Fourth of July BBQs: Foods You Can and Can’t Share with Dogs

Fourth of July BBQs: Foods You Can and Can’t Share with Dogs

by Scritch

The Fourth of July is a time for celebrating, spending time outdoors enjoying yummy food with friends and family. Of course, family includes pets, so it’s important to take their safety into consideration amongst all the festivities. With so much going on, it can be easy to get distracted and lose track of what your dog may be sneaking off the picnic table.

Here are the foods you can share (in small amounts) with your dog and those you should make sure to keep well out of reach.


  • Bread: Plain hot dog and hamburger buns
  • Meat: plain cooked hot dogs and hamburgers
  • Veggies: Most plain veggies are safe to share with dogs, such as lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, and corn that has been removed from the cob.
  • Fruit: Most fruits are safe for pets, such as cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, and apples. Be sure to note that grapes are a big no-no.

In moderation


  • Onions and anything with onion, such as pico de gallo, salsa, ranch dressing
  • Garlic
  • Corn on the cob
  • Grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Cooked bones
  • Potato salad - these often contain garlic and/or onion, making it toxic to dogs
  • Chocolate and sweets

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