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Pets, BBQ’s & Picnics

Pets, BBQ’s & Picnics

Welcome to our very first blog. Our aim is to provide you with the information to aid you in growing your skills as a responsible and caring pet parent.

Summer is fast approaching and with our wonderful climate we look forward to outdoor entertaining, including BBQ's and picnics with friends and family.

Our pets enjoy this time too, as food is more accessible and there is the opportunity for more attention and play. Our pets soon realise that guests will kindly give them treats and food or scraps may fall to the ground. The canny cat or dog also soon learns to quickly sneak food from the picnic rug and while they think its great, many of these tasty treats are not so good for them.

Foods To Avoid Giving Your Pet

Chips and Snacks:
Chips and nacho chips are full of salt, and are therefore not for our pets in excess. Exercise caution as over indulging can lead to sodium ion poisoning that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and fever.

Sausages:
While they might taste great to you they are filled with loads of salt and preservatives in levels that dogs and cats do not tolerate well. It may result in diarrhoea and indigestion, leaving your pet feeling drained and flat. If you must indulge those big, sad, begging eyes, please cut into a bite size piece as a treat only.

Bones:
Let your family and guests know that bones are a definite 'no' and a health hazard for pets. Cooked bones, especially chicken can splinter easily and puncture your pets' digestive tract and mouth. They can also cause obstruction leading to expensive surgery. Look out for anything that can cause choking or obstruct your pets' airway, corn cobs are included.

Fruit and Sweets:
Most of us are now aware that chocolate is dangerous for dogs. Less widely known is that grapes and raisins have also been shown to cause major kidney issues and even death when consumed by dogs. Fruits are generally high in sugar so caution is required.

Healthy Pet Options:
Our pets love having time with us and to make it fun for them too consider:

Feeding Your Pets First:
Feed prior to you eating. This will make it a lot easier for them to watch you eat if they are not hungry to start with.

Pet Snacks:
Have a couple of your pet's favourite snacks handy so that when you sit down to eat they have a treat. Something chewy that takes a while is great.

Safe and Healthy Fruit and Veggies for Pets:
Always wash & slice before serving and give in moderation
Apples Broccoli Cucumber Pineapples
Apricots Cabbage Lettuce Raspberries
Beets Carrots Mangos Strawberries
Blueberries Cauliflower Pears Zucchini
You may have a dog foodie like mine who is much better off to be taken to a different space while we eat so he is not tortured by the food he can see and smell. We also get to escape those big, sad, begging eyes…

Below is a wonderful, easy to make treat from Marge Perry's – myrecipes.com.

Good Dog Treats

Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup brewers yeast
1/3 cup natural chunky peanut butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons canola oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large shallow baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, wheat germ and brewers yeast in a medium bowl. Whisk together the peanut butter, egg, broth and oil in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until a rough dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl 5-6 times until it comes together.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a 1/4-inch thickness. With a 8cm (3 inch) dog bone shaped cookie cutter, cut out treats and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Press all the scraps together, kneading once or twice, then roll out to 6mm (1/4-inch) thickness and cut out more treats; repeat if necessary.
  4. Bake treats until lightly browned and fairly hard, rotating the pans from top to bottom once, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely; biscuits will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.