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What not to feed the dog (WLS)

Most pet owners know that chocolate can be toxic for dogs. But there are other common human foods that can also be dangerous or even deadly for your pup. Consumer Reports alerts us of to some foods you never want to feed your dog.

Theo, the Glatzer family dog, was alone with their toddler and a bowl of grapes. Later they noticed the grapes were missing.

"So I think what he said was, 'Did you feed Theo grapes?'" Sam Glatzer said.

Knowing that grapes can be toxic for dogs, they immediately rushed Theo to the animal hospital.

"As most dog owners know, they'll really eat anything. There are some human foods that will cause some serious health problems," said Julia Calderone, Consumer Reports Health Editor.

The FDA recently released information on people foods that can make dogs sick. Here are a few you might not know about.

Onions, garlic, and chives - and any foods seasoned with them - can damage a dog's red blood cells, which can progress to anemia.

Macadamia nuts are also toxic for dogs and can lead to vomiting, fever and muscle weakness. Fatty foods, like fried chicken, can inflame a dog's pancreas.

Xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener used in many processed foods like gum, can cause a rapid spike in a dog's insulin levels.

"Just a few pieces of chewing gum that contain Xylitol could lower small dogs' blood sugar to dangerous levels," Calderone said.

Like the Glatzer family knew, grapes, along with raisins and dried currants, can be extremely toxic for dogs' kidneys, even causing renal failure.

Thankfully, Theo was just fine.

"He's part of our family. So I think probably from now on we'll just not have grapes," Glatzner said.

But not all dogs react to these toxic foods the same way.

"Small dogs tend to be more sensitive than larger ones. To keep your pooch totally safe, just stick with dog food," Calderone said.

You might be wondering about toxic foods and cats. The FDA said cats can have similar reactions as dogs, but they are pickier eaters and are usually less likely to eat something that will make them sick.

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