If you think there might be something wrong with your dog CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN immediately

No doubt about it, people love their dogs.Some people talk to their dogs, some put clothes on them, and, unfortunately, many share their food with their dogs. Sometimes people think they are giving their dogs a treat, and sometimes they are careless about disposing of garbage. What they don’t realize is that some foods can make a dog sick.




Moldy or Spoiled Food. Many American bulldogs find it hard to resist the aroma and taste of garbage. However, American bulldogs can get food poisoning when the trash contains moldy or spoiled food. In addition, some molds can cause tremors in dogs.


Fatty Foods


Fatty Foods. Fats are a special favorite of American bulldogs, and a major reason that they get into the garbage. They may get them as treats, because they obviously enjoy them, or they may get them in table scraps and leftovers. However, fatty foods can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Any dog can develop pancreatitis, but it is most common in miniature or toy poodles, cocker spaniels and miniature schnauzers. A dog with pancreatitis generally has an acute onset of vomiting and sometimes diarrhea. Abdominal pain may cause the bulldog to stand with an arched back. An affected dog may become sick suddenly, and often requires intravenous fluids and antibiotics.


Dairy Products


Dairy Products. Some dairy products are Fatty Foods. In addition, American bulldogs are unable to digest the lactose in dairy products. The lactose irritates their digestive system, causing gas and sometimes diarrhea.




Chocolate – Chocolate is a Fatty Food. It also contains two stimulants, caffeine and theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the more of these stimulants it contains. If an American bulldog has eaten too much chocolate, it may develop symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, a rapid heart rate, and seizures.


Coffee – Coffee grounds (and coffe beans) have high levels of the stimulant caffeine. Similar in effect to chocolate, an American bulldog that has eaten too much coffee grounds (or coffee beans) may develop symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, rapid heart rate, and seizures.


Alcoholic Beverages


Alcohol – American bulldogs and alcohol don’t mix. Although effects in dogs and people are similar, it takes less alcohol to affect a dog. When a bulldog is ‘under the influence’, symptoms may include the odor of alcohol on the breath, staggering, excitement, lethargy, increased urination, and a slowed respiratory rate.


Hops – Hops, a plant used to flavor beer, should be kept away from American bulldogs. Some dog breeds, including Greyhounds, are more sensitive to hops. Small amounts of hops can be deadly to dogs, even after the hops have been used in brewing. Symptoms include muscular rigidity and fever.




Apples and Stone Fruits (Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums) – The leaves, stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits contain a chemical similar to cyanide. An American bulldog that has eaten them may show symptoms including dilated pupils and difficulty breathing.


Avocados – The leaves, bark, fruit and seeds of avocados contain a chemical called ‘persin’. It can cause fluid to build up in the chest and abdomen of an American bulldog, causing symptoms such as difficulty breathing and abdominal swelling.


Grapes and Raisins – An American bulldog that has eaten too many grapes or raisins often vomits a few hours later, but it may not end there. Symptoms of kidney failure may develop after several days.




Onions and Garlic – American bulldog are unable to digest onions and garlic, and may show symptoms like vomiting, gas or diarrhea. In addition, onions and garlic contain a chemical that can cause a American bulldog’s red blood cells to break down, resulting in anemia after a few days. There is more of this chemical in onions than in garlic, and it is not affected by processing. Feeding human baby food to puppies can make them sick if it contains onion powder. Pills sold for ‘natural’ flea control contain only a small amount of garlic and are safe when used as directed, but can be dangerous if a lot are taken at once.




Macadamia Nuts – An American bulldog that has eaten macadamia nuts may show symptoms like vomiting, weakness, stiffness, tremors and fever. Abdominal pain may cause the American bulldog to stand with an arched back. The symptoms generally clear up within a day.


Ingredients for Baking


Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can affect a American bulldog’s electrolyte levels (lowering potassium and calcium, and/or increased sodium). Symptoms include muscle spasms and congestive heart failure.


Nutmeg – There is a chemical in nutmeg that can affect the American bulldog’s nervous system, causing tremors or even seizures.


Xylitol – Some sugar-free products like chewing gum and candy are made with Xylitol, and can cause a sudden drop in an American bulldog’s blood sugar. Symptoms including lethargy, weakness, loss of coordination and seizures can begin in about 30 minutes and last for hours.


Yeast Dough – If an American bulldog eats yeast dough, the dough continues to rise, sometimes stretching the American bulldog’s stomach. The yeast also produces alcohol. Symptoms include vomiting and lethargy. Abdominal pain may cause the dog to stand with an arched back.


If you think there might be something wrong with your dog CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN immediately.