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Dog Dangers During the Summer

Giving the "dog days of summer" a whole new meaning.  A backyard barbecue might be good for your social life, but it can be dangerous and even deadly to your dog.  When you add  nice weather into the mix it can be a double dose of trouble. Charcoal, lighter fluid, and even matches can put your pets in peril.  Pet safety experts say it's more than just cooking chemicals you have to worry about that's why the SPCA is sending out a word of caution and a whole list of foods that you will likely see on your picnic menu that can also be hazardous to your pets health.

"Grapes, raisins, avocados onions, are all toxic foods to your pet and  if you have friends over for cookouts, you maybe want to remind them not to feed your dog," says SPCA Director of Operations Mike Retzlaff.

Chicken bones and even the side dishes have pet poisoning potential. That includes bread dough chocolate and beer. Experts say they can cause everything from breathing problems to kidney failure.Dog Dangers During the Summer

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