What BBQ foods are dangerous and safe for dogs? from Barking Heads

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What BBQ foods are dangerous and safe for dogs? from Barking Heads

Toxic BBQ Foods


Just like humans, our dogs love a yummy BBQ but as pet-parents, do we know which BBQ foods are toxic to feed our four-legged friends?
We answer the all important questions...
🐾 What BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs?
🐾 What BBQ food is safe for my dog to eat?
🐾 What to do if my dog eats something they shouldn’t?


What BBQ foods are unsafe for my dog to eat?

  • Ribs, bones & skewers 🍖

These pose as a choking, puncture and splinter hazard if swallowed and can cause serious harm to a pets digestive system and internal organs. Its important to cover any meat on the bone or skewers to prevent your dog from stealing any off your plate!

  • Onions 🧅

Onions, shallots and garlic contain N-propyl disulfide. This compound causes a breakdown of red blood cells, leading to anemia in dogs.

  • Corn on the cob 🌽

Although corn serves as a nutritious component in moderation, the cob can pose as a choking hazard or become lodged within the intestines and cause a blockage. Therefore if corn is to be fed, ensure to remove the kernels from the cob.

  • High fat foods 🥩

High fat meat products can contribute to weight gain which can result in obesity-related conditions such as arthritis. High fat foods can also result in a very serious condition called pancreatitis, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable for your dog and requires Veterinary treatment.

  • Grapes & Raisins 🍇

Both grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs, potentially resulting in acute kidney failure if ingested and even death. Dosage is subjective to each individual therefore it's important that ingestion of these is completely avoided.


What BBQ foods are safe to give to my dog?

  • Grilled Vegetables 🥗

Dog-friendly vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers and sweet potato are great, yummy options for your dog at a BBQ. Cut them into small pieces and grill them up!

  • Fruits 🍉

Summertime fruits such as blueberries and watermelon (seeds and rind removed). You can also freeze fruit in water (pup-sicles!) for your dog to lick and dig out or to cool down your pooch on a warm summer’s day.

  • Lean Grilled Meats 🐟

Small portions of grilled meats and fish such as chicken, steak and ribs (off the bone), salmon and white fish cut into small pieces are safe for your dog. Avoid any spices, sauces or additional add-ons such as cheese.

  • Alternative Treats

The safest option is to feed your dog treats tailored for them. This will accommodate for any sensitive tummies and reduce the risk of any digestion issues or stomach upset which can occur if ingesting something rich or new to your pets diet! Why not try our yummy Tuck Shop treats?


What do i do if my dog eats something they shouldn’t have?

If you suspect your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t have, are choking or have a blockage through ingestion of something potentially harmful, Immediately call your vet and advise on what you suspect your dog has eaten and how much. Hold onto the packaging if you have it so your vet can see what ingredients are within the product. Your vet will advise on the next course of action for your dog. If in doubt, contact your vet for advice.


Former Veterinary Nurse

Sharna Beveridge


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*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*

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