Any dog owner who has ever hosted a barbecue will know how much their beloved pet wants to join in eating those delicious-smelling steaks, sausages or ribs.
But you have to stay strong: These foods are often salted, and are seasoned with lots of other spices and herbs that can be bad for dogs.
Salt especially can irritate dogs' stomachs, and they will feel thirstier than usual. This is stressful for their hearts and kidneys; for older animals or dogs with chronic illnesses, it can even be fatal.
Onion or garlic has a negative effect on dogs' red blood cells so keep them away from the marinated meat.
It's also not a great idea to give your dog the leftovers, as grilled bones can break up in the stomach and could cause serious harm.
Dogs don't know this intuitively, of course, and may go after the meat while it's still in the packaging. This can be very dangerous as well, as some packaging can't be digested, leading to intestinal obstruction.
So before you host your next BBQ party, make sure to tell your guests not to give the dog anything from the table – but perhaps encourage them to bring along a special dog treat instead. – dpa
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