Foods Your Chihuahua Shouldn’t Eat

Chihuahuas are downright sneaky at times and frequently eat things they shouldn't. If you leave food on the coffee table or on a place where a small Chihuahua can reach it, chances are they'll sneak their way into it. Unfortunately, however, there are a number of foods that are dangerous and even lethal to a small Chihuahua. While certain foods are dangerous to all dog breeds, Chihuahuas are more susceptible due to their small size. Here we'll take a closer look at some of the commonly ingested "people" foods that can harm a small Chihuahua.

Of course some owners are guilty of feeding their Chihuahuas leftover food from the dinner table. Their mentality is that giving a Chihuahua leftover food is better than throwing it away. After all, it's almost impossible to deny those begging eyes starring up at you. The problem in doing so is that you may unknowingly give them something that harms them. Even though it's not your intention to hurt them, certain foods can cause a wide variety of health problems in Chihuahuas. Whether you feed your Chihuahua table food or they steal it from your plate, you need to educate yourself on what foods may cause them harm.

Chocolate Pieces

Chocolate Pieces


I think most of us have heard the old saying that chocolate can cause death when consumed by a dog. So, just how much truth is there to this? Unfortunately, chocolate can in fact kill Chihuahuas and any other breed of dog for that matter. The amount it takes to kill them depends on the type of chocolate consumed (baker's chocolate is more dangerous) and the size of the dog. Being the smallest dog breed in the world, Chihuahuas are at the most risk when it comes to chocolate consumption. According to reports, it takes less than an ounce of bakers chocolate to kill as Chihuahua that's under 6 pounds.

The main problem associated with chocolate consumption is that it contains a lethal chemical known as theobromine, which is in the methylxanthines class of alkaloid molecules. The reason why it's not harmful for humans to eat is because our bodies metabolize it at a much faster pace. When it's consumed by dogs, however, theobromine causes wide range of symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, restlessness, hyperactivity and seizures. Symptoms typically onset within just hours of consumption and death may occur in less than 24 hours.

Glass of Milk

Glass of Milk

Milk, Cheese and Other Dairy Products

Lets face it, most us aren't going to be giving their Chihuahuas a bowl full of milk, but they might sneak their way into your glass or cereal bowl when you aren't looking. Some owners will blow this off as a non-concerning issue, but milk can cause digestive issues in small Chihuahuas. You see, like most dogs Chihuahuas are lactose intolerant, which means they don't have the enzyme necessary to break down the complex sugars found in dairy milk. Although it's usually not fatal, a Chihuahua may experience vomiting and diarrhea after consuming milk, cheese or other dairy products.

Another reason why milk and dairy products should be avoided is because of their high fat content. Allowing your Chihuahua to consume a diet high in fat may lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Unpeeled White Onion

Unpeeled White Onion


For most owners, onions don't come to mind when they think about foods that are dangerous for their Chihuahuas. If there's a big onion left on your plate after dinner, you probably aren't going to toss it down to chomper as he's begging on the floor. The problem, however, is that Chihuahuas are often fed foods that contain small amounts of onion. Even in small portions, onions can cause anemia, which is the destruction of red blood cells. In turn, this leads to respiratory problems, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and death in severe cases. Whether it's raw, cooked or even powdered onions, they should all be kept away from your Chihuahua.

Red and White Grapes

Red and White Grapes

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes (red and white) and raisins are another dangerous food that many Chihuahua owners are completely unaware of. When they're consumed by a small Chihuahua, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea and kidney failure in as little as 2 hours. If they aren't treated within this time frame, more severe symptoms including renal failure may present themselves. The problem is that a lethal dose can be just a couple grapes or a handful of raisins, so you'll need to be extra cautious when eating them around your Chihuahua. The exact chemical that causes these symptoms in dogs is still unknown.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Nuts

Although there there have been no fatal cases reported by the ASPCA and APCC, macadamia nuts are still considered toxic for Chihuahuas and small dogs. Like grapes, there's an unknown chemical present in macadamia nuts than seems to cause problems once consumed by Chihuahuas and small dogs.

After ingestion, they mat experience vomiting, fever, lethargy, tremors, muscle spasms and abdominal pain. As stated above, though, macadamia nuts have not been known to cause death, but you should still keep them away from your Chihuahua just to be on the safe side.

Cup of Coffee and Coffee Beans

Cup of Coffee and Coffee Beans


Do you give your Chihuahua a cup of steaming hot coffee in the morning? Okay, you probably don't, but Chihuahuas will drink and eat just about anything they can get their paws on, including coffee.  Some owners may laugh at the sight of their small Chihuahua lapping up a cup a of coffee, but this can cause some serious health problems that no owners wants to see happen.

As you probably already know, coffee contains a powerful stimulant known as caffeine. Our bodies can handle moderates amount of caffeine because we're larger and more capable of metabolizing it. Chihuahuas, on the other hand, are small and unable to process this powerful stimulant. As a result, they may experience nervousness, restlessness, vomiting, weakness, increased heart rate and even organ failure in large doses.

Remember, coffee isn't the only substance that contains caffeine. Tea, tea bags, coffee grounds, energy drinks and energy supplements are other items that should be kept far away from your Chihuahua's grasp.

Rib Bones

Rib Bones


Many owners toss their Chihuahuas' bones without thinking twice. Even if there's little-to-no meat left on them, Chihuahuas will eagerly chew on them for hours, and seeing their happy faces is enough for most owners. The problem with bones isn't a chemical or ingredient they contain, but rather the possibility of them choking.

Whether they're chicken, beef or pork bones, they can splinter when being chewed on, causing razor-sharp pieces to get lodged in their throat. As a result, your Chihuahua may have suffocate from having their air passage blocked, or they may swallow these sharp splintered bones where it cuts them from the inside out. Stick with safe, all-natural dog chews, and always supervise your Chihuahuas as they consume them.


32 Responses to “Foods Your Chihuahua Shouldn’t Eat”

  1. Dianna says:

    Hi, I have a lot of questions? I they can’t eat cheese, milk, etc. Please tell me some things they van and will? Thanks

  2. Sasha says:

    my one year old chihuahua Sasha or Sassy for short once accidentally drank some of my coffee so i stopped her and rushed to vets they had checked her. she was lucky nothing wrong just a bit hyper
    Thanks! I had known about chocolate, grapes and nuts but not others. u saved my chihuahua’s life! We were about to give her a little bit of onions tomorrow and soon my chihuahua will be in a swimming school!

  3. lexi says:

    hello my name is lexi and I have a Chihuahua pup and I give him chicken off the bone ( I peeled the chicken off the bone) is that safe?? I’m nervous that its not safe and I don’t wanna give it to her now cause I’m really nervous to now…. thanks..

    • Sasha says:

      its ok if you carefully cut it yes and maybe use some bits for training
      (my chihuahua is extremely fussy when i don’t cut it in slithers)
      swimming was successful people said she was a rookie!
      Yeah not too much about a little bit a day and mix in food then…Voila a meal your chihuahua will hopefully enjoy

  4. Alanda says:

    My husband has been giving our chihuahua mix (chihuaweenie) Hillshire beef smokies for a few years and I don’t think it’s healthy.
    He washes them off and puts about6 links in the microwave for 40 sec then cuts them up real small. I’m trying to change that.

  5. Colleen says:

    Hi, I have a six year old chihuahua who often get a upset stomach. I tried giving him chicken and brown rice and my vet asked me to stop and give him royal canine pellets and it still happens at least twice a month. what can I feed him. Many Thanks Kind Regards Colleen G.

  6. Ellen says:

    I recently adopted a three-year-old long-haired Chihuahua. She is 12 pounds. Can you recommend a good diet food for her and how much of it she should eat per day. And how much exercise she should get?she came from a puppy mill and lived in the cage her whole life so she really does not know how to run and play. Any help is greatly appreciated

  7. Vicky says:

    Can Chihuahuas eat cooked meat in olive oil

  8. Breanna says:

    Dogs should not eat human food so the will not have health problems like eggs sausage and biscuits

    • Nancy says:

      I completely disagree with you, I make my dogs food and it contains organic chicken, brown rice cooked in organic vegetable broth, with boiled organic carrots and my animals all live at min 16 years and that included a dog that survived parvo.

    • Elizabeth says:

      If you look at the ingredients in dog food, you will see that it’s mostly made out of the same food that we eat. Like beef, chicken, turkey, pork and certain vegetables. One of the only differences between human food and dog food is that dog food is just processed into kibble. Kibble is actually made from old food scraps.. I would never feed that to my Chihuahuas. My two chihuahuas eat cooked “human” food such as eggs and fresh cooked meat. And they are 15 years old right now. The world’s longest living dog died at 30 years old and he had a diet of human food. I don’t agree that dogs should “only” eat dog food.

    • jjames says:

      hum thats weird considering people that live to be very old eat lots of pure healthy fats such as whats found in eggs and becon. which is good for ones heart and arteries. and one of the very few things that most people who live to be 100 or more all have in common is they eat lots of natrial fats and stay away from the deadly heart attack prone transfats. Hench the reason why before the 1950s heart attacks were very very very rare and almost unheard or.

  9. isabella the chihuahua says:

    I’m rly worried . Today i was getting my chocolate cereal , and i dropped some of them . my chihuahua ran there and ate them . will it harm my chihuahua?Since she ate chocolate for one time when she was young and now she is near 6 years old . i hope she’s fine….

    • Alesha says:

      I’m sure she will be fine. I’m not sure where these bloggers get their info. Some of this is true, some of it needs refining. Dogs can only die from consuming cocao chocolate, that’s dark chocolate. Milk chocolate is fine in moderation of course. As far as dairy, I have 3 chihuahuas, a deer head, a chiweenie, and a teacup apple head. .. all of them eat chocolate on a daily basis and dairy. They eat cheese and yogurt daily too with no adverse side affects. So, I suppose like any other subject matter pertaining to health, do your own research. Don’t just be scared of everything you read. Because everything on the internet isn’t true all the time. Hope this helps.

  10. Kendra says:

    My chihuahua refuses to drink water so I gave her a little milk just now because I was scared she would become dehydrated. I wish I had looked this up before I gave it to her. I hope it doesn’t make her even more sick.

    • Alesha says:

      It might cause slight upset tummy but if your dog won’t drink and it’s been over 24 hours she needs to see a vet for an underlying issue. Give her pedialyte instead. And you might have to do it thru a dropper feeder, but she has to get fluids in her.

  11. Melinda says:

    My 8lb, 9yr Chihuahua had a grandma seizure this morning. Okay now. Does the vet give seizure meds? I want to make sure I do the right thing. He is my best friend.

    Thank you.

    • Kendra says:

      My long haired chihuahua was given seizure medicine yesterday. Pheno something. She’s 3.1 pounds and 6 years old and since I gave her two half pills like I was instructed she can barely walk in a straight line let alone get up out of bed. But she also has another health issue that may be contributing so if your dog is otherwise healthy it might be fine. They told me that if she was having 4 seizures or more every month its time to seek medical attention.

      As a side note I called around different vets asking about prices and I found that it would be a minimum of $90 for the office visit and the blood work to find the cause of the seizures so be prepared. The vet I went to took my word for it and just let me buy the medicine though

  12. Hurricane says:

    I gave my Chihuahua cashews but a worker told me that it’s not good to give them any type of nuts.But I only see that Macadamia Nuts is the only one mentioned.Is it only Macadamia or any type of nuts?

  13. Bre says:

    I just rescued a 5y.o. chihuahua & in the one day I’ve had her i have only seen her lap a small amount of water and only a few kibbles of dry food & some of her wet food. I’m sure she’s just stressed from losing her owner and bouncing around 2new homes, but I’m worried about her food & water intake. Can i scramble her some eggs to get her to eat? Or cook up some lean hamburger? Any tricks to get her to drink???

    • Chris says:

      I have just recently gone through the same situation. In the beginning I did give her some eggs, scrambled without oil or seasoning. She WILL eat though, so don’t spoil her to this. Encourage the kibble. Low sodium chicken broth can be added to encourage drinking. It’s been less than 2 months and now my girl is drinking so much water! Her foster mom had told me she wasn’t a good drinker – but I think she is just feeling like she is finally settled and so it’s all gotten so much better. Hang in there. Don’t worry too much – just love your new dog!! The best thing someone told me in the beginning was that they won’t starve themselves to death, unless they are really sick. So keep calm and chihuahua on!

  14. channie. says:

    Is that all for Chihuahuas? My dog eat shirmp accidentally is tgat bad for them?

    • Sasha says:

      not at all its actually good for a chihuahua to have prawns shrimps and fish sometimes remember if your going to feed fish or seafood no sauces aloud

  15. alexis says:

    We gave are lil puppy steak bone and it got stuck in this throat and how can we save the puppy

  16. anna says:

    I gave to my dog everything wrong. Now I understand that why he was sick

  17. frankj says:

    Can 1 nesquick ball make a chihuahua blind

    • Kamila says:

      My 7-month-old chihuahua accidentally ate a cocoa pebbles (chocolate covered cooked rice) she only ate one, she later vomited twice but nothing serious really happened. Shes perfectly healthy and fine.

    • Sasha says:

      sadly yes and no
      Big – yes it could or extreme dizziness and bashes into things a lot that is were the deciding begins.
      it happened to my nine year old GSD alfie who died of that happening but he had other problems also had nearly all i couldn’t stop him :'(
      Small- not much harm still wouldn’t risk it check vets
      Any type if they don’t drink go vets NOW or eat go vets NOW it might be because the food that was bad they eat might absorb the water and make it bigger anyway sorry if i had scared you but its just i want to stop sadness reaching to you

  18. Amelia smidt says:

    Thank you for the advice! I am about to get a chiwawa puppy and didn’t know about this important food facts.

  19. daniel raidy says:

    Thanks for the info on raisans and grapes.!
    Knew onions and garlic… But certain fruit!!
    Whodda thunkit

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