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Paw-fect 4th of July Treats for Your Pet

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Fourth of July barbecues are generally an exciting way for Scruffy to spend his afternoon. Babies are dropping food, little tots are inadvertently leaving trails of hot dogs and bun bits behind them, and adults who can’t resist Scruffy’s sweet stare are offering little tastes of the barbecued goodness on their plates to your furry friend. 

Scruffy, it seems, is living his best life. But not all summer barbecue snacks are a good idea for pets. Below we’ll discuss some safe (and not so safe) 4th of July foods for your four-legged friend. And if you’re really looking to make his day memorable, we’ll include some homemade recipes at the bottom that you can make special for your pooch. 


Smoked or grilled meat is generally the bread and butter of any barbecue. And Scruffy, your meat-eating pal, thinks so too. So what can Scruffy eat and what should be avoided? 

Safe Meat: 

  • Fully cooked lean poultry 
  • Fully cooked fish  

Meat to Avoid: 

  • Full fat hamburgers and hots dogs, bacon or pepperoni – these can cause gastrointestinal upset 
  • Fried or spicy meats – these can also cause gastrointestinal upset
  • Meat with bones – these present choking hazards
  • Any undercooked meat, including raw salmon, which contains parasites that can infect your dog 

Fruit Salads

What’s a summer barbecue without Aunt Linda’s famous fruit salad? A staple at any good 4th of July get together, it’s likely some fruit will slip to the ground and end up in Scruffy’s belly. So what fruit is okay and what fruit should absolutely be avoided? 

Safe Fruit: 

  • Small bites of apple 
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries 
  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Cranberries
  • Mangos (without the pit)
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries 
  • Watermelon

Fruit to Avoid:  

  • Fruit containing pits, such as plums or peaches – these can be choking hazards
  • Cherries – these can be poisonous if too many are consumed
  • Grapes and raisins – these are toxic to dogs 


Vegetable trays are a healthy fan favorite, not just with humans but also in the canine community. Most vegetables are a deliciously nutritious treat for pets, but there are a few veggies that have made it on the danger list. 

Safe Vegetables: 

  • Broccoli 
  • Carrots
  • Celery  
  • Cucumber 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Sweet Potato 

Vegetables to Avoid: 

  • Avocados – these contain persin, which can be toxic to dogs and cause vomiting and diarrhea
  • Corn on the cob – large chunks can obstruct the gastrointestinal tract 
  • Mushrooms – these can be toxic to dogs
  • Onions – these are highly poisonous 
  • Tomatoes – the green parts of these plants are toxic to dogs

Pasta Salads

In general, pasta salads should be avoided as most contain onions, mayonnaise, and ham or bacon. These foods aren’t dog-friendly, and onions in particular are highly toxic to canines.


Arguably the favorite part of any 4th of July gathering, a party isn’t complete without some sweet treats. While desserts generally aren’t recommended for our furry friends as most have a high fat content, a bite or two of something safe could be a great way to end a great day. 

Safe Desserts: 

  • Doggy ice cream
  • Fruit – a nutritious sweet treat
  • Kong treats (idea below) 
  • Patriotic pup cookies (link to recipe below) 
  • Pupsicles (link to recipe below)

Desserts to Avoid: 

  • Chocolate should be avoided at all costs as this is toxic to pets 
  • Anything sugar free or with reduced sugar – these products can contain xylitol, which is toxic to pets

Homemade 4th of July Treats for Your Pet

If you want to have something a little extra special on hand for the holidays, consider making one of these recipes below: 

Kong Treats recipe via Rover: 

Fill a Kong with some yogurt and/or treats and slices of banana to make a stopper at the bottom. Place the Kong in the freezer until frozen through, and voila – an easy, delicious treat for a hot summer day. 

Patriotic Pup Cookies via The Pointy Snoot:

These 6-ingredient cookies are easy to make and a yummy, fruit-filled snack for Scruffy. You’ll need strawberries, blueberries, baby food, peanut butter, egg and flour. After some quick mixing and baking, Scruffy will be enjoying his 4th of July dessert as much as you’re enjoying yours. 

Click the link above for the full, detailed recipe. 

Strawberry Banana Pupsicles via Bionic Dog Blog: 

Simply cut up one banana and a handful of strawberries. Mix in a blender with yogurt. Pour the yogurt and fruit mixture into ice trays and and place in the freezer until frozen through. Remove and enjoy! 

Thanks for stopping by! We’re glad you’re here and hope you found some great 4th of July treats for your pet. Be sure to share this article so others can have a safe, fun holiday, too. 

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