Nine foods that could kill your dog
DO you have a dog that's willing to chew on any extra tidbits it comes across?
While your pooch may be keen to give anything a try (even things that aren't generally categorised as edible), some seemingly harmless foods should be kept far away from Fido.
According to a list created by The Sun, these common kitchen staples can be very dangerous for a hungry hound.
To a dog, these juicy little pods look perfect for snaffling, but grapes and raisins contain toxins that can be fatal to our furry friends.
Although the compounds that cause the reaction are unknown, grapes can cause kidney failure, which can kill within three days.
You may have heard about this one already, but did you know that the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to dogs?
The caffeine and theobromine in chocolate can cause vomiting, dehydration, seizures, and even death.
A relatively recent addition to the dog no-no list, macadamias can cause weakness in the hind legs, and difficulty walking. The reason for this is still unknown.
Onions and garlic
Even if your dog gives you those pleading eyes, don't be tempted to share your dinner if the dish contains veges from the allium family.
Onions contain a compound that damages a dog's red blood cells. Too much can lead to weakness, lethargy, and in extreme cases, the dog could require a blood transfusion.
While the apple is ok, the seeds can be poisonous to pets.
Apple seeds contain cyanide, which can induce seizures, hyperventilation, and even coma.
While they're a health food for humans, it's a different story for your dog.
Avocados contain persin, a toxin that can lead an upset stomach, breathing problems, and fluid build-up in your dog's chest. And we don't even want to think about the damage the stone could do.
The old nursery rhyme that says 'give a dog a bone' is barking up the wrong tree.
Bones can cause havoc in a dog's digestive system, where they can splinter, become lodged, and even puncture the digestive tract.
Cooked bones are especially dangerous, as they splinter more easily than the raw variety.
If you like making your own bread, keep the uncooked dough well away from your dog.
The dough will expand in the dog's stomach, causing a nasty stink at the very least.
In extreme cases, raw dough can cause painful bloating and lead to a stomach twist, which can be fatal.
Dogs don't produce the enzyme necessary for breaking down the lactose in dairy products. Too much will a host of digestive problems, including vomiting and diarrhoea.