What Foods Should I Never Give To My Bull Terrier?

Dog parents enjoy sharing their hearts, home, and food with their beloved Bull Terriers. Many of the human foods that we can digest easily can wreak havoc on your Bull Terrier’s body, leading to serious health problems. On the other hand, some foods can be easily digested by a Bull Terrier. 

Choosing healthy foods for your Bull Terrier is not always easy. There are plenty of foods out there and one tends to get easily confused.

It is important to learn which human foods are safe and which are toxic for your Bull Terrier. Be mindful that even safe and healthy human foods fed in excess to Bull Terriers can lead to health problems.

What foods should I never give to my Bull Terrier?

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Foods That Not Are Safe For Dogs

Learn which nine items are particularly dangerous for your Bull Terrier.

  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate is highly toxic food for Bull Terriers. It contains theobromine and caffeine which your Bull Terriers cannot metabolize easily. Always keep chocolate away from your pets. Dark chocolate is the most harmful of all. Even just a little bit of dark chocolate can be toxic. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity in Bull Terriers may include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and even coma and heart problems in extreme cases.

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Beer, wine, or anything that includes alcohol is toxic for Bull Terriers. They have a huge impact on dogs, even in small doses. These beverages can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system damage, decreased coordination, loss of consciousness, and respiratory failure.

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Grapes and raisins are the classic companions of many parties and feasts. They can be very dangerous and toxic for your Bull Terrier. Your Bull Terrier cannot easily digest them and may start vomiting soon after eating them. This may result in dehydration or kidney failure. It is always best to keep grapes and raisins out of your Bull Terrier's reach.

  • Cooked bones
  • If you are having roasted turkey or chicken for dinner, don't give the leftover cooked bones to your Bull Terrier. Cooked bones may become lodged in your Bull Terrier’s throat or mouth. These bones might also splinter inside the bowel and cause a blockage in your dog’s intestine. This might cause internal damage and may lead to dental issues in Bull Terriers.

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Desserts including cakes, cookies, or pies that contain artificial sweeteners like Xylitol should be avoided. Speaking of sugary foods, don’t let your Bull Terrier eat anything high in processed sugars and artificial sweeteners. This is highly toxic for dogs. It can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels and may lead to hyperglycemia and diabetes. Too much sugar can also give your Bull Terrier a bellyache.

  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts can be toxic for your Bull Terrier. A toxin present in macadamia nuts can cause neurological problems or tremors in Bull Terriers. Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, wobbly gait, or hyperthermia.

  • Onion and garlic
  • Always keep onions and garlic away from your dog. These veggies are toxic and can cause anemia and damage to your Bull Terrier's red blood cells. Prolonged consumption of onion and garlic can lead to GI irritation and digestive problems. If eaten in large volumes, raw garlic and onions can cause gastrointestinal problems, lethargy, and anemia. Always ensure that the veggies that you feed your Bull Terriers do not include onion and garlic. 

  • Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon is not actually toxic to dogs but it’s perhaps best to avoid feeding it to them. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of your Bull Terrier’s mouth and make them sick. It can also lower a Bull Terrier’s blood sugar level and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and even liver disease. 

  • Avocados
  • Avocados should never be consumed by Bull Terriers. They contain a toxin called 'persin' that is toxic to Bull Terriers. It may lead to fluid accumulation in their lungs and chest, and eventually cause breathing difficulties  and oxygen deprivation. Persin is found in all parts of the avocado. 

  • Coffee and tea
  • While you may enjoy a morning cup of tea or coffee, your Bull Terrier should stick to tried-and-true water. Coffee and tea are toxic for Bull Terriers due to their caffeine contents. Caffeine stimulates your dog’s nervous system, which can lead to hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, elevated heart rate, seizures and tremors. Caffeine might also cause lung failure and abnormal heart rhythm and may ultimately lead to death. You should always keep coffee and tea out of your Bull Terrier’s reach. 

    Signs of poisoning or an allergic reaction in Bull Terriers

    Signs of poisoning or an allergic reaction in Bull Terriers include: 

    • Vomiting
    • Muscle Shakes
    • Fever
    • Intense Scratching
    • Weakness In The Limbs
    • Diarrhea
    • Breathing Problems
    • Sluggishness.

    If your Bull Terrier shows any of these symptoms, get them to the vet immediately!

    Foods that are safe for Bull Terriers

    Below are some safe and satisfying foods that you can share with your Bull Terrier: 

    1. Turkey breast
    2. Certain raw veggies like green beans, carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower
    3. Pumpkin
    4. Cheese
    5. Most of the fruits including blueberries, watermelon, peaches, apples, bananas, and strawberries
    6. Salmon
    7. Eggs
    8. Corn
    9. Bread
    10. Peanut butter 

    Final Thoughts 

    Some foods are safe and healthy for Bull Terriers to eat, while others are toxic and could even be fatal. By now, you must have a good idea of what foods should be given to your Bull Terrier. With this list in mind, you’ll be able to keep an eye on the foods that can make your Bull Terrier sick.

    Just make sure to only feed your Bull Terrier foods that are safe for them. If your pet eats something that is toxic for them, contact your vet as soon as possible.

    Remember that all foods should be introduced into your dog’s diet gradually. This will help you to monitor your dog for reactions and adverse effects.

    What foods do your Bull Terrier enjoys the most? Share your experience with us. We would be happy to hear from you!

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    1 comment

    Thoughts on peanut butter ? How much is ok??l like I put in kong and freeze… what other things can you fill to freeze (have heard baby food ?)

    Michele Clark

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