|Millions of dogs are being fed toxic treats
New research has revealed that over 4 million dogs in the UK are being fed human foods that are toxic when consumed.
The study, commissioned by leading pet food manufacturer Webbox, found that chocolate is the biggest culprit when it comes to treating your dog to human foods. Two in 10 dog owners admit to feeding their canines the sugary sweet treat.
Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is toxic to canines and can result in vomiting, diarrhoea and seizures. In more severe cases, it can be fatal.
A further 1.4 pet owners allow their dog licks of ice cream, another food which is best left to humans. Ice cream is high in fat and sugar and can lead to digestive upset if your dog is lactose intolerant. A 100g portion of ice cream contains a whopping 207 calories, which equates to around a third of your dog's daily calorie intake.
A morning coffee or cup of tea can prepare us for the day ahead, but if given to your dog, it can leave them barking for the wrong reasons. For every 10 dog owners, 1.5 allow their pups to sip on the stimulants, which can lead to digestive upset if given in large quantities.
Jennifer Dean, Nutritionist for Webbox, said: 'Pets are increasingly treated as members of the family, but this does not mean that they can share the family meals.
'Owners need to be aware that some common human foods are toxic to pets, and even those that are not poisonous can cause harm in terms of providing extra calories that lead to weight gain and obesity.
'Pet food is specially designed to provide all of the nutrients they need, and there are a large variety of pet treats available. So instead of sharing your dinner with your pet, why not give them their dinner at the same time, or give them a healthy treat?'
Despite some foods being unsafe for canine consumption, there are some foods dogs can safely eat in small quantities. Peanut butter, cooked chicken without bones and watermelon are just some of the foods that can be eaten in moderation.