It’s inevitable. You’re throwing your first big BBQ of the season, the hot dogs are grillin’ and your yard is the hot spot of the neighborhood. It doesn’t matter how strict or vocal you are about not handing your pets table scraps, or goodies from the serving line, chances are good they’re going to get slipped a snack or two while you’re not looking. For some pets, table scraps and people food aren’t a big deal. Either they get them from you on a regular basis or they have tough tummies. For other pets, though, a few bites of potato salad or other forbidden foods can lead to canine digestive upset. In some cases, you may have to handle food allergy reactions. From hives to itching, and unfortunately even cat or pup loose stools, those foods can cause a lot of digestive discomfort for your animals and a headache for you. We’ve got a few tips on soothing these upsetting situations. And check out some creative ways to inform your party-goers that your animals won’t be sharing in the party foods!
Pets and People Food – Keeping Party Food Out of Your Pet’s Mouths
It doesn’t really matter the reason why; it can be super frustrating and even dangerous for your pets to get table scraps and people food if you don’t want them having it. Whether you’re a visitor with your pet at another home, or you’re hosting houseguests or a party in your own home, sometimes laying the ground rules for your dog or cat’s diet is the best way to curb any undesirable consequences. The problem can be an even bigger issue if your animals are working dogs or service animals – treats and snacks may be detrimental to their training. Here are a few ideas to help you address house guest etiquette when it comes to your pets. Hopefully, you’ll fix the problem before you even have to address any canine digestive upset.
- Signage and Pet-Wear – It may sound silly, but if you’re expecting an influx of folks into your home for a celebration, sometimes eye-catching signage posted around your serving areas can be helpful. Even signs posted on the door can alert people before they even enter. Collars and body harnesses with phrases like “no treats”, “do not feed”, and “please give me space” are available for your pets to wear. They often come in bright colors and are very eye-catching.
- Politely Address Rule Breakers – Your pet’s health is really important and we know you don’t ever want to see them in distress! While it’s hard for everyone to deny those imploring eyes, if it means putting your foot down after a guest begs “aww come on, just one little nibble!”, then so be it. It’s okay to let your guests or other people know that your pet has tummy issues and you’d rather not spend the next 48 hours managing their tummies and relieving pet diarrhea – who knows, maybe some humor mixed in with an invitation to help you clean up the mess later may be in order.
- Educate and Create Conversation – Oftentimes, the biggest culprit of the “no treats rule” are friends and family who simply don’t know better. Especially to those individuals who don’t have pets of their own, sometimes explaining the reason why is the best method of prevention. Delicate tummies, allergies, precision training, performance, and even strict diet for nutritional reasons are all good explanations that our friends and family should respect.
Despite all of these attempts at reeling in those unwanted doggy and kitty snacks, chances are pretty good someone’s going to sneak a table snack to them at some point during your celebration. There are some great solutions to help assist in relieving canine digestive upset for your dogs and cats – after all, it seems they sometimes find their way into the bad treats no matter how cautious you are!
Steps to Help Provide Your Pet Digestive Comfort
Okay so now that your summer patio party is over, it’s clearly obvious that someone has enabled your dog or cat by slipping them some tasty table scraps. While we hope the result isn’t too much physical distress, we’ve got a few things you can try to help ease their upset stomachs and get their digestive tract…well…back on track!
- Dog Probiotics for Canine Digestive Upset – While establishing and maintaining a healthy level of gut flora every day is important, sometimes in order to get their stressed tummies back in line it’s helpful to give a healthy probiotic to encourage those good bacteria to get to work. Getting the gut back in balance is going to be a key first step in relieving digestive issues.
- Consider healthy and complete probiotics for sensitive stomachs – Both cats and dogs can benefit from a probiotic supplement to keep their digestive tracts balanced and healthy. Probiotics for cats are similar to those for dogs – strengthening the gut flora to ensure their stomachs can handle normal daily digestion.
- Make digestion easier – If your pets are experiencing occasional loose stools, you can try giving them smaller but more frequent meals of food items that are easier to digest: rice is a great alternative with a little bit of chicken or turkey.
- Depending on the severity of your pet’s bowel movements or upset stomach, you should consider consulting your veterinarian. While we encourage healthy bacteria growth to help assist in your pets digestive problems, be aware that continued loose stools and vomiting can lead to dehydration and other issues.
Holidays and summertime parties can be a total blast! They tend to be even more fun when you’ve got your four-legged family members in tow. Just remember, if your pet has severe enough issues with eating items that are not on their diet, you may want to consider putting them away from the crowd or leaving them at home when you had to your next gathering. No matter what you decide, be sure you’ve got some supplies to handle the aftermath in the event of a potty emergency!