Yorkies and Poisoning

Never assume what we as humans can eat can be eaten by our Yorkies. There are many edible foods/plant items in the home and garden that can make your Yorkie very ill or even cause death. As a pet owner it is your responsibility to learn what is or could be dangerous to your dog. If its edible and in front of them, it is likely they will eat it! Wherever you are, be aware of what is in the environment at all times. SOME FOOD RELATED ITEMS KNOWN TO BE HAZARDOUS TO OUR YORKIES. THIS LIST WAS CREATED BY A YORKIE MUM AND SHARED FOR ALL TO LEARN FROM.

Here is a list of some of the food related items that are known to be hazardous to our Yorkies wellbeing. Sometimes it only takes a small quantity to be eaten to be harmful, other items sometimes consumption needs to be high to do harm. Never assume and always err on the side of caution. Just remember how small our Yorkies are. They have such tiny bodies. Ingesting toxic food or plants will do harm either quickly or slowly. If you suspect your Yorkie has eaten something toxic contact a vet immediately! Yorkies are small and their health will often deteriorate rapidly.

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This is not a complete list by any means. Our recommendation is that you do your own research on the internet as well.

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Apricot, Cherry, Peach, Plums, Loquats stones etc ALSO Apple, pear pips etc (The kernels in the stone fruit and the pips contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in CYANIDE POSIONING)

  • Artificial Sweeteners (Can be found in baking, tea, coffee, chewing gum, low calorie drinks etc. Read labels)

  • Avocados

  • Chocolate (In any form, bar, cake, biscuits, ice cream etc) Chocolate contains Theobromine which can very quickly become fatal – Chocolate also contains caffeine)

  • Coffee/Tea (both contain caffeine)

  • Garlic, Onion and also Onion Powder (Just think about how many products contain these – Baby food, soup, sandwiches) Onions contain a toxic principle known as N-propyl disulfide.

  • Chewing Gum (Can cause blockages or the contain the very toxic sweetener, Xylitol)

  • Hops (Used in home brewing)

  • Nuts: Macadamia, Walnuts, Almond Peanut butter can sometimes contain Xylitol (Artificial sweetener – Check labels!)

  • Mouldy or spoiled food

  • Mushrooms, Mustard seeds, Grapes and Raisins

  • Potato leaves and stems (Green parts) Potatoes fall into the Nightshade family of vegetables. Potatoes contain a substance called solanine. This is potentially toxic to your dog. However, when the potato is plainly cooked, as in roasted/baked, (but not boiled) the levels of solanine is reduced.

  • Tomato leaves and stem (Green parts) and green tomatoes. Tomatoes fall into the Nightshade family of vegetables. (Solanine and its cousin tomatine are the toxins in the green parts) Ripe tomatoes are considered safe for your dog to eat.

  • Rhubarb leaves

  • Human medications

  • Salt

  • Xylitol (Artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)

  • Yeast dough

Please be aware there are many more food related items that could cause harm. Talk to your vet and do research on the internet to find out more.

Creating this list I have pulled information from a great many websites and cross checked the information I have found. This list is created in good faith.

FAQ Yorkie Questions

Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Yorkshire Terriers.