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Neil Shaw

Vets list surprising everyday foods that are toxic to dogs

Vets have listed common household substances that are poisonous to dogs, with many a staple item. The TikTok video, which was uploaded by The Upper Canada Animal Hospital, features members of the team each being asked the same question - “What is the one thing that is toxic to dogs?”.

Their answers included avocados, garlic, onions and ibuprofen. 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 have a detrimental effect on a dog’s kidneys and in some cases can lead to organ failure. Sultanas and raisins also can have the same effect, reports The Mirror.

Another, more well-known item featured in the video was chocolate, with the main ingredient cocoa containing the life-threatening compound theobromine. A dog’s heart rate would increase if it were to ingest theobromine.

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 commented on the video, sharing their surprise at some of the items listed. 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 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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