Alfresco dining becomes popular as the sun comes out, however leaving food near pets could lead to potential risks, including poisoning.
If any food is dropped on the ground or is left unwrapped or open within a pet’s reach, there is a very high chance they will attempt to eat it. This can lead to serious medical problems, as there are a large number of foods that are poisonous to pets.
Many owners will be aware that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but may not realise sultanas are even more toxic and can cause death even in small doses.
A dog in Macclesfield recently needed intensive treatment after eating sultanas, luckily the local Vets4Pets practice managed to save him and now he is recovering well.
Other foods, which can be poisonous to pets, include onions, raisins, raw fish, grapes, nuts and garlic.
Be careful at barbecues that you are vigilant not to let your dog or cat snaffle any bones, kebab skewers or cocktail sticks. They can all cause intestinal perforation and it's amazing what dogs can swallow, bones can also cause broken teeth.