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Foods Dog Can Have at Your Labor Day Cookout

Labor Day = play day!By Lyndsay Marvin

It’s officially Labor Day Weekend! Labor Day is often associated with the end of summer, which is a bummer, but also a time for amazing cookouts, which is great! If you’re anything like us, you’re going to bring your dogs to your cookouts and gatherings. Dogs make everything better, especially when you have a plate of food that you can’t quite finish. They’re the best dishwashers! Since your dog is going to be surrounded by delicious food you and your friends/family are cooking,

Here’s a list of foods dogs can eat (within moderation of course).

  • Eggs (fully cooked)
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Cheese (in moderation)
  • Shrimp
  • Peanut butter (without xylitol)
  • Popcorn (okay in moderation; always unsalted, unbuttered, plain air-popped)
  • Pork/Ham
  • Corn
  • Shrimp
  • Bread (small amounts)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Tuna (in moderation)
  • Honey
  • Salmon
  • Coconut
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews

Fruits and Veggies dogs can have:

  • ApplesWaiting for something to drop!
  • Bananas (as a treat only; bananas are high in sugar)
  • Watermelon (no rinds or seeds)
  • Oranges (peels aren’t toxic, but they’re rough on dogs’ digestion, so don’t feed)
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries (less than one cup)
  • Mangoes (remove the pit)
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches (fresh, not canned; cut up)
  • Pears (without pits or seeds)
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes (fully cooked)
  • Broccoli (very small amounts)
  • Celery (freshens breath, too!)
  • Cucumbers

Of course, most people foods should be in moderation only. Hopefully this list gives you an idea of what Fido can and cannot eat, so you’ll both have a safe and happy Labor Day!

What people foods do you give your dog? Share in the comments below!



Lyme disease is an easily preventable tick-transmitted disease. The effects from Lyme disease can be painful and no fun for your pup. Not to mention you as well can contract Lyme disease from a tick.


  • Lameness due to inflammation of the joints, many only have acute lameness that lasts only three to four days but reoccurs days to weeks later, in the same leg or in other legs
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Damage to the kidney
  • Heart or nervous system disease


Young dogs appear to be more susceptible to Lyme disease than adult dogs. Ticks can be found anywhere, but are most commonly seen in the upper Midwestern states, the Atlantic seaboard and the Pacific coastal states.

If your dog gets diagnosed with Lyme disease he will probably get put on antibiotics, which take about four weeks to work. Unfortunately, there may be some long term joint pain even after the bacteria is cleared out. There are things you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to your pup.

  • Don’t let your dog roam in tick-infested environments.

    Courtesy of michigananimalhospital.com

    Courtesy of michigananimalhospital.com

  • Groom your dog daily and remove ticks immediately if found. Pull ticks straight out when removing, don’t twist or crush the tick. Wash your hands as soon as you remove the tick to limit exposure to yourself.
  • A veterinarian can recommend a variety of sprays, collars and topical products to kill and repel ticks.
  • There are routine vaccines that should be given to dogs.

Quick Facts

The topic of Lyme disease can become a little controversial between veterinarians. Not all dogs that are positive for Lyme disease are clinically ill, so it’s hard for vets to decide whether or not to treat them. The United States does have a better track record with Lyme disease than other places. According to Dr. Erika de Papp, DVM, DACVIM, in New England 50-75 percent of dogs test positive for Lyme disease.

For Lyme disease to be contracted the tick must be attached for at least 48 hours, this is why it is so important to remove the tick as soon as you find it. Adult ticks are active whenever the weather approaches or exceeds freezing. So, if there are several warm winter days in a row ticks could be active, don’t consider it safe just because it’s winter.

Lyme disease is scary and may even cause permanent damage to your pup. Both you and your dog need to always check for ticks. Keep your pooches protected and make sure you’re always on the lookout for ticks!

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The sun's out, the grill is warmed up; the sweet aroma of barbecue is in the air. Sounds like a perfect summer picnic doesn't it? Picnics are great opportunities to get out and enjoy the weather and spend some time with family, friends, and Fido.  But before you go out there and fire up the grill there are some things you should remember to keep out of Fido’s mouth.

Grapes, Raisins or Currants

Grapes and raisins can often be a nice side to go along with the burgers and brats. They are also found in breads and cookies for desert.

  • According to Pet Poisons Helpline if a dog ingests these fruits it could lead to sudden kidney failure.
  • Kidney failure wouldn’t happen in all pets but it is impossible to tell which ones are sensitive to this fruit, so why risk it?


Soda can often be found at a picnic or barbeque. It serves as a pick-me-up and it quenches thirst. Caffeine can also be found in coffee, tea, energy drinks and diet pills.

  •  Pets are much more sensitive to caffeine than people are. Too much caffeine for people can cause jitteriness, for dogs it could cause death.
  • According to Pet Poisons Hotline, one to two laps of some coffee, tea or soda will not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning in most pets, but the consumption of moderate amounts of coffee grounds, tea bags or one to two diet pills could cause death in small dogs or cats.

Chocolate and Cocoa

Chocolate is a favorite by kids and adults alike and is often found around the picnic table. Theobromine is a chemical found in chocolate and is a cousin chemical to caffeine and is just as dangerous for your furry friend.

  • Dark chocolate is the most dangerous because it contains a significant amount of theobromine. Same goes for baker’s chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder and gourmet dark chocolates; they are much more dangerous than milk chocolate.
  • White chocolate contains a very little amount of theobromine and will not cause chocolate poisoning in pets.
  • The amount of chocolate is what makes it poisonous, according to Pet Poison Hotline. A few chocolate chips or one to two bites of a chocolate chip cookie is unlikely to cause poisoning.
  • Chocolate contains a large amount of fat and some pets could develop pancreatitis after eating chocolate or baked goods containing chocolate.


There is often beer and spirits passed around as people enjoy their time out in the sun. A lot of dogs may find they enjoy the taste of beer, but remember having a booze hound could result in some very serious problems.

  • Dogs get drunk just like people do.
  • It is also easier for them to get tipsy, fall into a coma and even die.

Hotdogs and Hamburgers

Hotdogs and hamburgers are most often the first thing thrown on the grill. It’s probably hard to look down at those puppy dog eyes, begging for a nibble of these picnic essentials.

  • One hotdog or hamburger won’t hurt a dog, but if everyone around the picnic area is feeding into those big, needy eyes it could cause for some stomach issues.
  • Dr. Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director of ASPCA Animal Posion Control Center says too many hotdogs and hamburgers could lead to some vomiting and diarrhea.
  • A good idea would be to pack some BOGO Bowl kibble with you so Fido can have something nutritious to snack on while everyone enjoys their picnic.


Every dog likes to chew on bones and bones can usually be found at the end of a picnic. It may be really tempting to throw the dog a bone, but Dr. Wismer says it’s never a good idea. Feeding dogs any type of bones from people’s food causes serious problems.

Courtesy of Chariseschamberchatter.wordpress.com

Courtesy of Chariseschamberchatter.wordpress.com

  • Bones easily splinter which causes internal bleeding and possible death.
  • Overindulging on bones can lead to serious canine constipation.
  • Big bones can break a dog’s teeth.
  • You could freeze chicken or beef broth in ice cube trays for safer treats.


A lot of people find places to dump their grease after a barbeque. This could be driveways, yards or buckets to take out later. A dog will readily scarf down any grease he can find.

  • If a dog eats barbeque grease he will be ingesting dangerous amounts of fat.
  • If the grease is hot it could cause oral burns.
  • Chemical grill cleaners are also a threat to dogs, so keep those up high and out of reach.

Mayo-based Salads

During a picnic food can often get left out in the summer heat while people throw a ball around or socialize. Mayo-based salads that get left out in the sun run a serious risk for people and dogs.

  • Dogs get food-poisoning just like people do from mayo-based salads left out in the sun.
  • This can cause Salmonella or E. Coli.
  • Dogs will experience diarrhea or vomiting with blood if contaminated food is consumed.

So this summer when you’re packing up the picnic stuff and firing up the grill, remember to keep your pooch safe and free of harmful picnic poisonous. Keep in mind this barbeque breakdown, so you can enjoy endless summer activities with your best friend.

So, who all is taking their pooch to a picnic this Fourth of July?

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