There’s nothing more wonderful in the Summer months than the sun coming out, dusting off the BBQ and inviting friends and family round for a social gathering.
Whilst we all love a summer soiree, it’s good to think ahead about the potential hazards that may be lurking for your pets.
Having a house full of people they do not know may cause upset and distress for some pets. Ensure they have a “safe” area that they can retreat to if they are feeling a little overwhelmed.
Put their favourite bed and toys in a quiet room away from the party, ensuring they have access to fresh water. Do not leave them unattended with chew toys as this may be a choke hazard if they are not being supervised. Make sure that you check on your furry friend regularly to ensure they are not too stressed.
Using a calming plug in, spray or collar can work wonders to calm your pet! There are different types available on the market – species specific ones such as Adaptil (Dogs) and Feliway (Cats) work by using a synthetic version of a natural calming pheromone emitted from the mother’s mammary zone during the nursing of their young. Where products such as Pet Remedy works by ensuring a calming, zen like effect on birds and reptiles, rodents, rabbits, rodents, horses, parrots and ALL mammals including cats, dogs, and even humans!
Dog Appeasing Pheremone (DAP) - These pheromones have a calming effect on the neonates; are odourless and are only picked up by dogs. These “comforting messages” provide a strong signal of comfort and security to the puppies but also have the same effect on dogs of all ages.
Feliway – Feline specific - A combination of “Harmony” hormones emitted by the queen when she is nursing her young kittens, and a “happy” hormone emitted by adult cats. When comfortable and happy, cats mark their territory as familiar by rubbing their face against corners, furniture, people, or other cats at home. By doing that, they release a “happy message”. When present in the environment, these “happy messages” provide reassurance to the cats.
Pet Remedy – This product works alongside neurotransmitters, which are the brain’s “natural messages” which signal calm or tell the body the get “fired up”. Pet Remedy is a special blend of essential oils, which is mainly valerian based and works alongside the natural relaxation pathway of the brain to help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets.
Some like it HOT
The sausages are sizzling, the steaks are sumptuous, and the burgers are browning, but danger can be hidden beyond the BBQ.
Hot coals and ashes can cause nasty burns, as can hot oils and fats – make sure that pets are kept well away from the BBQ when you are cooking. Ensure you have a bucket of water nearby in case of any emergencies. Always make sure that the BBQ has completely cooled down before allowing pets nearby – especially inquisitive doggies! Some dogs are crafty and will sneak under the BBQ to lap up congealed fats that have gathered underneath the BBQ, with this they can ingest gravel which can cause damage to the digestive tract.
If you are using lighter fluid or fire lighters to start your BBQ – make sure that these are kept out of reach of any pets and children! Consider other poisons too such as alcohol, caffeine, garlic and onions
We’ve all been guilty of falling for those big brown puppy dog eyes looking up at us from under the table; but some human foods can cause significant problems for our peeping pals!
See it, Grab it, Bin it:
Dogs are crafty at sniffing out where the leftovers and waste are – they have an incredible sense of smell, are naturally curious and some just LOVE to scavenge!
Kebab skewers can cause a real problem if they are eaten, as can aluminium foil, old food wrappers and meat netting.
Broken glass can cause cuts to a pad so ensure that it is swept up promptly, wrapped well in newspaper and discarded away from any nosy pooch.
We hope that this has given you a helpful insight on how to keep your pets safe during BBQ season, and that you have plenty of fun times this summer!
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