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What food is bad for Chihuahua?

Many common foods that are completely safe for us can lead to Chihuahua‘s serious illness. We’ve all heard that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but you may be surprised to find that there are other foods on the list besides chocolate. Let’s have a look.

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1. Wine

Alcohol (alcohol) is highly toxic to Chihuahua. It inhibits the central nervous system and respiratory system while damaging the heart, kidney, and liver.
Symptoms of alcoholism include vomiting, lethargy, weakness, loss of motor skills, dehydration, respiratory depression, dyspnea, excessive urination and/or involuntary, wheezing, hypothermia, hypoglycemia (hypoglycemia), and abdominal pain. Severe cases may have epilepsy, coma, metabolic acidosis, and death. Symptoms usually occur within 30 to 45 minutes after exposure.
The lethal alcohol dose depends on the Chihuahua’s weight, symptoms, and the type and amount of alcohol consumed. Beer generally has an alcohol concentration of 4% to 6%, while wine has an alcohol concentration of 9% to 16%. However, liquor is the most dangerous, some varieties have abv content as high as 80%. It’s not good enough for a chihuahua to drink a few cocktails high enough for us.
According to Justine A. Lee, an emergency intensive care veterinarian, most cases of canine alcoholism do not involve beer, wine, or white wine, but eat alcoholic foods such as cakes soaked in rum and unbaked bread dough. Chihuahua is more likely to eat a full cake or a piece of dough than to drink a whole glass of alcohol.
In addition to beer, wine, and liquor, the following may contain alcohol or compounds that can be converted into alcohol: fermented fruits, fermented fruit juice, and soda water, dough, energy drinks, etc.

2. Coffee

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and about 83% of American adults drink coffee every day. But if your day starts with a hot cup of coffee, you should keep it away from your Chihuahua. Coffee and other common foods and beverages contain the crystalline purine stimulator caffeine, which is toxic to dogs. Unlike humans, our Chihuahua companions are unable to metabolize caffeine effectively, leading to an increased effect of the substance.
Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include hyperactivity, excitement, dehydration, wheezing, shivering, hyperthermia, increased saliva, vomiting, and tremor. In severe cases, seizures and death may occur. Symptoms usually occur within 1 to 2 hours after exposure.
Caffeine, 75 mg per pound, is fatal to Chihuahua. For example, if your Chihuahua weighs 5 pounds, 375 mg of caffeine can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, 225 milligrams can be fatal.

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3. Chocolate

According to the website’s statistics, pet poisoning hotline receives more calls about chocolate poisoning than any other food or substance. Chocolate contains two methylxanthine compounds that are toxic to dogs: caffeine and theobromine, which are particularly harmful to human best friend Chihuahua.
Theobromine, formerly known as fulvic acid, is the main alkaloid in cocoa and chocolate. When swallowed by Chihuahua, it triggers the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine, which can lead to cardiovascular problems such as increased heart rate and arrhythmias. Dogs metabolize theobromine more slowly than humans, so while chocolate bars are a safe snack for us, they can be fatal to a Chihuahua.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include hyperactivity, excitement, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, excessive urination, tremor, increased thirst, wheezing, and hypotension. In severe cases, coma, heart failure, seizures, and death may occur. Symptoms are usually visible within 6 to 12 hours of exposure.
Theobromine at a dose of 100 mg per pound of bodyweight is fatal to Chihuahua. For example, if your Chihuahua weighs 5 pounds, taking 500 mg of theobromine can be fatal. If your Chihuahua weighs three pounds, 300 milligrams can be fatal.