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How to keep your dog safe during cookout season

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

Summer is right around the corner, and many people will start firing up their grills. If you plan on having your four-legged friend outside with you, there are a few things to keep in mind before you start grilling.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips to keep your dog safe during cookout season.

- Keep your dog cool and hydrated. Be sure your dog has plenty of water, and if you'll be outdoors, make sure he has access to a shaded area. If he starts showing signs of heatstroke (restlessness or agitation with vigorous panting or bright-red gums), bring him to a cooler area and contact your veterinarian immediately. On very hot days, it may be best to leave your dog inside.

- Don't feed your dog from the grill. Remind your family not to give your dog any human food. Food from the grill is often greasy and can upset your dog's stomach. Keep an eye on the food tables to make sure your dog does not grab anything. More importantly, foods such as corn cobs, onion, garlic, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic and should be kept far away from your dog's reach.


- Keep your dog away from the grill. Make sure your dog isn't near the grill while it's on. It is very hot, and the open flame is especially dangerous. Your dog should be kept away from it even when you're done using it, as it stays hot for a while after it's turned off. Additionally, keep all grilling tools and lighter fluids out of reach from your dog. Never leave your grill unattended.

- Use sunscreen. Dogs can get sunburn too! If your cookout is during the day, don't forget to put sun block on your pup's nose to prevent a burn.

For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at

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