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Foods Your Bulldog Should Avoid

Updated: Jan 1, 2022

Bulldogs can be sneaky and opportunistic when it comes to getting their paws on food however not all foods are safe for dogs to consume and can in fact be very toxic for dogs. We have listed a few of the everyday foods that can be harmful to your bulldog.


No matter how much your would like to share your love of chocolate with your furry friend chocolate is a poisonous food for dogs. It contains theobromine which to a lesser extent is caffeine. Humans process theobromine easily, but dogs don't. Dogs process theobromine and caffeine slowly, which allows these toxic compounds to build up in their systems and cause clinical signs associated with chocolate toxicity and can lead to kidney failure.


All parts of the onion plant are toxic to dogs, including the flesh, leaves, juice, and processed powders. Raw or cooked, fried or powdered, onions and the rest of the allium family (garlic, shallots, leeks, and chives) are harmful to dogs.

Artificial Sweetener (Xylitol)

Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, or even death in dogs. Xylitol can be found it products such as;

  • Breath mints

  • Cough syrup

  • Human chewable vitamins

  • Mouth wash

  • Toothpaste

  • Some peanut butters and nut butters

  • Chewing gum

  • Some baked goods can contain xylitol as a substitute for sweeteners

Cooked Bones

Giving your dog a raw uncooked bone to chew on is great, but avoid cooked bones at all cost. These can easily splinter and in large quantities cause constipation or at worst, a perforation of the gut which can be fatal.

Grapes and Raisins

Dogs cannot eat peeled or seedless grapes or raisins—which are dried grapes—and they are not safe in any amount. The exact cause of toxicity in dogs after they ingest a grape is not known, nor is the amount. Some dogs may suffer more severe reactions than others.


Although avocados are present in most households it is important to remember that this fruit is toxic to dogs as they contain persin. Persin is present in the avocado fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant, so all of these parts are potentially poisonous to your dog. It is unknown the amount that can cause problems for your dog however it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and myocardial damage, Another concern is the stone at the center of the fruit, which may cause choking.

Macadamia Nuts

Your dog would only need to eat a small amount of food containing these nuts to experience negative results. Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can affect your dog’s muscles and nervous system resulting in weakness, swollen limbs and panting.


Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol.

Peaches And Plums

The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits. Peach and plum pits also have cyanide, which is poisonous to people and dogs. People know not to eat them, Dogs don't. They are also a major choking hazard to dogs.


Seeds from persimmons can cause problems in a dog's small intestine. They can also block their intestines.

What To Do If Your Dog Consumes Toxic Foods?

Contact your vet immediately for an emergency appointment if your dog has eaten something harmful. Never wait to see if a problem develops - your dog could become very ill or even die without treatment.

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