Dog food specialists from PurePetFood.co.uk have found 11 dangerous snacks and ingredients which could cause chaos for our four legged friends and explain why they should be kept out of reach.
This is the one human food most Brits know dogs shouldnt consume and dark chocolate is even worse than the milkier variety. Alcohol can have similar effects to chocolate and also cause abnormal blood acidity, central nervous system depression, decreased coordination or even coma in dogs. Scientists have been unable to identify the toxic substance contained in grapes and raisins, but its known they could cause kidney failure and shouldnt be fed to dogs. High fat, high calorie food can be bad for pets if eaten excessively by causing weight gain, which can lead to lots of other health problems. Chemicals in onions can cause dogs red blood cells to rupture or reduce how effectively they can carry oxygen around their body. Excessive salt can harm dogs just like humans. It could cause increased thirst, raise blood pressure, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets, so its best not to let them lick your plate. Almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios and other nuts are packed full of fats and oils that could lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and pancreatitis in dogs. Used as a sweetener in a range of products including chewing gum, toothpaste and baked desserts, xylitol can cause insulin release in dogs and potentially lead to liver failure. Caffeine could be very harmful to your dog as its a methylxanthine, like the chemicals found in chocolate. Like onions, garlic contains chemicals that can damage red blood cells and negatively affect dogs overall health, raw or cooked. Like most oils, olive oil is high in both fat and calories and could therefore cause harmful weight gain in dogs if lots is given to them over time.