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BBQ safety advice from PDSA

A few simple precautions to help keep our furry friends safe while we enjoy the al fresco dining.

PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Elaine Pendlebury says; "Every year PDSA vets see pets with injuries directly associated with barbecues. Pets are brought in suffering from burns, having swallowed objects such as corn on the cob cores or kebab skewers. But a few simple precautions we can help keep our furry friends safe while we enjoy the al fresco dining."

Here are PDSA's top tips for keeping pets safe during BBQ season:

Skip the scraps - eating barbecue scraps can upset your pet's stomach.  Undercooked, unfamiliar or fatty food can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. It also adds extra calories to their diet, which can contribute to obesity.
Bin it - make sure any leftover food and rubbish isn't left lying around but securely and safely thrown away in a lidded dustbin well away from pets.  A common barbecue-related problem seen by PDSA vets is pets that have eaten corn on the cob cores that they've taken from rubbish bags. These can cause a serious intestinal blockage and have to be surgically removed.

Don't be a 'fuel' - lighter fluid can be dangerous if drunk, so keep it well out of reach of pets.  Petroleum based barbeque lighter fluid can also cause pneumonia if it's breathed in as well as causing eye damage and skin burns if they come into contact with a pet. 

Flamin' hot - playing around a barbecue can lead to severe burns, so pets should be kept well away from flames, burning embers and hot ash. Always make sure that the BBQ is cooled down quickly after use.

Slap on the sun cream - pets can suffer from sunburn and heatstroke just like humans, so if you're enjoying the sun ensure your four-legged friends have access to shade and plenty of fresh water.  Pets with white or very thin fur may need to have pet sun cream applied, particularly on exposed areas such as ear tips and noses. Your vet can advise you about this. 

Watch where you put your drink - make sure that glasses and drinks are not within reach of thirsty pets. Alcohol can be hazardous for pets and glass bottles or china cups can be easily knocked over and break, causing injury.

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