With Australia Day almost here, what could be more Aussie than a BBQ with your mates.
You can hear the sizzle of the snags and smell the steaks cooking already, can’t you?
We are known for being BBQ enthusiasts, it’s just part of our culture, as is being animal lovers so of course our furry family members will be right there amongst the action!
Of course that has nothing to do with all the delicious smells coming from the BBQ…
Here are our top 5 tips to safely include your furbaby in your Australia Day traditions, no matter where you are enjoying the day.
READ SAUSAGE AND PATTY INGREDIENT CAREFULLY
Every good cook knows that great seasoning is a must for a BBQ but often seasonings including garlic, salt and onion, which are sadly all toxic to pets.
Many pre-packaged BBQ foods and seasoning packages include these ingredients.
To be on the safe side, check all packaging, keep hooman food and drinks out of reach at all times and tell guests not to feed your doggo… no matter how much they beg.
Read More: "10 of The Most Dangerous Human Foods For Your Pet"
CLOSE GATES AND DOORS SECURELY
With friends and family coming over to celebrate together there will be plenty of opening and closing of doors and gates.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your pet regularly because if they find the perfect belly rubbing or ear-scratching mate they may follow them home to get even more!
Let your guests know to be mindful when entering and leaving, and to check gates and doors behind them
DO NOT LEAVE PETS ALONE WITH THE BBQ
Not only will they forget to turn the snags but the smells of the hot plate, plastic wrapping and kebab sticks may be too tempting to pass up.
A good sniff or some licking may follow and we both know that these can be dangerous for pets.
EXPLORING OUR GREAT SOUTHERN LAND
TAKE ENOUGH POO BAGS FOR THE WHOLE DAY
If you are enjoying our beautiful summer weather out and about at a dog beach or park don’t forget about number 2’s.
Standing on a steamy dog poo will be sure to put a damper on someone else’s day, but could also leave you with a nasty on the spot fine, especially on the beach.
HYDRATION IS KEY - TAKE PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER
Remembering take plenty of fresh, clean drinking water for your pets is so important.
When desperate, your fur baby may try to drink water from the ocean or stagnant puddles, which is not only gross but really unhealthy.
Silicone travel bowl are compact to carry and when you’ve found a shady spot are super easy to fill up.