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Nicola Roy & Sophie Goodall

Dog owners shocked to learn which common household foods are toxic to pets

Vets have outlined some of the most common household foods that can be toxic if eaten by dogs which many people were unaware of.

The Upper Canada Animal Hospital created a viral TikTok highlighting each food and why it's dangerous in a video that has been watched a whopping 76.1million views since it was posted last month.

In the clip, team members were asked the question: "What is the one thing that is toxic to dogs?"

And some of the answers were popular household staples like ketchup, garlic and avocados, the Mirror reports.

The caption urged viewers: "Be sure to do research before giving your dog new foods and contact your veterinarian if they get into something they shouldn't have."

One surprising answer was grapes, which can seriously damage your dog's kidneys, and in some cases can lead to organ failure. Sultanas and raisins also fall under this category.

Another answer was chocolate, which is a more well-known danger. Its main ingredient, cocoa, contains the compound theobromine which increases dogs' heart rates.

Another vet said that "gum or anything with xylitol" in it is toxic to dogs, as it can cause blood clotting and liver failure.

Pet owners were quick to take to the comments, with some people shocked at some of the items that were featured in the video.

One person wrote: "Grapes?? I give my dog grapes all the time".

"I was unaware of the garlic and onions", another said.

Other dog owners took the opportunity to list other toxic items that were not included in the video.

One person wrote that "any moulding food can be lethal to dogs".

Another warned that "Peanut butter can have xylitol", while another user suggested a way round this by feeding dogs "one ingredient peanut butter", to prevent any adverse effects from ingesting the spread.

The Upper Canada Animal Hospital then posted a second video to their TikTok page, providing further answers, including antifreeze, yeast, marijuana, rat bait and rat poison, Vitamin D, macadamia nuts and mould.

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