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Bichon Frise: Toxic Foods

You may be tempted to share your Hershey Bar with your Bichon Frise and give her/him a little treat but donít! A lot of the foods we commonly enjoy are often poisonous to your pet. Be sure to instruct everyone in your household (including children) not to feed your pet anything but foods youíre sure wonít harm him. Below is a list of foods that can be toxic to your pet.

Toxic Foods:

  • Chocolate, coffee, tea and cola and foods containing caffeine, Theo bromine or theophylline can affect your petís heart and nervous system and can be. Be toxic (1 oz of unsweetened baking chocolate can be lethal to a small dog). Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your dog has ingested chocolate.
  • Grapes and Raisins contain a toxin, which can cause severe kidney damage or failure.
  • Apple and pear core pips and the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots contain gynogenic glycosides causing cyanide poisoning.
  • Alcohol may cause intoxication, coma and death.
  • Fat trimmings may cause pancreatitis.
  • Onions and garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides. Can cause red blood cell damage and anemia.
  • Macadamia Nuts contain a toxin, which affects muscles, and digestive and nervous systems.
  • XLITOL, an artificial sweetener that attacks the liver and small amounts can be fatal.

Other foods to avoid feeding your pet include:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato, stems & leaves (green parts)
  • Broccoli (large amounts)
  • Potato peels & green potatoes
  • Yeast dough
  • Salt
  • Spoiled or moldy food
  • Tobacco products

This is just a partial list. It is important to be familiar with potentially toxic foods in order to protect your Bichon Friseís health.

You can find a more comprehensive list and poison control information at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Website at www/aspca.org/apcc. In case of an emergency they also have a 24hr/ 365 day a year hotline at 888 426-4435 (a $55 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card). For free advice you can contact the Kansas City State Veterinary Toxicology hotline 24/7 at 785-532-5679.


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