Fourth of July Cookout Food Could Mean Diarrhea For Your Dog!

The smell of food cooking on a hot grill can be tantalizing for humans and dogs alike, and while it may seem like a treat for your pet, hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and chicken are covered with seasonings and filled with fats and grease that wreak havoc on your pet’s stomach, especially if they are used to a consistent diet.  Your dog’s stomach is more likely to be compromised if they are very small, young, old, or already battling some other medical problem.  Most pet parents don’t realize that giving table scrap “treats” from the backyard cookout can cause serious gastrointestinal upset in dogs (especially lower bowel irritation or colitis) resulting in days, if not weeks, of vomiting, diarrhea or severe indigestion.  In addition, many of our favorite human foods such as onions, garlic, avocados, chocolate, raisins, and sugary foods and drinks can be toxic or even deadly for dogs. 

When hosting a party this holiday week, or taking your dog to another party, its okay to ask guests not to feed any food to your dog.  Many guests have good intentions when giving your dog some scraps from their plates, not knowing they may be causing harm to your dog’s stomach. Don’t forget to pack your dog some treats and dog food to make sure she has a great backyard meal as well.  And don’t forget if there will be fireworks near your party, this can be a stressful environment for your dog and can cause GI upset as well.  Please make sure your dog has a safe place to relax away from the extremely loud noise and bright lights.

Digestive health issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are the second most common health issues for dogs and can happen when a dog’s gut bacteria or microbiome is out of balance.  One of the most efficient and effective ways to help a dog maintain a healthy microbiome is with a high-count, multi-species probiotic that contains live bacteria, such as Profauna 100.  Backed by science and approved by pets, Profauna 100 contains 100 billion CFU per tasteless powder scoop, and replenishes good bacteria in the digestive tract by providing prebiotics (250 mg/g inulin); an abundance and variety of bacteria to support a dog’s digestive & immune health especially during stressful situations or environments like traveling, kenneling, training, or being around fireworks.

The fourth of July can be a really fun time for humans, but for most dogs the loud noises, bright flashes of light, and strange people can be a stressful time causing anxiety and stomach upset.  Eating “people” food adds an extra element of stress on a dog’s stomach.  If your dog experiences any type of digestive issues that cause you concern please consult your veterinarian immediately. Diarrhea can also be a symptom of a parasite or an infection, either bacterial or viral. If your dog's diarrhea is be accompanied by blood, mucus, lethargy, fever, and loss of appetite then those are warning signs that a serious issues needs to be addressed with your veterinarian. 

Profauna 100 wishes you and your pets a safe and happy Independence Day.