What Foods Are Bad, Poisonous, & Toxic to Chihuahuas? 25 Bad Foods! | DoggySaurus (2022)

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As a Chihuahua owner, you will know only too well how delicate their little stomachs can be. They are renowned for being sick after certain foods, and far more than other breeds might be. It’s not always possible to keep your dog from reacting badly to certain foods, but you can eliminate a lot of sickness by not letting them eat foods that are bad for Chihuahuas.

I recommend you print this list off and stick it your refrigerator… some of the foods I list that your dog should avoid, aren’t just bad for your Chihuahua, they could even be fatal. Some will poison your dog and are foods that are toxic to Chihuahuas.

Because of this, I’ve put the most poisonous foods to Chihuahuas first on the list. It explains why they are toxic and even how much they might eat before you call a vet.

Bottom line though; if your Chihuahua eats anything they shouldn’t, don’t wait to read notes like this on the Internet – call your vet!

So, if you want to find out what food Chihuahuas can’t eat, plus some plants that are poisonous to them too – read on.

Poisonous foods for Chihuahuas

Like most dogs, Chihuahuas will eat whatever you put in front of them. If you happen to drop something on the floor and they gobble it up, in most cases, they should be fine with eating things in moderation.

However, there are some foods that are extremely toxic and not safe for Chihuahuas to eat, even in small amounts. Knowing what Chihuahuas cannot eat is really important in keeping your dog safe.

Here’s the most dangerous foods for Chihuahuas, followed by things that they eat that are not poisonous as such, but are still bad.

1. Chocolate

This is most commonly misunderstood food that Chihuahuas cannot eat, and the one that leads to most people having to call a vet.

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It’s all due to the toxic theobromine substance in chocolate. Just small amounts can make your Chihuahua sick, so if chocolate drops on the floor, pick it up immediately. In large quanties your dog will vomit, and in more serious cases develop an abnormal heartbeat, tremors, seizure, and even death.

Dark chocolate is the most dangerous and poisonous to Chihuahuas as it contains more of the theobromine.

2. Onions, garlic, leeks and chives

All of these foods are in the Allium family. Anything in this bracket is a poisonous food for Chihuahuas, whether it’s been boiled, cooked, or whatever – it’s not something your Chihuahua should eat ever.

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These foods are said to makes dogs feel poorly and in larger amounts can lead to red blood cell damage. You won’t always see symptoms of poisoning straight away as it can take a few days for the toxic effects to take effect.

3. Artificial sweetener (xylitol) in gum and mints

Xylitol is one of the most toxic things a Chihuahua can eat, and is commonly found in some mints and sugar-free gums.

According to research (see research published on MSU.edu), xylitol is 100 times more toxic than chocolate is for dogs. If they just eat one stick of gum with xylitol, a small dog could see their blood sugar levels dip considerably.

If the small dog went onto to eat a whole pack of gum with 10 sticks containing toxic xylitol, it could damage their liver irreparably and possibly even kill them.

Other foods and household items that can contain xylitol include:

  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Peanut butter
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Sugar free breath mints
  • Fruit drinks
  • Jellies and jams
  • Cereals
  • Baked goods
  • Sugar-free puddings and Jello
  • Over the counter vitamin supplements

4. Candy and sweets

It’s not just the foods above that come with toxic xylitol. Some candy brands do too, so always check the labelling.

To be frank, you shouldn’t be letting your dog eat candy anyway, even if it’s free of poisonous xylitol. Why? It’s due to the sugar levels plus there’s also the risk of choking or blockages in your Chihuahua’s digestive tract or tooth fractures.

5. Certain peanut butter brands

Our Chihuahua loves peanut butter. It’s one of his favorite treats, especially when we put it in a Kong Toy.

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However, some peanut butter brands include xylitol. This substance is toxic to dogs and needs to be avoided at all costs due to poisoning.

6. Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob is not among the poisonous foods for Chihuahuas, but it is dangerous due to the cob part. These can lodge in the throat of your dog and intestines, so should be avoided at all costs.

Sweetcorn is fine, as this will be easily digestible though.

7. Cooked bones

Dogs love to eat bones. Everyone knows dogs love bones, but they are dangers with this food type.

When bones are cooked, they become brittle and can break apart. This means that when Chihuahuas eat cooked bones, small slithers can perforate their internal organs, leading to big risks to their health… with possible fatal consequences.

8. Avocado

Fruit is a great food for Chihuahuas, but not all fruit! Avocado is one such, as it can be bad for Chihuahuas but only when prepared in a particular way.

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Avocados contain a poisonous toxin called persin which when eaten in large quantities can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. However, persin is mostly concentrated in the avocado skin and pit, rather than the fleshy part.

So, should your Chihuahua eat an avocado, chances are you won’t have any problems. But, it’s still worth avoiding, especially the toxic parts – the skin and stone.

9. Grapes and raisins

Another group of fruits that can be poisonous to your Chihuahua are grapes and raisins. They are a toxic food for Chihuahuas and can lead to kidney failure when eaten in large quantities.

10. Macadamia nuts and walnuts

All nuts should really be avoided in a Chihuahua’s diet, as they are just the right size and texture that lead to choking. However, these two nuts which are potentially toxic to dogs.

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When eaten at volume, both can result in diarrhea, sickness, and the possibility of canine pancreatitis.

The side effects of Macadamia nuts are very nasty and rank high on the list of poisonous foods for Chihuahuas… the poisoning can result in hyperthermia, tremors, vomiting, and lethargy.

11. Cherry, peach, and plum pits

Due to the size of pips and seeds like this, they can become lodged in the intestines of smaller dogs like Chihuahuas. Blockages are a very real risk, so don’t let things like this anywhere near your dog’s mouth.

There are also trace elements of cyanide in the pits of some fruits like peach and plum. It would take a heck of a lot to poison your Chihuahua, but it’s a bad food either way.

12. Mustard seeds

Mustard is so vomit-inducing to Chihuahuas that vets sometimes use it to make dogs sick up for medical purposes. The seeds in particular are very toxic as they contain poisonous elements to dogs.

13. Coconuts and coconut oil

A little bit of coconut is unlikely to harm your Chihuahua, but the milk and white flesh of a coconut is known to cause stomach upsets in dogs.

The reasons coconut water should be avoided is due to the potassium in it, at high levels too.

14. Yeast dough

When ingested, yeast dough will heat up and then start to rise and create gas. This is very problematic in a Chihuahua’s digestive system, leading to extreme pain, bloating, and possibly the twisting of their gut.

It’s potentially fatal, so if your Chihuahua eats yeast dough, visit a vet immediately… the yeast can also change into ethanol, a highly potent alcohol.

15. Alcohol

This is good time to talk about alcohol dangers and how dangerous this drink can be for dogs.

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Alcohol consumption can make your Chihuahua have diarrhea, vomit, difficulty in breathing, tremors, a lack of coordination, abnormal blood acidity, central nervous system depression, and even a possible coma or death.

Giving your dog alcohol isn’t funny and can kill them.

16. Hops

On a similar topic, the hops that are used in home brewing kits are also a dangerous ingredient for Chihuahuas to eat. There are compounds in the hops that lead to malignant hyperthermia.

That means your Chihuahua’s temperature can rise rapidly, possibly causing permanent damage to the organs and brain or even death.

17. Coffee, caffeine, and tea

Drinks with in are bad for Chihuahuas. It’s all down to the methylxanthines in the caffeine which causes similar bad reactions in dogs to chocolate.

If your Chihuahua has licked up a couple of coffee granules, chances are he will be fine. But in large amounts such as loose tea and coffee beans, it could be very harmful and require vet’s help.

18. Nutmeg

Myristicin us a toxic substance with trace amounts found in nutmeg. When dogs eat it in large amounts it can lead to various problems including abdominal pain, increased heart rate, seizures, and even the possibility of hallucinations.

19. Moldy food

If your dog has access to trash, be very careful. Moldy food is bad for Chihuahuas as it can contain mycotoxins. Mycotoxins grow on moldy food and make it poisonous when ingested.

Bad food for Chihuahuas

In addition to the foods that are bad for Chihuahuas, there are others. Whilst they are not strictly considered poisonous and toxic, you should avoid them due to the potential negative side effects. For example, weight gain.

20. Milk and dairy products

Many Chihuahuas will be lactose intolerant, meaning dairy products can make them sick. Dogs don’t have the same digestive system as us and can find it hard to break down lactose in milk, meaning runny diarrhea issues!

21. Blue cheese

Given that you know dairy is bad option for dogs, it should come as no surprise that some cheeses can be dangerous. Avoid the blue cheeses, Roquefort, and Stilton. They have roquefortine C which is known to cause very bad reactions in dogs.

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This can include symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. In more extreme cases your Chihuahua could develop seizures and tremors if they eat a lot of blue cheese.

22. Meat and eggs that have not been cooked properly

Many owners now feed their Chihuahua a raw diet, and there’s nothing wrong with that providing they get all the nutrients and goodness required.

However, there is some research to suggest that bacterial infections such as Salmonella and E. coli can be contracted by dogs eating raw meat.

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23. Food and drinks with high sugar content

Sugary food and snacks aren’t good for us, so they certainly aren’t for your dog. In fact, this is one of the worst foods for Chihuahuas, and can result in a range of health problems.

Dogs that have too many snacks with sugar content are at risk of developing diabetes, weight gain, and even decayed teeth and gums. Sugar can also upset delicate Chihuahua tummies too, so something to avoid at all costs.

24. Food high in salt and sodium content

Just like lots of sugar, the same applies to salt content. Food that is high in sodium can potentially poison your Chihuahua… but is most likely to lead to them getting extreme thirst and increased urination in the volume it would be in dropped food.

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If your Chihuahua does eat lots of salt, the warning signs are very severe and include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high body temperature, and seizures.

25. Fatty foods

Fatty foods such sausage, bacon, burgers, and fried food can result in upset stomachs. If your Chihuahua gets to eat these tasty snacks over a prolonged period of time, it could even result in pancreatitis.

Yes, it’s hard to say no to those pleading eyes when they beg for your food, but often the tastiest food is the worst for Chihuahuas.

What plants are poisonous to Chihuahuas?

There are also things your Chihuahua should not eat outdoors including the following toxic plants.

  • Aconitum
  • Amaryllis bulbs
  • Asparagus fern
  • Azalea
  • Citrus
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Day lilies
  • Delphiniums
  • Dog’s Mercury (Mercurialis perennis)
  • Foxgloves
  • Hemlock
  • Hibiscus
  • Hostas
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Ivy
  • Laburnum
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupins
  • Morning glory
  • Mushroom plants
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Sweet pea
  • Tomato leaves and stems
  • Tulip bulbs
  • Umbrella plant
  • Wisteria
  • Yew

This list contains just the most common plants that are poisonous to Chihuahuas. For a more comprehensive list, please download this print out from the Dogs Trust.

Conclusion

The reality is, most of the time if your Chihuahua has just eaten a very small amount of any of the bad foods listed here, they “should” be ok.

But, please never leave anything to chance and also consult with a professional veterinarian for advice.

I am not a vet, just a dog owner so all I have written here today is what I have personally learned and research myself. It should not replace veterinarian advice.

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FAQs

What food is bad for Chihuahuas? ›

What are Chihuahuas usually allergic to? ›

Causes of Skin Allergies

Environmental factors, such as tree pollens, molds, grasses, or dust mites, may also be responsible for Chihuahua skin allergies. Genetic and environmental reactions often take the form of chronic itchiness, hair loss, and hot spots.

What is the main cause of death for Chihuahuas? ›

The average adult Chihuahua bodyweight was 3.4kg. The average Chihuahua lifespan was 8.2 years. Females (10.2 years) generally outlived males (6.9 years). The most common causes of Chihuahua deaths were heart disease (18.8%), lower respiratory tract disorder 16.3% and traumatic injury (13.8%).

What fruits are bad for Chihuahuas? ›

What Fruits Are Not Good for Dogs?
  • Avocado. This fruit contains persin, a toxin that makes dogs throw up and have diarrhea.
  • Cherries. Cherry pits contain cyanide. ...
  • Grapes. Grapes can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs. ...
  • Tomatoes. The green parts of the tomato plant have solanine, which is toxic to dogs.
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Is chicken bad for Chihuahuas? ›

Chicken: Can Eat

Cooked chicken is a healthy food that is safe for most dogs to eat. Chicken is one of the most common ingredients used in dog foods, as it is an excellent source of protein, which your dog needs to stay healthy. You can feed your dog chicken on its own or combine it with his regular food (38, 39 ).

What meat is best for Chihuahua? ›

The short answer: meat. No matter what variation of diet, a Chihuahua's primary food choice should be meat. That means you can feed your pup chicken, fish, beef, lamb, and pork.

What food allergies do Chihuahuas have? ›

The most common food allergens in dogs are proteins, especially those from dairy, beef, chicken, chicken eggs, soy, or wheat gluten. Each time a pet eats food containing these substances, the antibodies react with the antigens, and symptoms occur.

What can I feed my Chihuahua with allergies? ›

Best Foods for Dogs with Allergies
  • Canine Hydrolyzed Protein Small Dog Dry Dog Food.
  • Hill's Prescription Diet® d/d Canine Potato & Venison Formula.
  • Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula.
  • Hill's Prescription Diet® Dog i/d® Sensitive Dry.
10 Jun 2020

Do Chihuahuas itch a lot? ›

In dogs, rather than sneezing, allergies make their skin itchy. We call this skin allergy “atopy”, and Chihuahuas often have it. The feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears are most commonly affected. Symptoms typically start between the ages of one and three and can get worse every year.

What is the number one killer of Chihuahuas? ›

The leading cause of death in chihuahuas is cardiovascular disease. 18.5% of the little dogs died due to heart disease. It is most common among adult dogs over the age of 14. Apart from that, trauma and infection are also the cause of deaths amongst chihuahuas.

How many years do Chihuahuas live? ›

Why do Chihuahuas shake? ›

Chihuahuas naturally have high metabolisms, which can make them shiver when they get excited or anxious. It also affects their ability to regulate body temperature. When an animal has a high metabolism, he burns off body heat quickly.

Can dogs eat ice cream? ›

Dogs Don't Digest Milk Well

Ice cream can cause your dog gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or vomiting. Remember, your dog can't voice their concerns to you, so while they might look OK on the outside, they could be experiencing some major digestive issues on the inside.

Is cheese bad for dogs? ›

While cheese can be safe to feed to your dog, there are some things to remember. Cheese is high in fat, and feeding too much to your dog regularly can cause weight gain and lead to obesity. Even more problematic, it could lead to pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal illness in dogs.

Is banana good for Chihuahua? ›

Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They're high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog's main diet.

Can Chihuahuas have peanut butter? ›

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and does not contain xylitol, so get out that pet-safe peanut butter jar and share the good news.

Can dogs eat popcorn? ›

Yes and no. Plain, air-popped popcorn is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. Buttered popcorn or popcorn with other toppings is not safe for your dog on a regular basis, although eating a few dropped pieces here and there probably won't hurt them.

What meat should dogs not eat? ›

Bacon, Ham and Fat Trimmings

Bacon, bacon grease, ham, and fat trimmed off meat or bones contains a lot of salt and/or fat and at the least can cause indigestion, vomiting, and diarrhea in both dogs and cats. These foods can also cause pancreatitis, a serious, potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas.

How often should a Chihuahua be bathed? ›

The general rule of thumb seems to suggest once a month is about right and once every three months is the minimum. A good reason for bathing your chihuahua is the opportunity to check for skin abrasions, lumps, fleas and bites. They are much easier to see when their fur is wet.

Can Chihuahua eat eggs? ›

Eggs are perfectly safe for dogs, Eggs are a great source of nutrition for your canine companion. They are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and fatty acids that help support your dog inside and out. Remember that eggs are only as good as the chicken they come from.

Are Chihuahuas allergic to pork? ›

Dogs can be allergic to nearly any specific food ingredient. However, there are certain meats and grains that are more likely to cause an allergic reaction in your dog. These include: Pork.

Are Chihuahuas sensitive? ›

DogTime describes Chihuahuas as high sensitivity dogs. So, compared to other dogs who will accept a reprimand or a stern look, a Chihuahua will be highly sensitive to your emotional nuances.

Why does my Chihuahua keep scratching? ›

Reasons Why Dogs Compulsively Scratch, Lick, or Chew

Dogs scratch, lick, or chew for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from allergies to boredom to parasite infestation: Allergies. When dog scratching gets out of hand, it is often the result of allergies to food or environmental triggers, including mold and pollen.

What can I feed my dog to stop itching? ›

Here are a few common supplements recommended by veterinarians.
  • Fish Oil. The Omega-3 fats found in fish oil help reduce inflammation, which can lessen the intensity of many allergies. ...
  • Coconut Oil. Coconut oil can improve many skin conditions including itchiness and dryness. ...
  • Digestive Enzymes. ...
  • Quercetin. ...
  • Yucca.
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What can Chihuahuas drink? ›

Chihuahuas and Milk Products
  • Milk (drinking plain milk or adding this to foods)
  • Yogurt.
  • Cheese (hard and soft)
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Ice cream.

What are Chihuahuas known for? ›

They like attention and are loyal to their owners. Even though they are considered lap dogs, they are active and like to be kept occupied. Chihuahuas are good family pets when treated respectfully, but they have a reputation for snapping at strangers or small children who may be threatening to their diminutive size.

What can you put in a Chihuahua for dry skin? ›

Here are 10 simple solutions that can help soothe your pup's dry skin:
  • A Well-Balanced Diet. Optimal skin and coat health are achieved from the outside in. ...
  • Coconut Oil. ...
  • Vitamin E Oil. ...
  • Chamomile or Green Tea Bath. ...
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. ...
  • DIY Oatmeal Shampoo. ...
  • Olive Oil. ...
  • Plain, Unsweetened Yogurt.

Why do Chihuahuas eyes leak? ›

Tear stains can be due to several reasons: certain health problems (like ear infections and ingrown eyelashes to name a few), the shape of the eyes, blocked tear ducts, puppy teething, or allergies related to food, the environment, or even seasonal allergies.

What's the longest a Chihuahua can live? ›

#1 Chihuahua

Chihuahuas live an average of 15 to 20 years. The longest living Chihuahua recorded is a 20 years old Chihuahua called 'megabyte'. Some people said that they can live long largely because they are not prone to any serious illness. The Chihuahua is full of spirit, bold and intelligent.

How can I keep my Chihuahua heart healthy? ›

Preventing heart disease in chihuahuas
  1. These symptoms could include:
  2. Keep your chihuahua at a healthy weight. ...
  3. Make sure your chihuahua has a healthy diet that has a variety of fresh veg, proteins and healthy fats. ...
  4. Get plenty of exercise. ...
  5. Avoid smoking or vaping around your dog. ...
  6. Keep their teeth clean.
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How cold is too cold for a Chihuahua? ›

According to intermountainpet.com, small dogs like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers can typically deal with temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees. Owners should keep an eye on their dogs to see how they react to temperatures below that threshold.

Do Chihuahuas like to be held? ›

Known for their playful, affectionate, and heart-melting looks, the Chihuahuas love to cuddle with their beloved humans. They enjoy settling down in their owner's lap. As they are tiny in size, cuddling and snuggling provide them warmth and comfort, especially in cold climates.

What is a group of Chihuahuas called? ›

A group of chihuahuas is often referred to formally as a pack, just like the collective term used for a group of dogs. Although informally, they are commonly called a chatter. They have also been referred to as a swarm, army, skitter, herd, powow, or yap of chis.

Why does my Chihuahua follow me everywhere? ›

If your dog follows you everywhere then it's a sign that they trust and love you and that you make them feel safe. Following you very closely can be a sign that they're bored, they want something, they're feeling scared or are just being nosy.

Why do Chihuahuas sleep under covers? ›

A Chihuahua's high metabolism is one of the reasons that they often get cold. Their bodies are working so hard to metabolize things that their extremities can get cold. Chihuahuas might climb under the pillows on your couch or under the covers in your beds during the day just to warm up their legs and ears.

Why do Chihuahuas raise their paw? ›

The lifting of a front paw can be a sign of stress or fear. The animal may be facing a situation in which he or she feels insecure or even threatened. In these cases, lifting the paw is a signal of uncertainty, and owners should try to reassure the animals they are not under threat.

Can dogs eat french fries? ›

French fries are high in salt, fat, and carbs, which can lead to canine weight gain. Restaurant or fast food fries can be hazardous to dogs because of their exceptionally high salt content. Additionally, restaurant-prepared fries often contain seasonings harmful to dogs, like garlic or onion powder.

Can dogs eat applesauce? ›

Can Dogs Eat Applesauce? Yes, dogs can safely eat plain applesauce! But applesauce generally includes added sugars, so always choose unsweetened applesauce and give it to them in moderation.

Is oatmeal OK for dogs? ›

Carly Fox of New York City's Animal Medical Center. “It is a great alternative carbohydrate for dogs that may be sensitive to wheat or grains.” Oatmeal contains vitamin B, which helps maintain a healthy coat, and linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps to maintain the strength of dogs' skin.

Can dogs eat pasta? ›

Dogs can eat plain white rice or pasta after it's cooked. And, a serving of plain white rice with some boiled chicken can sometimes make your dog feel better when they are having stomach problems.

Is bread bad for dogs? ›

The short answer to the question “can dogs eat bread?” is yes. Dogs can safely eat bread in much the same way as humans—in moderation. Plain white and wheat bread are generally safe for dogs to eat, provided they don't have any allergies, and it usually does not cause any stomach upset.

Can dogs eat pizza? ›

The bottom line is that you should never give pizza to your dog, whether as a meal or a treat. They might experience a slight stomach upset if they're sensitive to dairy, due to the excess fat, but overall in many cases dogs are fine.

What vegetables dog Cannot eat? ›

Our guide to fruit and vegetables which are toxic for dogs
  • Grapes and raisins. The first on our list has to be grapes and raisins. ...
  • Avocados. ...
  • Pips, seeds and stones. ...
  • Mushrooms. ...
  • Nuts. ...
  • Unripe tomatoes. ...
  • Onions and garlic. ...
  • Nutmeg.

Can dogs have yogurt? ›

Is Yogurt Good For Dogs? Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system. If you feed your dog yogurt, it should be plain and free of any added sweeteners, both natural and artificial.

What should Chihuahuas eat? ›

Chihuahuas eat a variety of muscle meats, organs, eggs, vegetables, and fruits. Chihuahuas eat a diet consisting of muscle meat from chicken, turkey, bison, beef, lamb or fish, organs, bones, eggs, vegetables, and fruit in the form of kibble, wet food, or home-prepared meals that are raw or cooked.

Can Chihuahuas eat regular food? ›

A dog's digestive system is different from a human's. Typical human food is much too rich and fatty for a dog to properly digest; eating it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and even more severe conditions like pancreatitis. Many human foods also contain an unhealthy amount of sodium for dogs.

Do Chihuahuas need grain free food? ›

Despite his tiny size, your Chihuahua retains most of the biological adaptations of his wolf ancestors – this means that while he'll readily eat fruits, vegetables, and grains, what he really wants a meat-based diet! Select food without artificial flavors, colors and other non-essential additives.

Do Chihuahuas have sensitive stomachs? ›

Diet-Related Health Issues in Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas have very sensitive stomachs and a poor diet can cause a rapid onset of health problems. While obesity is a major concern, a poor diet can also cause joint and back issues (due to extra weight), heart and lung disease, and a reduction in immune strength.

Can Chihuahua eat scrambled egg? ›

How To Feed Your Dog Eggs. Eggs should be cooked before given to a dog. Cook or boil eggs plain without oil, butter, salt, seasoning, spices, or other additives. It doesn't matter how your dog likes their eggs — sunny side up, scrambled, or hard boiled — as long as they are cooked.

Can Chihuahuas have peanut butter? ›

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and does not contain xylitol, so get out that pet-safe peanut butter jar and share the good news.

Can dogs eat ice cream? ›

Dogs Don't Digest Milk Well

Ice cream can cause your dog gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or vomiting. Remember, your dog can't voice their concerns to you, so while they might look OK on the outside, they could be experiencing some major digestive issues on the inside.

Can dogs have ice cream? ›

But is ice cream really a harmless treat for dogs, or will it cause a major bellyache? Unfortunately, although it may be tempting to share your cone with your four-legged friend, it's best to avoid giving ice cream to dogs.

Can dogs have cheese? ›

Yes, dogs can eat cheese. In fact, cheese is often a great training tool, especially for puppies.

How often should you bathe your Chihuahua? ›

The general rule of thumb seems to suggest once a month is about right and once every three months is the minimum. A good reason for bathing your chihuahua is the opportunity to check for skin abrasions, lumps, fleas and bites. They are much easier to see when their fur is wet.

What can Chihuahuas drink? ›

Chihuahuas and Milk Products
  • Milk (drinking plain milk or adding this to foods)
  • Yogurt.
  • Cheese (hard and soft)
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Ice cream.

What do Chihuahuas like to play with? ›

One great option is to get him stuffed toys rather than plastic or hard toys. Stuffed toys are easy for your chihuahua to crush and put in their mouth, and they're quite light for him to carry around. These toys are great for him to use when you aren't able to play with him.

How long does a Chihuahua live? ›

Is it better to have two Chihuahuas or one? ›

Having more than one chihuahua is generally better for the dogs. But beware, chihuahuas don't always get on with other breeds. They are known for their preference for a chihuahua based pack.

Why is my Chihuahua vomiting white foam? ›

The most common reason for a dog to throw up white foam is GI distress. Foamy vomit may occur if a pooch has excess gas in his stomach. If your dog is experiencing indigestion and there's nothing left in his stomach to expel, he may start throwing up this pale, frothy liquid or foam.

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