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There are certain things, such as avocadoes and macadamia nuts, that we humans can readily eat which are not good for dogs. Some items that are okay for us but toxic to dogs are even potentially fatal (like grapes, raisins, and sultanas). You can read the full list of foods which are toxic for dogs in Dr Katrina Warren’s article Toxic Human Food For Dogs.

In Denial About Garlic

People overall seem to readily accept most items on the list, but some emphatically refuse to believe that garlic is not good for dogs. They spout old wive’s tales such as “garlic keeps dogs free of fleas and worms”.

The thing is that even if garlic does what they claim (which it doesn't), it’s still not good for dogs. And what are you going to listen to you when it comes to the health of your dog: the advice of vets, or some unfounded nonsense you heard from a friend, relative, or neighbour?

A Different Kind Of Denial

"I've been feeding X to my dog for years and she's okay!" is something people say as supposed 'proof' that a certain food isn't toxic to dogs. 

This declaration is flawed. There's a reason that food has been declared toxic to dogs - vets don't sit around making these lists for their own amusement. So just because the food hasn't killed your dog yet, doesn't mean it's not in the process of doing so (the danger could be cumulative - like smoking).

Be Safe, Not Sorry

Your dog doesn’t know that some foods are bad for her, so it's up to you, your dog’s guardian, to prevent her from eating the items listed in Dr Katrina Warren’s article Toxic Human Food For Dogs. Print it out, put it on your fridge, and follow it.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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