Knowing the most dangerous foods for your Frenchie is essential in keeping your little French Fry safe. French Bulldogs can act like little Roombas scanning the floors and consuming everything they find consumable. It is important for the whole household to be educated on the foods that your little French Fry should not eat. Let’s talk about some of the 10 top most dangerous foods for them. Remember this is not a complete list.
Grapes & Raisins
You would think that an innocent little grape or raisin would be good for your Frenchie but think again. They can cause vomiting, lethargy, and even kidney failure for your little one. Steer clear of giving them in and watch your little human tikes closely that they aren’t sharing any under the table.
This is a biggie. It’s an artificial sweetener in many candies, gums, toothpaste, and diet foods. Xylitol causes in increase in insulin levels in your Frenchies circulation resulting in a severe drop in blood sugar and can even lead to liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination that can lead to seizures. Keep your gum and toothpaste up high and out of reach of your Frenchies. I can tell you I’ve had a little mini heart attacks when I left my purse down and someone had helped themselves to the gum. Fortunately, I caught it in time and they just were chomping on the container and hadn’t reach the gum yet. When I worked as a compounding pharmacist, we had signs everywhere to remind us not to use any bases with xylitol in it when making medications for our furry friends.
My Frenchies look at chocolate longingly but it is a forbidden food. Theobromine in chocolate can bring on abnormal heartbeats, seizures, tremors, and death. Dark and unsweetened baking varieties are the most dangerous as they have the strongest sources of theobromine.
Bones are a choking hazard. Many people say raw bones are ok. They are likely “better” than cooked as the cooked bones splinter. I will tell you from personal experience I will never ever again give a raw bone to a dog as mine had the freakiest of accidents with one and I had to put her down. Please never, ever give your Frenchie a bone of any sort as it can puncture its throat and digestive tract. I can find better ways to helping my Frenchie with dental health and they can live with bad teeth. Not saying they should have bad teeth but just making a point.
It is dangerous for Frenchies to eat cough that is uncooked and still rising as it will rise inside its stomach causing swelling and severe pain. The yeast may also ferment, producing alcohol, and may lead to more problems.
Macadamia nuts are toxic for dogs with as little as 2.4g/kg causing signs of poisoning such as tremors, weakness, paralysis of the hind quarters, vomiting, fever, and rapid heartbeat. Keep your chocolate covered macadamia nuts and macadamia nut cookies for from their reach.
Fruit pits and seeds
These can block your pups digestive tract and certain pits like peaches and plums contain cyanide which are poisonous for them. It is ok for them to eat the fruit just make sure to remove the pit.
Alcohol does the same thing in dogs as humans by harming the liver and brain. The harmful effects can be seen in much smaller quantities and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, comas, and even death. The smaller the dog, the bigger the effect can be.
Onions contain a substance that can damage or destroy a dog’s red blood cells which may lead to anemia. Signs of anemia include weakness, pale gums, disinterest in food, dullness, and breathlessness. Be careful feeding your Frenchie your leftovers as they may contain onion and the risk can come in all forms such as raw, powdered, cooked, or dehydrated.
Caffeine from coffee, soda, cocoa, tea, energy drinks, and even some pain killers can cause irreparable damage and poisoning if large enough quantities are consumed. Symptoms include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors. Remember, do not leave your coffee in a place they can sip some as well such as the coffee table. I’ve had a few of mine help themselves from time to time. Fortunately, I’ve caught them right away.
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