Dog-Safe Foods for Picnics and Barbeques

Dog-Safe Foods for Picnics and Barbeques

Dog-Safe Foods for Picnics and Barbeques


Summer is the time for family fun, picnics, and barbeques. And while we get to enjoy all the food and drinks they have to offer, our pup often gets left out – but not anymore! We’ve rounded up a list of the top dog-safe foods for picnics and barbeques. Remember, any human food should be given in very small amounts like a treat. The rule of thumb is that “treats” should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet. Too much can cause intestinal upset, or worse, lead to serious health issues like pancreatitis.

Hot Dogs

A summer staple, hot dogs without condiments are safe for dogs – but make sure you cut them into smaller pieces to prevent choking.


Another summer staple, a cooked piece of a hamburger is perfectly fine to give to your pup. Make sure not to feed them too much fatty meat, though, as it isn’t good for them.

Grilled Veggies

Save some leftover veggies for the dogs! Vegetables like sweet potatoes and zucchini are a great treat to give to your pup during a BBQ feast or picnic in the park. Stay away from onion and garlic as they can be toxic.


Both watermelon and blueberries are dog-friendly – and make for a delicious treat. Try freezing them to provide a welcome relief from the summer heat. Please limit fruit to those two items, and no grapes as they can be toxic to dogs.

Other Grilled Meats

Other lean meats – like grilled steak, boneless ribs, and cooked salmon – are actually dog-safe! Make sure not to feed too much to them, though, as too much can cause an upset stomach.

An absolute off-limits picnic and barbeque food is cooked bones. Make sure you have a secure place you can toss cooked bones so your pup can’t get them – either inside the house or in a tightly covered container outside. Dogs that chew on cooked bones can choke or even tear their internal organs if they swallow small pieces.

To make sure your pup stays safe during the festivities, ensure they are supervised at all times. Keep garbage cans tightly closed and avoid using any insect sprays around your dog. Also, be sure children are supervised around pups and don’t allow guests to feed your furry friend any non-approved human food.

Decided to leave your pup off the guest list? Why not treat them to a day at daycare? At SPOT Canine Club, we offer both daycare and overnight boarding. Your pup can roam around in cageless rooms with other furry friends – and you won’t have to worry about them stealing all the hotdogs and hamburgers! To learn more about our daycare and boarding services, click here.


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