Foods Your Chihuahua Shouldn’t Eat

Foods Chihuahua can't eat

Just because we can eat a particular food doesn't mean that a Chihuahua can.

Many common foods that are perfectly safe for us to consume can cause severe illness in a Chihuahua. We've all heard that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but you might be surprised to learn what other foods are on the list.

Alcohol

Alcohol (ethanol) is highly toxic to dogs. It depresses the central nervous system and respiratory system while damaging the heart, kidneys and liver.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include vomiting, lethargy, weakness, loss of motor skills, dehydration, respiratory depression, difficulty breathing, excessive and/or involuntary urination, panting, hypothermia, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and abdominal pain. In severe cases, seizures, coma, metabolic acidosis and death may occur. Symptoms usually appear within 30 to 45 minutes of exposure.

A lethal dose of alcohol varies depending on the Chihuahua's weight, symptoms, and the type and quantity of alcohol consumed. Beer typically has lowest concentration of alcohol at 4 to 6% ABV, while wine has a higher concentration at 9 to 16% ABV. Liquor is the most dangerous, however, with some varieties containing up to 80% ABV. Just a few sips of high-proof liquor can be fatal to a small Chihuahua, so keep your cocktails out of Fido's reach.

According to emergency critical care veterinary specialist Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, most cases of canine alcohol poisonings don't involve beer, wine or liquor, but rather the consumption of foods with alcohol, such as rum-soaked cakes and unbaked bread dough. A dog is more likely to eat a full cake or lump of bread dough than drink an entire alcoholic beverage.

In addition to beer, wine and liquor, the following may also contain alcohol or compounds that convert to alcohol:

  • Fermented fruit
  • Fermented juice and soda
  • Unbaked bread dough
  • Energy drinks
  • Vanilla, rum and almond extracts
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Fondues
  • Mouthwash
  • Sugarless gum
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Medication
  • Vitamins

Caffeine

Coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages, with roughly 83% of the United States adult population consuming it on a daily basis. But if your day begins with a hot cup of Joe, you should keep it away from your Chihuahua.

Coffee -- along with other common foods and beverages (see below) -- contains the crystalline purine stimulant caffeine, which is toxic to dogs. Unlike humans, our canine companions cannot effectively metabolize caffeine, leading to heightened effects of the substance.

Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include hyperactivity, excitement, dehydration, panting, shaking, hyperthermia, increased salivation, vomiting and tremors. In severe cases, seizures and death may occur. Symptoms usually appear within 1 to 2 hours of exposure.

Caffeine is lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 75 mg per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 375 mg of caffeine can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 225 mg can be fatal.

Caffeinated foods and beverages include:

  • Coffee (8 oz = 100 to 150 mg caffeine) *cold brew coffee has more caffeine than hot brew coffee.
  • Coffee grounds (12 grams = 120 mg caffeine)
  • Espresso (1 oz = 64 mg caffeine)
  • Teabags (1 bag = 30 to 70 mg caffeine)
  • Black tea (8 oz = 30 to 60 mg caffeine)
  • Chocolate (4 oz = 30 to 50 mg caffeine)
  • Green tea (8 oz = 25 to 45 mg caffeine)
  • Decaff coffee (8 oz = 2 to 12 mg caffeine) *the FDA currently requires 97% of caffeine to be removed from decaff coffee.
  • Caffeinated soda (12 oz = 23 to 69 mg caffeine) *diet soda typically contains more caffeine than regular soda.
  • Ice cream (4 oz = 0 to 45 mg caffeine)
  • Protein bars (1 bar = 0 to 50 mg caffeine)

Chocolate

Chocolate squares

According to its website, the Pet Poison Helpline receives more calls about chocolate poisoning in dogs than any other food or substance. Chocolate contains two methylxanthine substances that are toxic to dogs: caffeine and theobromine, the latter of which is particularly harmful to man's best friend.

Formerly known as xantheose, theobromine is the primary alkaloid found in cocoa and chocolate. When ingested by a Chihuahua, it triggers the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine, which in turn leads to cardiovascular problems like increased heart rate and arrhythmias. Dogs metabolize theobromine more slowly than humans, so while a chocolate bar is a perfectly safe snack for us, it can be a fatal to a small Chihuahua.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include hyperactivity, excitement, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, excessive urination, tremors, increased thirst, panting and low blood pressure. In severe cases, coma, cardiac failure, seizures and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 6 to 12 hours of exposure.

Theobromine is lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 100 mg per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 500 mg of theobromine can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 300 mg can be fatal.

Foods with theobromine include:

  • Cocoa beans (1 oz = 300 to 1500 mg theobromine)
  • Dry, unsweetened cocoa powder (1 oz = 700 to 800 mg theobromine)
  • Dark chocolate (1 oz = 135 mg theobromine)
  • Powdered hot chocolate mix (1 pack = 90 mg theobromine)
  • Milk chocolate (1 oz = 60 mg theobromine)
  • White chocolate (1 oz = 0.25 to 0.50 mg theobromine)

Some Fruit Seeds, Pits and Cores

Sliced apple with seedsThe seeds, cores and pits of certain fruits contain cyanide, which is highly toxic to dogs. This includes apricot pits, apple seeds, cherry seeds, peach pits, plum pits, nectarine pits and apricot pits. The fleshy part of the fruit itself is typically safe; it's the seeds and pits that owners must keep away from their Chihuahuas.

There are many forms of cyanide, including hydrogen cyanide (HCN), cyanogen chloride (CNCl), sodium cyanide (NaCN) and or potassium cyanide (KCN). They all work by preventing cells in the body from using oxygen. And without oxygen, these otherwise healthy cells die.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, hyperventilation, skin redness, drooling and panting. In severe cardiac arrest, coma and death may occur. Symptoms may appear within minutes or hours of exposure.

A lethal dose of cyanide varies depending on the Chihuahua's weight, the type and amount of fruit pit or seeds ingested, whether the seeds were broken or whole, and other factors. If your Chihuahua has consumed any amount of the fruit seeds or pits listed above, contact an emergency pet poisoning center (instructions at bottom of this article). According to Vetary, blood samples reading 3 mcg/mL or higher of cyanide require immediate veterinary attention.

Garlic

Garlic

While often touted as a homeopathic treatment for fleas, garlic and other plants in the Allium family (see below) are highly toxic to dogs. Whether raw, cooked or powdered, garlic and foods containing garlic should be kept out of your Chihuahua's reach.

Garlic contains a substance called thiosulfate, which dogs lack the necessary enzyme to digest, as well as a variety of organosulfer compounds that give garlic its distinct odor. When ingested by a Chihuahua, these organosulfer compounds are metabolized into oxidative compounds that destroys red blood cells in a condition known as Heinz Body Anemia.

Symptoms of garlic poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, pale gums, dark urine, lethargy, weakness, increased heart rate, excessive and/or involuntary urination. In severe cases, seizure, collapse and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 24 to 72 hours of exposure.

Garlic is lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 10 grams per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 50 grams of garlic can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 30 grams can be fatal.

Allium plants that your Chihuahua shouldn't eat include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Chives
  • Leeks
  • Scallions

Grapes and Raisins

Chihuahua eating grapesGrapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs, with emergency veterinarian clinics in the United States treating hundreds of cases each year. When ingested, they can damage the kidneys, leading to acute kidney failure.

The exact compound responsible for the toxicity of grapes and raisins in dogs remains unknown. However, some researchers theorize that a mycotoxin (toxin produced by a fungus) is the culprit. Another theory, explored in this Mercola article, points to a fluoride-based pesticide known as cryolite, which is certainly plausible considering that not all dogs fall ill after ingesting grapes. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) also ranked grapes at #5 on their list of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables of 2015, further reinforcing this theory. Regardless of what compound causes its toxicity, keep grapes and raisins away from your Chihuahua.

Symptoms of grape or raisin poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, mouth ulcers, excessive thirst, lethargy, abdominal pain, trouble urinating, bad breath and tremors. In severe cases, seizures, coma and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 1-3 hours of exposure, with acute kidney failure developing several days after exposure.

Grapes are lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 14 grams per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 70 grams of grapes can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 42 grams can be fatal.

Raisins are lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 5 to 14 grams per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 25 to 70 grams of grapes can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 15 to 42 grams can be fatal. To put those numbers into perspective, a one-cup serving of grapes is about 92 grams, which is more than enough to cause fatal reactions in a small Chihuahua.

Hops

HopsHops -- flowers of the Humulus lupulus plant -- is a primary flavoring agent and stabilizer used in brewing beer. Whether raw, dry, spent or pellets, homebrewers should store hops out of their Chihuahua's reach. Chihuahuas that ingest hops may experience a wide range of adverse symptoms, the most concerning being Malignant Hyperthermia (MH), a condition in which the body temperature rapidly rises to dangerous levels.

In 1995, the National Animal Poison Control Center, University of Illinois in Urbana conducted a study of hop poisoning in dogs. Researchers found hop poisoning to be fatal in all eight dogs examined. With that said, not all cases are fatal. There are many reports on homebrewing forums of dogs fully recovering after ingesting hops.

It's unknown what compound or compounds makes hops toxic to dogs. Some experts believe it's the natural resins within hops, while others believe it's the phenolic compounds or nitrogenous constitutes.

Symptoms of hop poisoning include rapid breathing, increased heart rate, panting, vomiting, anxiety, hyperactivity, abdominal pain and hyperthermia, In severe cases, seizures, coma and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 30 minutes to 8 hours of exposure.

A lethal dosage of hops varies depending on the type of hops ingested (dried plugs typically more toxic), the Chihuahua's weight, and how he reacts to it. However, ingestion of even small amounts can be fatal to Chihuahuas.

Onions

Unpeeled White Onion

Like its garlic counterpart, onions contain a substance called thiosulfate, which dogs lack the necessary enzyme to digest. Onions also contain organosulfer compounds, which are metabolized into oxidative compounds that attack red blood cells in a condition known as Heinz Body Anemia.

Symptoms of onion poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, pale gums, dark-colored urine, lethargy, weakness, increased heart rate, excessive and/or involuntary urination. In severe cases, seizure, collapse and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 24 to 72 hours of exposure.

Onions are lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 30 to 60 grams per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 150 to 300 grams of onion can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 90 to 160 grams can be fatal.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Nuts

While most nuts are non-toxic to Chihuahuas, macadamia nuts are the exception. They contain an unknown compound that is toxic to dogs. The good news is that most cases of macadamia nut poisonings are mild, with dogs typically recovering within 48 hours. Depending on the amount of nuts consumed, however, veterinary attention may be required. Dogs are the only species in which adverse symptoms from macadamia nuts have been reported.

Symptoms of macadamia nut poisoning include weakness, lethargy, vomiting, hyperglycemia, tremors, increased heart rate and ataxia. In severe cases, collapse and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 2-12 hours of exposure.

Macadamia nuts are rarely lethal to Chihuahuas, though symptoms have been reported at doses of 4.8 to 62.4 grams of nuts per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 24 to 312 grams of macadamia nuts may cause symptoms to manifest. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 14.4 to 187.2 grams can cause symptoms to manifest.

Nutmeg

NutmegNutmeg is a culinary spice derived from the tropical evergreen tree Myristica in Asia and the western Pacific. It's used as a flavoring agent in many dishes, including cookies, cakes, eggnog, soups, custards, sauces and more. While humans can safely consume low-to-moderate doses of nutmeg without any ill effect, dogs cannot.

Nutmeg contains the neurotoxin myristicin, to which Chihuahuas and other dogs are highly sensitive. Nutmeg (raw and powdered), as well as foods, flavoring agents and other products containing the spice should be kept out of your Chihuahua's reach.

Symptoms of nutmeg poisoning include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, diarrhea, dry mouth, abdominal pain and lethargy. In severe cases, hallucinations, seizures and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 1 to 3 hours and may last for up to 48 hours.

There's limited information regarding how much nutmeg is lethal to Chihuahuas. Some sources claim one tablespoon is the average dose at which nutmeg presents lethal reactions, while others claim is little as 2 grams can trigger life-threatening reactions. For these reasons, it's best to err on the side of caution by assuming that any amount of nutmeg is potentially fatal.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar substitute commonly used in sugar-free gum, mints, candy and peanut butter. It's often preferred over table sugar because it contains fewer calories and a lower glycemic index than its counterpart. When used in chewing gum, xylitol also protects against cavities by inhibiting bacterial growth and reproduction.

So, why is xylitol toxic to dogs and not us? Xylitol is absorbed more rapidly in dogs, resulting in a dangerous spike of insulin. When this occurs, blood sugar levels to drop to dangerously low levels (hypoglycemia) -- a potentially life-threatening condition to which Chihuahuas are already predisposed. In higher doses, xylitol also causes sudden liver failure (acute hepatic necrosis).

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include weakness, lethargy, vomiting, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and jaundice. In severe cases, seizure, collapse, liver failure and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 10 to 30 minutes of exposure.

Xylitol is lethal to Chihuahuas at a dose of 50 mg per pound of body weight. If your Chihuahua weighs five pounds, for instance, ingesting 250 mg of xylitol can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, just 150 mg can be fatal. To put those numbers into perspective, a single piece of sugar-free gum typically contains 1 gram of xylitol, which is more than enough to cause severe hypoglycemia and possibly death.

Other Foods to Watch

While not as dangerous, the following foods should also be kept away from your Chihuahua.

  • Yeast Dough (unbaked bread dough): While baked bread is typically safe for Chihuahuas, unbaked yeast dough contains alcohol, making it toxic to them.
  • Cat Food: Dry or wet, cat food is formulated with a higher concentration of protein and fat than dog food, making it harsh on the liver and kidneys.
  • Bacon: There's no treat a Chihuahua wants more than bacon, but the high fat content can lead to obesity and pancreatitis.
  • Citrus Fruits: Lemons, limes, oranges and other citrus fruits are highly acidic and may cause digestive problems when consumed by a Chihuahua. Some citrus fruits also contain a toxic compound called psoralen, further contributing to gastrointestinal distress.
  • Wild Mushrooms: Store-bought mushrooms are typically safe for Chihuahuas, but many wild varieties are poisonous.
  • Unripe Potatoes: Characterized by their green tint, unripe potatoes contain the glycoalkaloid toxin solanine.
  • Milk, Cheese and Dairy: While some Chihuahuas can digest milk without ill effect, others experience gas, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Any High-Fat Foods: Fatty foods contribute to pancreatitis, which is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Any Salty Foods: Like us, Chihuahuas need sodium in their diet, but too much can cause sodium ion poisoning.

Help! My Chihuahua Consumed a Toxic Food!

If you suspect your Chihuahua has consumed one of the foods or substances listed above, contact either the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 1-888-426-4435 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. The APCC charges a $65 consultation fee, while the Pet Poison Helpline charges a $39 consultation fee. Both services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When calling the APCC or Pet Poison Helpline, be prepared to tell the operator the following:

  • What your Chihuahua consumed (or what you suspect he consumed).
  • How much he consumed.
  • When he consumed it.
  • Symptoms he's experiencing.
  • How much he weighs.
  • Any medication or supplements that he is currently taking.
  • If your Chihuahua has any known health issues.

Depending on the circumstances, the operator may recommend inducing vomiting. This is typically done by orally administering 3% hydrogen peroxide at a dosage of 1 milliliter (ml) per pound of body weight. Using a syringe or turkey baster, squirt the hydrogen peroxide in the back of your Chihuahua's mouth. Repeat these steps every 15 to 20 minutes, up to three times, until your Chihuahua vomits. 

Do not attempt to induce vomiting unless instructed by the operator, as this could make the problem worse.

The APCC offers a free mobile app with detailed information about which foods are toxic to pets, as well as a one-touch button to speed dial its poison control center. You can download the APCC app by clicking the links below.

When Not to Call

If your Chihuahua is exhibiting signs of severe toxicity -- seizure, foaming at the mouth, loss of consciousness, coughing up blood or bloody diarrhea -- take him to the nearest veterinarian immediately. There's only so much an operator can do over the phone. In cases such as these, the operator will instruct you to take your Chihuahua to the veterinarian anyway.

Time is of the essence when treating poisonings in Chihuahuas, so act fast to increase his chance of a full recovery.

References:

http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/what-to-do-if-your-dog-ate-chocolate/

http://aspcapro.org/sites/pro/files/c-vetm0805_562-566.pdf

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets




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

  1. Joe says:

    Can a Chihuahua drink tea?

  2. Cathy Holt says:

    This is absolutely the best article with comments I have ever read. It covers everything! I have a 5 1/2 year old male Chi that I got when he was a month old. He has some problems but has a great vet, and I keep a close eye on him. He is the light of my life!
    Thank you so much. You are just great!

  3. Damaris Alvarez says:

    I have a question. Why did my chihuahua have puppies and left one all alone and won’t check on it? Did it abandon this puppy? Should I take care of it?

  4. Norm Brand says:

    Have a 7 yr old chihuahua, who takes rx for seizure disorder, didn’t start until he was 6. Now has gained weight and we give him medicine cup of Natures Recipe and same amount of chopped chicken twice a day. We take him for walks and he runs in and out of the doggie door to the yard all day. We can’t seem to get the weight off, could it be the medication?(phenobarb and zonisifide)Also, limit his treats to 3 little ones a day.

  5. Robin says:

    My little Chihuahua gets chocked up when she gets excited and drinks water she sounds like a little pig snorting. What would cause this?

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hi, I’ve had a poorly little Chihuahua with polyps. He is a terrible eater and all he will eat is bakers. I can’t get him off it. I have been trying to give him chicken, brown rice, sweet potato and green beans. If I mush it up a little, he will just try and pick chicken out. If I mush it all up together, he won’t eat it. Does anybody know ratios of chicken and veg for just one chi a day? I have tried every dog food, he won’t have any. I don’t care what it costs, just want him off this dog food. Thanks, Chery.

  7. Nikki says:

    I have an 8 month old puppy who just don’t want to eat she had always been fed royal canine and I give her fresh chicken every day she will only pick she has lost a lot of weight she is ok. In every way still playing as normal with my 4 year old chases the mop as normal was just wondering what I could fed her to build her up again and get her interested in food again

    • Hazel says:

      I’ve just recently bought a long haired chihuahua little jack is just 11 weeks old any tips please on things best to feed him to help with him growing to be healthy.. thanks in advance

    • Jacqueline says:

      Try Fromm dog food. My little ones are very picky I came across from dog food they seem to enjoy it they keep a normal weight and they say the top of the line dog food that actually humans can survive on it go figure hope this helps

    • Jenny pepe says:

      I would be feeding her anything else that she likes, that is safe for herald give her some vitamins in the tube , nutracal for dogs .

    • Nic says:

      Chihuahuas and most small dogs are prone to getting low blood sugar, try adding water and sugar to make a paste and feed it to the dog, if that doesnt bring he/she around then go to the vets.

    • amanda says:

      hi nikki!
      try searching on Amazon for Party Animal California Chicken Pack. my pups luv it! they also they love apples and stawberries. good luck!☺

    • SW says:

      Try and feed out of your hand. If you give it real food, that should be a snack only, because that’s what they will want all the time.

  8. ChihuahuaLover says:

    HELP!! My Chihuahua is 1 month old, and was totally fine until my mother in law gave him ham (pork). My poor baby keeps gagging but it doesn’t vomit . I check its poop and it was kinda hard with brown mucus. Can anybody help me I need to know what I can do to help!

    • Chichi says:

      Take him to the vet asap!! The same happened to my little baby think he was two or three days sick he was very ill when we took him the vet said if we waited another day he could’ve died. Please don’t let that happen!! πŸ™

    • Jacqueline says:

      In all honesty skip the table scraps it does nothing but harm your dogs chihuahuas 2A saint Bernard I started off my nu red nose Chihuahua Lamborghini and made her her dog food there’s a recipe online that you can follow with chicken I actually ground up Fromm dog food with the chicken the broth the rice any extra vitamins now they seem to love both of Foods I alternate them have no they

  9. celine says:

    my puppy is under 2 months old we just got her yesterday. we tried to give her dry puppy kibble but she wont eat ! what can we give her that she would eat???

  10. Donna powers says:

    My 4 year old 10 pounds Chihuahua ate A lot of rib bones last night. She is throwing up now splinter pieces. She curled up and looks bad….. I’m worried 😩

  11. misti says:

    Hello, my lil chawawa must be bullet proof after reading all the wrongs don’t do’s, and kills dogs warnings, cause she love to eat cheese drink milk help me eat chocolate chip ice cream ECT ECT. But never got any of y’all’s side effects to the extreams y’all have used to be able to get readers to over think and panic. Please don’t get me wrong I have a very blessed and spoiled dog thank God!!. I am just not sure if all the extreams are Right, for every chawawa or other breeds. This is just been my personal opinion and does not mean that concerned pet owners should ignore y’all’s professional advise if you have any concerns please just let your love for your dog and your gut feeling be your best bet before you go into INTERNET pet panic mode, thanks

    • Mirella says:

      Misti you are so right my baby she eats Everything I eat salad, chicken, whatever it is she wants and she gets never had she had any of the side affects they mention !!? She is a bit overweight but I’m putting her on a diet but she’d good,😊😊 so please people don’t get upset about our comments about how we feed our baby every dog is different.if you believe that your fog has eating something he/she take them to the vet immediately!??😊

    • Mary says:

      Hello, my chi chi will not eat the dog food I brought her but will go to my friends house and eat like she is starving the same dog food!

      • SW says:

        You know kids show out, and that’s what a chihuahua acts like, she probably wants you to feed her out of your hand, or you let it taste something better and it wants that from you. Just a guess

  12. April Ortiz says:

    My Chihuahua eats dry dog food and it hard for her to poop she screams I feel so bad for her

    • Maggie says:

      Hey Apri. Have you tried giving your doggie wet food? Maybe replacing a meal with canned food will help. Additionally you can help the pup go to the bathroom by giving them weight control food.

    • Ricky Brady says:

      Stop giving her dry food!!!!!

    • A.Jesuse says:

      I alternate dry and wet food during the day. The stool is always form, and she doesn’t strain.

    • SW says:

      You need to add some water to her food. When my chihuahua was constipated I put a little Castor Oil in her food, and stirred it around, she was just fine a couple hours later

    • Anita Grace says:

      Ask Your Vet ! Pumpkin is good for them, PURE 100% Pumpkin ~ Libby’s in a Can ~

  13. Sara says:

    My baby chihuahua had a piece of carne asada meat a couple days ago and now she wont eat. She is vomiting a little but does not want to eat… what to do?? I give her pedialyte with water , but how do i make her eat?

    • matthew shears says:

      Don’t force her to eat if shes isn’t, shes not eating for a reason and she will fast until the problem disappears or she passes away. Feeding her will only aggravate her symptoms.

    • Hannah says:

      Give her apple cider vinegar it works for my baby it clean the digestive system.

    • Kathy says:

      I have a 6 pound full grown Chihuahua and i have been boiling chicken for him but the last 2 days he started throwing up 1time of each day so 2 times so I gave him a little Pepto Bismol. And that helped so no he is going to eat wet and dry dog food and he is going to be up set. Lol

      • Anita Grace says:

        I gave my 12 yr. old Chihuahua (7lbs.) a lot of Baked Chicken, She got really sick ! Shaking, Throwing up, Diarrhea, a fever 105.1 panting, breathing really fast! Quit eating, but drank some water. Took her to the PetER, She has a Liver Mass ! I wonder IF the Chicken caused it !

        • Manny says:

          We make treats for our girl by dehydrating skinless chicken breast and she loves them and never gets tired of them……I don’t know about baked chicken but dehydrated chicken has been fine for her

  14. Mahogany says:

    I occasionally have been giving my dog grapes, I’d say over a month she ate no more than 10…once reading this I will stop. You think she will be ok? She has not had any of the symptoms that was given

  15. A says:

    The last section made me think that you’re paranoid about all kinds of bones. It’s cooked bones that splinter more often than raw bones. (I’m aware that raw bones can splinter, too.) Also, don’t think for a second that dogs can’t chew raw bones just because they’re small. They just need small bones and to be watched.

    Aside from that issue, this was a good article.

  16. Michelle says:

    I have a 7 week old Chihuahua and she will not eat regular dog food. What is a good diet to put my chihuahua so she will eat?

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. Nico says:

    Please help Nico has just turned two and he only eats pate food plus small denture stick a day but last two weeks he off his food so making mash potato and buying chicken but I’m so worried he loosing weight hrlp

  20. 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

  21. Lynn Robinson says:

    Hi I gave a 10 week old Chawawa 1 weeks on Thursday . I was just wondering can she eat cooked chicken , beef pork etc .

  22. 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.

  23. Jose says:

    My dog ate a reall small portion of chorizo (most of you know what this is) and I saw somewhere that this can be bad for a chihuahua, will this cause any serious damage?

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. Michelle says:

    My lil guy has eaten cheese, chicken, lil bread, never anything else I know that is bad for him. We never ever give him anything larger than the bed of our fingernail. He is also restricted from coming into the kitchen, due to things drop on the floor, and we are onion lovers. He is a 1 lb overweight, due to he is a house dog. As soon as Winter passes he looses the weight from being indoors. No beef, pork, or any kind of fruit or seafood.
    To keep his black coat shiny, he knows when I come with the teaspoon, he gets a dash of pure olive oil on his food.

  27. Perla says:

    I gave my Chihuahua some beans and he started to eat it right away. Is it okay for him? He is only four months old.

  28. Talia Rascon says:

    It really all depends on your dog and how he/she react to food given to them, I have a 3 month old Chihuahua puppy and I give him milk, dairy products, cooked chicken, tortilla, lettuce, chocolate, candy, grapes, and strawberries and they don’t make him sick at all. Actually giving your Chihuahua a small amount of milk daily help him/her develope more and once used to it, its very healthy for them.

  29. Jade says:

    My dog has diarrhea and i don’t know what to feed him. What should I do? Is pumkin ok to give a chiwawa with diarreah.

  30. Vicky says:

    Can Chihuahuas eat cooked meat in olive oil

  31. Bobbie says:

    I gave my chihuahua some egg and she started making noises and its night time and I’m worried she might have a reaction in the middle of the night

  32. 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.

  33. Deborah says:

    Thank you for the information about cheese – I would have never thought that was a problem and I’ve had (large) dogs my whole life who ate cheese and large dog bones with no problems.

    So we have a chihuahua mut that is 10 lbs. I need a recommendation for dog food that she will eat. She won’t eat anything except people food. She loves roast chicken and hamburger meat. Hates fish. Is there any food out there that you can recommend? She has tried literally every type of food available at Petco and our local stores – and there are a lot of boutique stores here in Los Angeles. She’s 11 months old. Our newest dog food place – which is crazy expensive – suggested a raw diet and she absolutely refuses to touch the frozen chicken bites. She doesn’t even think it’s food but sniffs it and walks around it.

  34. 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….

    • Lilac loves company says:

      Don’t worry nothing bad will happen my chihuahua ate a piece of chocolate all he did was throw up once and then he was back to running like a regular chich should so it will be just fine!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    • 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Andrew says:

    Can a chihuahuas eat a very small amount of cooked cow heart ?
    Don’t worry we haven’t done it

  37. eileen says:

    Help my Chihuahua chewed on a green grape i took it from him will he be ok???

  38. 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

    • Mia says:

      Next time try some chicken broth about 1/3 to 2/3 water….my Chihuahua sometimes doesn’t drink as much water as I like so I give her this…our vet recommended it .

  39. 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?

  40. 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!

    • Lia says:

      Any dog, or human for that matter would be feeling stress after moving. It is always best to find out what he/she ate so there is no abrupt change on their tummy (added to the nerves) πŸ™‚ Also very important especially with chi’s is to keep from hovering. They sense this and act stressed. As their new “parent” you are the one the new member will look to. And if you are peaceful will be able to relax, and settle into the new routine.

  41. channie. says:

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

    • Mia says:

      Give her time……she is scared…put her someplace that is quiet and give her time she will eat. It took our rescue dog about 9 weeks to really be at home with us…….all she needs is time.

    • 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

    • Lia says:

      Some dogs digestive tracts do better with chicken, some with beef, some with fish. My dogs have flourished on grain free or low grain diets. If the food isn’t agreeing on the tummy the key is slow change a small bit at a time over a week or so. Chi’s love to see how much they can get away with lol, and will even refuse to eat just so you will offer something else again and again. Set a schedule and if they turn their nose to the food you give take it away after a bit. That way everyone will be confident about eating. They won’t starve. If there is something awry health wise there will be symptoms.

  42. alexis says:

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

  43. anna says:

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

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. daniel raidy says:

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

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