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Help & Advice

Lost & Found

For many of us, a dog is an important member of the family. To lose a dog can be a distressing and painful experience.

Below is a list of contact and information from various councils around Manchester.

Things you can do

Giving up your Dog

We understand that it is a very difficult time when you must choose to give up your dog whatever the circumstances.

Unfortunately, we can’t take every dog, however, we try to accommodate requests as much as possible.

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Foods to avoid


It’s always tempting to give a loved one chocolate – but it can be one of the most hazardous foods for your dog as it contains caffeine and a compound called Theobromine (a diuretic and cardiac stimulant). This sweet ‘treat’ can cause your dog to have diarrhoea and vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pain, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm and seizures.


The answer to the question “Can dogs eat grapes?” is no. Do not, for any reason, attempt to feed your dog grapes, raisins, or fruit juices that contain grapes. Dogs are severely affected by the toxins that grapes produce should they consume them.

Onions and Garlic

Anything from the onion family can cause gastrointestinal damage to dogs. So, the foods to avoid here are onions, chives and garlic


Avocado plants contain a substance called persin which is found throughout the plant in it’s leaves, seeds and fruit. It can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. So, don’t feed avocado to dogs and avoid the plant itself.

Coffee and Tea

Caffeine can be fatal for dogs so avoid tea, coffee, chocolate and energy drinks. It can also be found in cold and flu medication so make sure that these are locked away safely.

Milk and Dairy

Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhoea and other digestive problems in dogs so best to avoid them. So, you should avoid giving dogs ice cream on a hot day and opt for cold water instead.

Cooked Bones

These are to be avoided due to the risk of the bones splintering which can cause many problems and in the worst cases could perforate their stomach.

Macadamia Nuts

Ingesting macadamia nuts or any foods containing them can make a dog sick. Eating these nuts can cause muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in a dog’s back legs.

Raw Yeast Dough

Any amount of yeast dough — no matter how little you think your pet has consumed — can be lethal. Get timely medical attention regardless of the amount ingested.