Any dog owner will tell you that their pet is so much more than just a pet, it's a four-legged best friend.
But when it comes to man's best friend, how close is too close? Would you let your dog sit on the sofa? Share a bed? How about share an ice cream?
One recent viral video of a woman tucking into an ice cream cone after her dog has licked has firmly split opinion, with some thinking it's pretty fucking grim and others thinking 'ah, no harm done'. What do you reckon?
The clip was shot in a park in Australia and was shared on Instagram with the caption: "First date with a chick and she does this with her dog, WDYD?"
And people were not shy about putting their opinions forward, with one saying: "Ew. No." While another said: "I love my dog, but no." Others said they would just eat half and give the rest to the pooch, rather than go through this whole sharing thing.
On the other side of the fence, many social media users commented to say they would share their frozen treat with Fido, with one posting: "Absolutely nothing wrong with that."
Whether or not you think it's acceptable to eat something after a dog has licked it, surely the bigger issue is feeding ice cream to a dog in the first place?
According to the RSPCA, dogs can't digest lactose (found in ice cream) properly so giving them any dairy products can be bad news.
Lactose can cause your dog to have 'severe diarrhoea' and has been known to cause reactions that will make their skin itchy. Not what they want during this hot weather.
A spokesperson from the RSPCA told the Metro: "We would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest.
"Instead of ice cream we would suggest making an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. Making these can be really fun for children, and the end product is both safe and enjoyable for dogs."
Sorry to be Captain Bring Down, but you'll thank me when you're not having to clear pools of runny dog shit off your kitchen floor.
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