With families across the country continuing to tighten their belts due to the global economic climate, a number of animal owners have taken to making their own pet food in an attempt to save money. While this can be a cost-effective approach, people need to be aware of certain food groups that could be harmful to their dog.
Garlic is often thought of as a harmless food that can in fact be beneficial to dogs by helping to repel flees, although the truth is that it is extremely unhealthy for canines.
Garlic contains compounds that can cause damage to dogs' red blood cells, potentially leading to anaemia.
Anyone who uses garlic in their homemade dog food should stop doing so immediately, and be on the lookout for symptoms such as breathlessness, vomiting and a loss of appetite, all of which can indicate a deficiency of red blood cells.
Other foods to avoid include chocolate, nuts and raisins.