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Don't eat that, Fido!

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Foods that could harm your dog

You may think of your dog as part of the family, but that doesn't mean that it should eat the same things that you do. Some foods that we eat on a regular basis can be toxic to our canine friends. If you want to keep your furry family members safe, steer clear of feeding your dogs these items.

Raisins or grapes -- While they would seem like a healthy treat to feed your dogs, the ASPCA reports that they have been associated with kidney failure in dogs. The origin of the kidney failure is not clear, and that some dogs are not affected by the food. Still, it is safer to avoid giving them to your dog all together than playing a guessing game with a life-threatening illness.

Chocolate -- Known by many dog owners as a taboo item, chocolate is another toxin to watch out for. The ASPCA's rule of thumb is that the darker a chocolate is, the more toxic it is. In other words, white chocolate is far less dangerous than pure cocoa. A group of chemicals called methylxanthines are the culprit in chocolate. They say that symptoms that dogs show after eating chocolate include increased thirst, vomiting, irregular heart rhythm, and death. If your dog exhibits even a mild restlessness after eating chocolate, see a veterinarian immediately.

Avocado -- A food rising in popularity in the human world is a red flag in the dog world. While the oil is sometimes used in pet foods and non-hazardous, the peel and pit can pose a problem for dogs and other animals. Ingesting them may cause congestion, or fluid to build up around the heart. Better leave that item off of Fido's menu, then.

Salt -- Humans know that they should cut back on salt, but dogs should watch watch how much they are eating too. The Canine Journal reports that because dogs have a metabolism that works differently from ours, salt can cause their electrolyte levels to imbalance. This can lead to dehydration.

Onions and chives -- According to caninejournal.com, this is one of the worst foods that you can feed a dog or cat. It can damage their red blood cells. While you may not be feeding your dog onions in the raw, watch out for foods like chips that could contain onion powder.

To keep your dog safe, keep an eye out for these foods. Better yet, just stick to food and treats made specifically for dogs.

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