September 23, 2017

Hot dogs and crafty cats takeover one in five bank holiday BBQs

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With the bank holiday upon us, many Brits will be planning a summer barbeque with friends and family – and that includes our pets. This provides the perfect opportunity for retailers to share their knowledge on the importance of not feeding cats and dogs human food no matter how much they beg, positioning themselves as experts in nutrition and pet care.

With research from IAMS highlighting that one in five (20%) British Bank Holiday BBQs are expected to have animal guests, the survey of 2,000 pet owners1 reveals that the smell of sizzling sausages will have half (50%) of pets licking their lips and sneaking the leftovers directly off the plate.

Recent reports show that 76% of pet owners see their pet as their own child2 which is why many will give in to puppy dog eyes or little meows. With 87% of pet owners admitting to indulging their pets in treats daily, it’s not surprising to hear almost a third (30%) of pets are given food at a BBQ. And what’s more, 38% of playful pets will hide some food in the garden for later2.

According to IAMS Nutrition Expert and Veterinary Training Manager, Kellie Ceccarelli, although pets love to eat whatever they can get their paws on, owners need to be careful to ensure they remain as happy and healthy as possible:

“Giving in by feeding human foods may seem to please pets, but in the long-term it can have damaging health implications, such as increasing the risk of heart problems, obesity and joint issues – particularly in older cats and dogs.

“It’s important to understand what pets needs to be happy and healthy. A diet rich in high quality animal proteins, such as chicken and turkey, will help in maintaining optimal overall health for pets, supporting a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat.”

IAMS Proactive Health contains impressively high levels of protein in every bowl, and provides more protein for less, when comparing cost per meal to other leading pet food brands5. Chicken and turkey protein is the number one ingredient in IAMS Proactive Health which offers cats 47%3 more animal proteins and dogs 24%4 more protein than the top two leading brands5.

Kellie reveals the top BBQ foods to advise owners to keep pets away from:

  1. Chicken wings and drumsticks

Cats and dogs love the smell of chicken, but anything with bones runs the risk of splintering and causing intestinal obstruction. Recommend a pet food that has high quality animal proteins, such as chicken and turkey, as the number one ingredient. IAMS contains 47%3 more animal proteins for cats and 24%4 more protein for dogs than the top two leading brands5.

  1. Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are unhealthy and contain high amounts of preservatives and salt which can cause diarrhoea and digestive problems for pets. Instead, pets should be fed a 100% complete diet to help maintain optimal overall health, supporting a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat.

  1. Corn on the Cob

Whilst this isn’t toxic for pets, the shape alone could cause choking and obstruction.

  1. Onions

All close members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, and the like) contain compounds that can harm a dog’s red blood cells if sufficiently ingested.

  1. Alcohol

Both dogs and cats are uniquely sensitive to alcoholic beverages, but may not shy away from lapping up an abandoned drink. Even just a few ounces of beer or wine can be poisonous to a dog or cat so remind owners to be careful leaving drinks in pet’s reach.

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