We all love a good backyard BBQ over the summer. It’s a great time to spend in the sun with friends and family. Plus, it is a great time to have our canine friends enjoy time with us as well. And we do love our time with friends and family, but we all know we really come for the food. Why should our dogs feel left out during this time? There are actually a few things we can cook up that our dogs can enjoy at our annual backyard BBQ.

 

1. Lean Chicken and Beef

Our dogs love a good cut of lean meat. You don’t want to give them heavily salted or fatty meat like bacon. The best for them is lean pieces of chicken or steak. They can also enjoy burgers too. Just make sure you give it to them without all of the seasonings or additives and serve it to them well done.

 

2. Fish

The same omega three fatty acids that are good for us are also good for our dogs. However, you don’t want to give them too much fish with heavy metals. Long-lived fish like tuna and swordfish in large quantities aren’t good for us or our pets. They can have high levels of mercury which can lead to toxicity.

 

3. Fresh Veggies

Also, just like us our dogs get vitamins and fiber from fresh vegetables. While they can eat veggies that are cooked they often like the crunch of the raw or lightly steamed veggies. Try things like green beans, asparagus, cauliflower, and winter squash. However, do not give them avocado it can upset their stomach and even cause respiratory distress. And make sure to never give them onions as they can be extremely toxic to dogs.

 

4. Fresh Fruit

Grapes and raisins are a no go for our dogs, but other than that most fresh fruit is great for our canine companions. Things like watermelon, cantaloupe, banana, blueberries and apple slices are great for our dogs.

 

5. Special dog treats

We all love special treats at a cookout and our dogs are no different. Make them easy DIY pumpkin treats or pick them up a special indulgence at your local pet store. Either way, they will feel included to have a little sometime extra.

 

Food to avoid:

  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Lemons or limes
  • Anything with artificial sweeteners

 

The best part of a backyard BBQ is that everyone has fun with family while enjoying good food. And that’s why we should always try to include some foods that our dogs can enjoy along with us. After all, they are a big part of our families and deserve all the best parts of family life too!