Your Chihuahua wants to try your food and plays the puppy eyes trick on you again…
You can barely resist giving your Chi a bite. Maybe you give in.
But then you ask yourself ‘Can my Chihuahua eat this?’
Knowing what your Chi can eat is crucial. If you make a mistake, it could cost you your Chi’s life…
In this article, you’ll find: 37 human foods Chihuahuas can and can’t eat, plus:
- How to prepare the food you want to give to your Chi.
- Exactly how much quantity of a certain food is safe to feed to your Chi.
- What the symptoms of food poisoning are and what to do after you notice them.
- And more…
Fresh fruit is one of life’s simple pleasures. Your Chi thinks so too!
You may be curious about which fruits your Chi can have.
Keep in mind: All fruits should be washed before eating. It is important to rinse off any chemicals and dirt.
Chis are small. And by being so tiny, they are particularly affected by what they eat. Since fruit contains sugar, limit the amount given.
Remember: All fruits will be high in sugar for your Chi. And Chihuahuas are sensitive to too much sugar. A high amount of sugar can cause issues for your Chi’s tiny body.
#1: Can Chihuahuas eat bananas?
Chihuahuas can eat bananas. Bananas are high in potassium, magnesium, and fiber. All three of these should be part of a healthy diet for a Chihuahua. The best way to give bananas to your Chi is to prepare bite-sized chunks. They can be given as snacks.
Did you know that bananas are the most popular fruit in the world?
National Geographic reports:
‘ – [bananas] account for roughly 75 percent of the tropical fruit trade, and more than a hundred billion are eaten annually.’
The soft texture makes it easy for dogs to chew. The texture also lends a great base for making dog treats.
Note: Bananas should only be used as small treats. They are very high in sugar. Dogs do not process sugar well, even natural sugar.
Banana peels are not toxic though. Although they can be eaten, they will be hard to digest.
#2: Can Chihuahuas eat apples?
Chihuahuas can eat apples. Peel, core, deseed, and cut the apple into small pieces before you give it to your Chihuahua. A gentle dose of fiber can help relieve constipation. Plus, the texture of an apple slice will help to clean your Chihuahua’s teeth (Chihuahuas are more prone to dental issues).
The American Kennel Club states that apples are a good source of:
- Vitamin A.
- Vitamin C.
Caution: The stem, core, or seeds of an apple should not be eaten.
#3: Can Chihuahuas eat strawberries?
Chihuahuas can eat strawberries! Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and fiber. Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants. These can help keep your dog healthy. Plus, they contain an enzyme that helps clean your Chi’s teeth.
Is there anything better than a ripe strawberry?
Sharing it with your furry friend!
Fun fact: Dogs do not actually need Vitamin C. Unlike humans, dogs produce their own vitamin C.
#4: Can Chihuahuas eat grapes?
Chihuahuas cannot eat grapes. All colors and varieties of grapes are very harmful and toxic to dogs. Acute sudden kidney failure can occur. Symptoms can develop within hours. Dried grapes or raisins are also hazardous to Chihuahuas. Keep grapes away from your dog.
Symptoms of grape poisoning include:
- Lack of appetite.
- Unusual urine or urination.
Caution: In some cases, no symptoms are present. This condition is highly dangerous. Without prompt treatment, it is often fatal. If you see your Chi ingesting grapes, hed to the vet.
#5: Can Chihuahuas eat watermelon?
Chihuahuas can eat watermelon. That’s because melon is made of mostly water. This makes it a good source of hydration. Cut the watermelon up into small pieces. Remove the seeds because they can cause blockage or injury. Throw away the rind because it can lead to gastrointestinal issues.
#6: Can Chihuahuas eat oranges?
Chihuahuas can eat oranges. Dogs can eat these and other citrus fruits. Your Chihuahua may not want to eat them though. Dogs rarely like them. This may be due to its tart and acidic taste.
Caution: The acidity can upset your Chi’s stomach. It can also injure the intestines or digestive tract.
A bit more about oranges:
- The seeds can be toxic.
- The peel should not be eaten.
- Only feed very small amounts of the flesh.
#7: Can Chihuahuas eat blueberries?
Blueberries are safe for Chihuahuas to eat and make a great snack. Blueberries are known for being high in antioxidants. These are beneficial to a dog’s diet. They also have high levels of vitamins. To prevent choking feed blueberries one at a time and cut in half to make it smaller.
It’s adorable to watch your Chi eat blueberries.
Warning: Blueberries tend to be high in natural sugar. Like bananas, they should only be served as treats.
Try frozen blueberries for a refreshing summer treat. This cool treat can be kept for months.
Dried blueberries are great for making homemade dog treats. Be sure to buy the ones without added sugar. Rehydrate dried fruit with water, to make eating easier.
#8: Can Chihuahuas eat pineapple?
Pineapple must be properly peeled and cored to be safe for you Chi. The outer peel can be sharp. This can cause injury to your Chi’s mouth. The core is very thick and hard. This, too, can cause injury or strain. Additionally, pineapple is very acidic.
Too much acidic fruit can cause:
- Irritated mouth.
- Irritated bowels.
- Upset stomach.
Pineapple should be given in small and infrequent servings.
If you are giving Chihuahua pineapple for the first time:
- Give a very small amount.
- Watch for any signs of irritation.
- Contact your vet if a reaction occurs.
Fun fact: Pineapple is used to treat Coprophagia in dogs. Coprophagia is when dogs eat poop.
According to Animal Planet:
‘A lot of dogs will eat poop because they are bored – it will become a toy, another source of play.’
Other reasons include:
- To get attention.
- It’s become a habit.
- Hiding evidence if they went in the house.
Pineapple can be a useful home remedy for this condition. It can also cut down on vet costs.
Caution: If Coprophagia persists in your Chi, contact your vet.
#9: Can Chihuahuas eat mango?
Chihuahuas love mango. And it’s good for them. It contains lots of vitamins. Mango’s nutrients help support healthy eye function. However, the mango pit contains cyanide. This is toxic for Chihuahuas. The pit is also too big and can cause jaw injury. The peel can be hazardous as well.
#10: Can Chihuahuas eat cherries?
Chihuahuas can eat cherries but it’s not recommended. The flesh of cherries is okay but the stem and the pit are bad for dogs. This is due to their levels of cyanide. Dried, canned, or jarred cherries often contain sugar or corn syrup. Sugars are hard on sensitive Chi stomachs.
The AKC states symptoms can appear up to 24 hours after eating. These include:
- Lack of appetite.
Note: Fresh cherries are high in cyanide. This and the risks listed above, make it a fruit to be avoided.
#11: Can Chihuahuas eat avocado?
Chihuahuas cannot eat avocado. Avocados are unsafe for dogs to consume. The pit, leaves, and flesh all present hazards. Avocados contain persin which is toxic to dogs.
Fun fact: There is a misconception about Chihuahuas and avocado. They are both of Mexican origin. Thus, many believe avocados are safe for Chihuahuas.
This is not the case.
According to the AKC:
‘[Persin is] a fungicidal toxin, which can cause serious health problems – even death – in many animals.’
Note: If your Chi does eat avocado accidentally, don’t panic. Contact your vet immediately. Depending on the quantity eaten, it may require a visit.
#12: Can Chihuahuas eat raspberries?
Chihuahuas can eat raspberries because they contain nutrients such as fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. They’re also low in sugar, have anti-inflammatory properties, and provide beneficial antioxidants. Raspberries also contain trace amounts of xylitol which can be fatal for dogs.
Xylitol is a chemical sugar substitute.
When serving raspberries:
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Use less than half a cup.
#13: Can Chihuahuas eat pears?
Chihuahuas can eat pears. Pears are in the apple family. Fruits of this family are generally safe for dogs to eat. Pears are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Copper, and fiber. Wash the fruit, remove the seeds, and stem to prevent choking. Seeds contain cyanide which is toxic for pets.
Caution: If your Chihuahua suffers from high copper levels, do not feed them pears. Canned pears are not recommended due to high sugar content.
Pears are safe raw or cooked.
#14: Can Chihuahuas eat peaches?
Chihuahuas can safely eat the skin and flesh of a peach. The pit (stone), is not safe for consumption. Peaches have high natural sugar content, so give them only as an occasional snack. Canned peaches are packed in corn syrup with preservatives. Neither is gentle on a dog’s digestive system.
According to Wag:
‘Peach pits are poisonous for dogs. This is due to high levels of cyanide.’
Important: Always prepare peaches for your Chi. Never give them the whole fruit. Dispose of pits immediately.
To serve peaches to your pup:
- Peel the skin.
- Wash the fruit.
- Cut into small pieces.
Remember: No canned fruit cocktail for your dog. Fresh or frozen only.
#15: Can Chihuahuas eat blackberries?
Chihuahuas can eat blackberries. Dark berries have antioxidants that are good for dogs. Antioxidants help fight off viruses and inflammation.
Note: Blackberries are juicy, and the juice can stain. Chihuahuas can be quite messy eaters. Exercise caution if you have carpeting or stainable surfaces.
Freezing the berries allows for easier cutting. It also eliminates some of the mess.
The topic of vegetables can be tricky. Most veggies need to be cooked to be digestible for dogs.
That’s why it’s vital to know what your Chi can eat and how to prepare it.
Note: Always keep vegetables out of reach of pets.
#16: Can Chihuahuas eat carrots?
Chihuahuas can eat carrots. Carrots are the most popular veggie treat for dogs. Chihuahuas enjoy the crunchiness and sweet earthy taste. Crunchiness can help to keep your Chi’s teeth clean. Carrots are highly nutritious as well.
There are several types of carrots:
- Baby carrots.
- Purple carrots.
- Traditional long orange carrots.
- Vitamin K.
- Beta carotene.
Be sure to cut into small pieces for your Chi.
#17: Can Chihuahuas eat tomatoes?
Chihuahuas can partially eat tomatoes because some parts are toxic. The green parts of a tomato plant contain solanine. Green parts of tomato include the stem and leaves. Unripe tomatoes should also be avoided.
According to the AKC large quantities of solanine can be fatal for dogs.
Warning: Eating green tomatoes puts your Chi at risk. They could contract tomatine poisoning. Do not feed your Chi green tomatoes, stems, or leaves.
Ripe tomatoes can be a good treat.
#18: Can Chihuahuas eat mushrooms?
Chihuahuas can eat most store-bought mushrooms. Many varieties sold in the grocery store are also safe. These include Button, Portobello, Shittake. But Chihuahuas should never eat wild mushrooms. Chihuahuas can eat plain mushrooms without spices, as they can upset your Chi’s stomach.
In moist climates, wild mushrooms grow everywhere. Make sure your Chi does not consume them while outside.
Raw mushrooms can be hard to digest.
Cooked mushrooms are okay, as long as you don’t add any butter or spices to them.
Note: Mushrooms don’t make great treats. Chihuahuas often enjoy crunchy veggies more.
#19: Can Chihuahuas eat lettuce?
Chihuahuas can safely eat lettuce. It’s not amongst their favorites though. This is due to the fact that lettuce does not provide much smell, taste, or texture. All types of lettuce are okay for your Chi. Darker lettuces typically contain better nutritional value.
All types are okay from iceberg to butter lettuce. Leafy greens such as kale or spinach are an even better pet-safe option.
If you Chi is a lettuce lover, you’re in luck!
Keep in mind: Raw or cooked leafy greens are okay. The crunchier, the better!
#20: Can Chihuahuas eat onions?
Chihuahuas cannot eat onions. All parts of the onion are toxic to dogs. You shouldn’t feed any kind of onion to your Chi – that includes raw and cooked. Onions contain toxins that cause oxidative damage. It only takes one onion to reach dangerous toxin levels.
Be very careful to keep onions out of reach.
Plus, be wary of what may have onions in it. Onion powders and pastes are in many products.
Warning: Exercise caution when feeding leftovers or human products. Better yet, don’t do it.
#21: Can Chihuahuas eat celery?
Chihuahuas can eat celery. It’s high in fiber but low in appeal to dogs. Stalks and leaves are both safe for consumption. The stringy fibrous texture of celery makes it hard to chew. Thus, it can be a difficult treat for a Chi to eat. When cut into small bites, celery makes a good snack.
- High water content.
All of these can help your Chi stay hydrated.
In some cases, celery can help sick dogs feel better.
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Fish and seafood are a tricky subject with Chihuahuas.
There are many tiny bones, shells, and scales to watch out for. That’s why most owners opt out of feeding their Chi seafood.
#22: Can Chihuahuas eat tuna?
Chihuahuas can eat cooked or canned tuna. Canned tuna should be water-based instead of oil-based. Larger varieties of tuna fish have high levels of mercury. Smaller variations have much lower levels and are safer for Chihuahuas. Your Chi cannot eat raw fish as it can have many bacteria or parasites.
Tuna, like all fish, is controversial as a dog treat.
Some concerns include:
- Small bones.
- High levels of mercury.
This makes them safer for Chihuahuas and other dogs.
These smaller types include:
#23: Can Chihuahuas eat shrimp?
Chihuahuas can eat cooked and peeled shrimp. Shellfish like shrimp are low fat. Low fat treats are great for Chihuahuas, who gain weight easily. Raw shellfish can be dangerous. They may contain bacteria or parasites. Shrimp or other shellfish should be thoroughly cooked and consumed plain.
Avoid cocktail sauces, butter, and lemon juice. Be cautious as well of tails and shells. They can pose a choking hazard.
#24: Can Chihuahuas eat salmon?
Chihuahuas can eat cooked salmon because it contains Omega-3 oil. This oil keeps the coat shiny and healthy, helps with inflammation, and keeps aging joints healthy in senior dogs. You shouldn’t feed salmon skin to your Chi because it’s high in fat and will exceed your Chi’s daily fat intake.
This can lead to weight gain and an upset stomach.
Always be wary of bones in fish! Remove any bones before serving to your Chi.
Wild dogs and wolves are carnivorous. Domesticated dogs, on the other hand, are omnivorous.
And while meat is present into most dog foods and treats, that doesn’t mean they can eat every meat under the sun.
#25: Can Chihuahuas eat hot dogs?
Chihuahuas cannot eat hot dogs. Processed meats like hot dogs have fillers and are unhealthy for Chihuahuas. This is because they are high in fat, sodium, and preservatives. Avoid feeding hot dogs altogether.
If you do choose to use hot dogs as treats:
- Cut into small pieces.
- Fully cook them.
- Use high quality, low-sodium beef.
#26: Can Chihuahuas eat ham?
Chihuahuas cannot eat ham. It’s often bad for them because it’s high in sodium. It also often contains flavorings such as glaze, honey, mustard, and brown sugar. The sodium and flavors can lead to upset stomach, diarrhea, and in severe cases, pancreatitis.
#27: Can Chihuahuas eat bacon?
Chihuahuas can’t eat bacon. It’s risky for your Chihuahua. That’s because it’s high in sodium, fat, and grease (after being cooked). Salt is not good for dogs. Because of their size, Chihuahuas can easily have too much salt. In severe cases, salt causes sodium-ion poisoning.
Sodium-ion poisoning can cause:
I know – Chihuahuas are very cute. Which makes it hard to resist when they beg. But…You must not give in. For the safety of your Chi, avoid bacon.
Note: There are dog treats with bacon flavorings. These are often low sodium.
#28: Can Chihuahuas eat chicken?
Chihuahuas can eat chicken. Lean white meats are great for your Chi. Chicken is safe enough to feed to your dog every day. It can also be used as a special treat. Boiled chicken is moist and tender which makes it easy to eat. Do not give the skin as it is high in fat. Also, do not give bones.
With grilled chicken, do not give them charred chicken pieces.
Some parts of the chicken to avoid:
- The skin – it is high in fat.
- The bones – they can splinter when chewed
Remember: Chicken is healthy for your Chi to eat as long as it’s part of a well-balanced diet. Your Chi is still small and thus will need small portions.
#29: Can Chihuahuas eat turkey?
Chihuahuas can eat turkey meat. It’s high in protein, low in fat, and often used as a base for dog foods. Dogs can eat both light and dark meat. Your dog shouldn’t eat the skin or bones. The best part of the turkey to feed your Chi is the giblets. The heart, liver, and kidneys are safe to eat when cooked.
Boiled or baked is fine.
Warning: Never feed your pet raw meat without consulting with a vet.
Bonus: Can Chihuahuas eat raw meat?
Chihuahuas can eat raw meat because they can digest it. It’s not advisable to feed your Chihuahua raw meat though. That’s due to the risk of your dog getting bacteria such as salmonella and listeria. That’s also the reason why the FDA is against feeding dogs raw meat.
Raw pet diets are becoming more popular. These diets include raw meat and raw eggs. Owners choose to do this, so they know what’s in their dog’s food.
Raw meats and eggs can host many bacteria. The older the product is, the more likely it is to contain bacteria.
Plus, your Chihuahua is unaccustomed to a raw diet. The transition might not only be hard but also dangerous.
This is because you may provide too much sodium or fat.
In the end, it’s your decision. But if you decide to make the switch from kibble to raw dog food, these tips can help:
- Consult with your vet before any major diet changes.
- Work raw meat in slowly for a smooth transition.
- Watch for symptoms of upset stomach or dehydration.
I’ve mentioned some of the most common foods people wonder about.
But hey – let’s not stop here, as there’s more to discuss!
Plus, you’ll find a bonus food at the end!
#30: Can Chihuahuas eat pistachios?
Chihuahuas cannot eat pistachios. These nuts are pretty high in fat. Plus, they sometimes carry mold. This mold is called Aspergillus. It can endanger your Chi’s liver health. So, it’s best to avoid giving your Chi pistachios.
#31: Can Chihuahuas eat almonds?
Chihuahuas cannot eat almonds. Although almonds aren’t toxic to dogs, they’re not easily digestible. They can cause painful obstructions and present a choking hazard. If your Chi eats an almond, watch out for signs of choking, diarrhea, or vomiting. If there are such, immediately contact your vet.
#32: Can Chihuahuas eat peanuts?
Chihuahuas can eat peanuts if they’re plain and unsalted. Peanuts often come in a variety of flavors, including honey-roasted, cajun, and chocolate-covered. Do not give your Chi any of these peanut variations. Avoid peanut shells as well. They can lead to choking and present a digestion hazard.
#33: Can Chihuahuas eat peanut butter?
Chihuahuas can eat peanut butter. Peanut butter is a very popular treat for dogs. Dog treats come in all sorts of peanut butter flavors. From the jar, peanut butter can be used as a treat on a spoon, a filling for certain toys, or as an add-in to dry food. It should be served in moderation.
Peanut butter is high in fat and calories. So, do not exceed 1 – 2 tablespoons per day.
Plus, be sure to buy all-natural peanut butter.
Avoid products that contain:
- Corn syrup.
- Lots of sodium.
- Artificial ingredients.
#34: Can Chihuahuas eat popcorn?
Chihuahuas can eta plain popcorn that contains no butter and salt. Salted and buttered popcorn is not good for your Chihuahua because they’re high in fat.
Now that you know this, it’s okay to cuddle up with your furry friend to watch a movie. And share a bit of plain popcorn with them. Or, give them their own small bowl.
#35: Can Chihuahuas eat bread?
Chihuahuas can eat bread. There’s the possibility that yeast upsets your Chi’s stomach though. It’s also high in calories. That’s why if you feed breed to your Chi, you should give them small pieces. And no more than one slice a day. Always check the bread ingredients as some can be toxic to dogs.
There are plenty of flours that are safe for dogs. You could find a recipe and bake them their own special loaf of bread.
Look out for these bread ingredients that could be toxic to dogs:
- Corn syrup.
- Onion or onion derived ingredients.
#36: Can Chihuahuas eat chocolate?
Chihuahuas can’t eat chocolate. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. This is due to a chemical found in chocolate called theobromine. Small dogs are especially at risk. A bigger dog can eat a small piece of chocolate and be okay. However, Chihuahuas can be at risk with even small pieces of chocolate.
Note: Keep chocolate in high places, far away from your Chi.
If they do manage to eat some, take your Chi to the vet immediately. You may need to induce vomiting.
#37: Can Chihuahuas eat ice cream?
Chihuahuas cannot eat ice cream. This is due to the high sugar levels it contains, plus the additives in it. It’s best to avoid ice cream altogether.
However, you can make a similar treat from bananas. Add in blueberries or peanut butter for extra flavor.
Always serve in moderation.
Bonus: Can Chihuahuas eat oatmeal?
Chihuahuas can eat plain, unsweetened oatmeal. You can give cooked oatmeal to your Chihuahua if they have an upset stomach. It can help to alleviate constipation. This is because oatmeal’s high in fiber. Steel-cut oats (Irish), rolled oats (old fashioned), and quick oats are safe for your Chi.
Note: Look out for added sweeteners. Chihuahuas should only have 1/4 cup of cooked oats.
Always be wary of foods that are not specifically made for dogs. It is best to always do research before serving a new treat.
Always check for:
- High fat.
- High sodium.
- Toxic ingredients.