HAVING A BBQ THIS WEEKEND OR ENJOYING THE GARDEN? - LABRADOR RESCUE KENT AND BORDERS WARNS OF DANGER TO PETS
According to Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) there is a rise in injuries and poisonings to dogs over weekends, particularly, if there is a spate of hot weather.
We have heard of a number of unusual injuries to pets at this time of the year as BBQs and summer parties increaseâ€, explains Maggie Hinks of LBK, â€œDogs swallowing kebab skewers, eating cooked bones or getting burnt either from piping hot food or from the BBQ itself is not unusual.
Dogs breaking their legs on trampolines or having their tails slammed in patio doors is another hazard. All of these summer dangers can be prevented says Maggie, it's the owners who need to remember what to do and not to do.
Here are some tips from LRK to keep your dogs safe in the summer BBQ and summer party season:
Keep food and drink out of reach. Don't give your dogs alcohol not a good thing to do: cooked bones - can shatter easily and be a choking hazard, as well as splinter and get lodged in your pets digestive tract; sizzling sausages may be tempting, but can burn your dogs stomach, cause ulcers and dehydration;
Keep your dog away from the BBQ as hot coals can cause nasty burns, and it is putting temptation under their nose. But also remember citronella candles as well as fertilizers and weed killers are all toxic to pets.
Tasty leftovers in the rubbish bin can be sniffed out by your dog but remember if your dog scoffs tin foil, plastic wrap, matches or skewers they could do themselves a lot of harm, so clear up and put rubbish away securely.