards.

*Garlic causes serious gastrointestinal issues. And while it might be common to leave onions out with your condiments, they’re actually toxic to both cats and dogs.

The good news is, there are lots of things you can include on the menu that isn’t pet hazardous food and that give your dog plenty to bark about!

*If it’s meat you’re after, hot dogs that are cut up and distributed like treats are a great option!

*You can also cook up some salmon or a bit of chicken to fulfill your pups’ meaty desires.

*For sweet treats, try frozen fruits to hit the spot like blueberries or watermelon!

Just a few housekeeping tips! Remind your guests that pets are present and all of the yummy food on their plate may not be healthy for your pets. In this instance – sharing is not always caring. Make sure your pet feels safe and secure on their leash and has a place to go indoors if it’s too hot outside. And finally, put a lid on your trash cans so they aren’t open and inviting to your pets!

Hopefully, these paw-minders prepare you for the upcoming holiday celebrations at your house. We hope you’re enjoying this summer season! Bring us along for your adventures! We want to see how you celebrate July 4th with your pets! Share your photos with us using the Poof App!

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