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Why the viral baked beans prank could be harmful to dogs

Children have been smearing beans on people’s driveways which could leave dogs in the vets

Bethan Shufflebotham

Posted 33d ago

The latest TikTok trend has seen kitchen cupboards and local shops cleared out of tins of baked beans.

But what might seem like harmless fun for a few cheap laughs could leave someone with a hefty vets bill and a poorly pup.

The‘Beaning’ prank sees children and teens smearing baked beans onto people's driveways, doors and cars, and filming it for the popular video sharing app, the Mirror reports.

The bizarre trend has seen dog owners asking if their pet can eat baked beans, or if it could have harmful effects.

Now, a veterinary nurse has urged the pranksters to consider the effects this trick could have on family pets.

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Becky Williams, a veterinary nurse from Nantwich, Cheshire, said: "Baked beans may contain onion and garlic, which is toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal discomfort. 

"They're also high in sugar, which can upset dogs with pre-existing conditions like diabetes. The high fat levels can trigger a pancreatitis flare, especially in dogs that have had it or are prone to it

"What's more worrying, is that if the beans are left to go mouldy, the mycotoxins released can cause seizures in dogs, and even prove fatal, which is devastating for owners.

"I'd really urge people considering taking part in this trend to think about the effects it could have. It might give you a laugh for 10 minutes, but it could land someone's dog in the vets."

West Yorkshire Police has warned shops to look out for children buying large quantities of the tinned goods, while parents are being encouraged to check their cupboards.

PCSO Michelle Owens said: "It has come to the attention of the police that a new trend has started by groups of youths called 'beaning'.

"This involves youths throwing the contents of a can of beans over properties, very similar to the trend of throwing eggs at properties.

"If you work in a shop, please can you be aware of youths buying large quantities of cans of beans, if you have children living at home, please be mindful if you see them removing cans of beans from the family home."

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It comes after Surrey Police launched an appeal after the village of Wonersh was terrorised by so-called bean bandits.

In one picture, four empty cans could be seen discarded near a doorstep studded with little orange beans.

Another showed a grey car with sauce dribbling down the driver's window, leaving an unsightly orange smudge.

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