Common Food Hazards During 4th July Celebrations

It is traditional for 4th July to be a day of celebration, and this invariably means some sort of food. Be it a BBQ in your backyard, a picnic in the park or just a whole heap of your favorite tasty treats, sharing food with friends and/or family is part and parcel of most 4th July traditions. While highly enjoyable for us, veterinarians often seen an influx of pets this day, many of whom have eaten something that they shouldn’t have while their owners were otherwise distracted.


Here are some of the most common food and food-related hazards you need to be aware of this 4th July.

Don’t feed scraps to your pets

It is very tempting for us to share our food with our pets, particularly when we are eating something particularly tasty or that is considered a treat. However, many human foods are simply not safe for animal consumption, and in fact some of things we eat could make your pet incredibly sick.


Some of the human food that is toxic to animals includes:

- Grapes and raisins

- Chocolate

- Onions and garlic

- Gum and candies containing sweeteners such as Xylitol

- Corn on the cob

- Avocado

Be careful when feeding your pet meat

Most owners think that sharing a little meat with their pet is totally harmless. Nevertheless, you should still use due care and attention when feeding your own meat to your pets.


Undercooked meat can be just as dangerous to animals as to humans, and so if you are BBQing, anything that you suspect as being less than properly cooked should be not only discarded but put in garbage bins that are inaccessible to animals. Your pet will not be able to differentiate between cooked and undercooked sausages!


Equally, you should be very careful about bones. Even the smallest bone could potentially damage your pet’s esophagus or become lodged and cause him to choke.

Don’t leave food lying around

Discarded plates of food is one of the biggest problems with 4th July celebrations. People often put down their food, and it can take just a few seconds for an enthusiastic cat or dog to swoop in and take advantage of whatever deliciousness is up for grabs. If you have left toxic foods on your plate, or meat that contains bones, you could be putting the health of your pet at risk.

Alcohol avoidance

Alcohol is usually flowing freely on 4th July, but it is another substance that is extremely toxic to animals. Even licking up a spillage of beer could put a smaller pet’s life at risk. Therefore, ensure that all drinks are kept well out of reach of animals and any spillages are dealt with in a timely fashion.

Ensure that your guests consider your pets too

It is all very well owners being considerate of their pets on the 4th July, but you also need to ensure that your guests are aware of potential hazards to pets. This means letting them know not sure share scraps with any animals that you have and asking them politely to dispose of any finished plates/unwanted food securely and as soon as they can.



These are just some of the most common food hazards facing your pet this 4th July. By being aware of these potential risks you can help to keep your pet safe and able to enjoy the celebrations. Contact us today for further information.