Barbeque Safety for Dogs

Barbeques and dogs are both a big part of life here in the Lone Star State. Fido often loves accompanying his humans to grill outs! Our canine companions are part of the family too, but they do have a tendency to get themselves into trouble. Here, a Sugar Land, TX vet offers tips on keeping dogs safe at barbeques.


Make sure to only offer your pooch safe, suitable foods. Cooked, plain meat, fish, or chicken, with the skin, bones, and fat removed, is a great bet. Never give your canine pal anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Pitted fruits, especially avocados, are also on the no-no list, as are grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; nuts; meat on the bone; alcohol; and anything containing xylitol.

Preventative Care

Make sure your four-legged buddy is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on vaccines and parasite control. Better safe than sorry!


Man’s Best Friend has been known to go through trashcans in search of leftovers. This can be very dangerous at barbeques, as the garbage could contain bones, skewers, tin foil, toothpicks, plastic wrap, and other hazardous items. Pick up immediately after everyone has finished eating. We also recommend using garbage cans with secure lids.


Texas summers can truly be scorchers. Make sure your furry buddy always has water and access to shady areas. Watch for signs of overheating. Some common ones are panting, drooling, a warm back, dark urine, pale gums, and trembling. If you see these red flags, immediately give your pup water, get him out of the heat, and call your vet.


Many chemicals found at barbeques, such as lighter fluid, citronella, bug spray, and torch oil, are toxic to pooches. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!


Keep Fido away from the grill area. He could burn his mouth trying to snap up a fallen sizzling-hot piece of meat, singe his coat on sparks, or even wrap his leash around the grill!

Other Hazards

These are just a few potential hazards you may find at a barbeque. Fido could also slip out an open gate, or get his paws or tail stepped on. Keep a close eye on your pup, and keep him close to you.

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX pet clinic, for your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to providing great service!

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