Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are
often referred to as the ‘toy breed’ because they are small, cute, and full of
But as much as we love them, owning a Yorkie has its downside as they
have a pretty sensitive stomach, making them prone to gastrointestinal and
pancreatitis. Therefore, it’s important to note that certain foods can be
dangerous for Yorkies. Here is a list of foods you should never feed Yorkshire
Foods to avoid Feeding Your Yorkshire Terrier
If you have recently adopted or bought a Yorkshire Terrier, you must be
savvy about everything, Yorkie. According to PUPPYLISTS, Yorkshire Terriers
are among the most popular dog breeds of 2021, and make fantastic
Now let’s hop onto the list of foods not to feed your Yorkshire Terrier.
- Sugar-free Candy or Gum
Yorkies should never eat sugar-free candy or gum that contains xylitol or birch sugar.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener in many sugar-free products, including candy
and gum. It can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels, leading to
seizures, liver failure, and other serious health complications for your
Yorkshire Terriers. So keep gums and candies away from your pooch.
- Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins are toxic to your Yorkies. Although not yet determined,
grapes contain compounds that can damage the kidneys of dogs, leading to
kidney failure if consumed. Raisins also contain these compounds but may
have an even higher concentration than grapes, so it’s best to avoid them
altogether when feeding your Yorkie treats or snacks.
Although quite healthy for humans, avocados have a very high-fat content
which can lead to pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, if ingested
by dogs like Yorkshire terriers.
They also contain persin, a toxic compound that affects the heart, liver, and
pancreas, resulting in respiratory problems. The high-fat content has been known to cause vomiting and diarrhea when consumed by pets such as Yorkshire terriers.
Taro root contains a toxin called cycasin that has been linked with causing
tumors within animals when ingested. Other issues that can crop up when
you feed your Yorkshire taro root tuber include vomiting, burning in your
mouth, kidney issues, and stomach problems.
- Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea contain caffeine which is toxic for dogs like Yorkshire
Terriers; if consumed in large quantities. Your pooch will display symptoms
ranging from nausea, dizziness, coma, or death in severe cases.
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are both toxic
substances for Yorkies. These substances stimulate your pooch’s heart and
nervous system. If your dog happens to eat chocolate, your puppy will
display the following symptoms:
● Increased heart rate
● Breathing difficulties
- Unripe Tomatoes
Tomatoes may seem harmless enough, but unripe tomatoes contain
solanine, a toxin that causes nausea, headaches, diarrhea, and more severe
repercussions depending on how much your furry baby ate.
Unripe tomatoes should therefore be avoided completely where possible but
keep an eye out, especially during summer, when gardeners may grow
tomatoes near fences or walls. Only feed ripe tomatoes to your Yorkie.
Nutmeg contains myristicin, another potentially toxic substance for Yorkies.
Although nutmeg does add flavor and depth to your cooking recipes, it
should remain off-limits for Yorkshire terriers meals.
- Bread Dough With Yeast
Bread dough with yeast needs oxygen for fermentation; however, once
swallowed by your four-legged baby. The dough cannot expand in the
stomach, and this causes gas to accumulate, resulting in bloating and
discomfort, further worsening and leading to blockages in your digestive
system. Please avoid giving bread dough containing yeast as a treat/snack
- Cooked Beans
Beans contain high levels of phosphorus which can be dangerous for Yorkies
to consume as it can cause kidney problems if eaten in large quantities. As
with all foods, giving your Yorkie small amounts of cooked beans is best if
you feed them this food item.
Dogs are known to be fond of playing with meaty bones. However, this can
be dangerous for your Yorkshire as they are a small breed, and cooked bone
can splinter very easily, causing the shard to be stuck in your pooch’s
And in cases where it’s a large number of splinters, this would result in
constipation or puncturing of the intestines, which would need surgery to resolve. And if you decide to give your Yorkie a bone, ensure it is larger than your pup’s muzzle.
- Spicy Homemade Food
Spicy homemade food should never be fed to your Yorkshire Terrier due to
its potential risk of causing stomach upset and digestive problems in dogs.
Spicy foods may also contain onions or garlic, which are toxic for dogs, so
it’s best to play it safe and not add any additional spice or herbs when
making homemade dog food.
Garlic is another food item you should avoid when feeding your Yorkie treats
or snacks. Garlic contains thiosulfates and disulfides, which can lead to
anemia (damage to red blood cells). A small amount of garlic is not harmful;
it causes your pups to be bloated.
Symptoms to watch out for when your pups ingest too much garlic include
● Dark-colored urine
● Rapid breathing
● Lack of appetite
- Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts have been linked with causing paralysis, vomiting, and
fever after being ingested by dogs. This makes macadamia one nut variety
we don’t want our four-legged baby to have access to.
Humans take alcohol to have a good time, and although dogs also need to
have fun, alcohol should never be in the plan. This is because it can be toxic,
leading to many health problems, like rapid breathing, tremors, vomiting,
decreased coordination, abnormal blood acidity, and sometimes death.
Walnuts contain an amino acid called L-arginine, which has been linked with
causing health issues such as pancreatitis, seizure, and gastrointestinal
Chives contain a compound called ‘furanocoumarins’ which affects animal
blood cells. As such, they increase the probability of developing health issues
after ingestion, such as red blood cell destruction leading to anemia,
amongst other symptoms. Although they add yumminess to meals, they
should be off-limits for dog foods.
- Cat Food
Cat food typically has higher protein fat levels than dog food, making cat
food an unsuitable option for feeding your pooch.
Some mushroom species are naturally lethal to animals and humans. As
such, consumption of even small amounts could trigger life-threatening
reactions, like liver and kidney issues. Therefore, it’d be best to avoid
mushrooms when making food for your pups.
- Undercooked Meat
Raw meat and undercooked bones carry bacteria and parasites, thus
increasing the chances of intestinal infection developing upon consumption.
Therefore, you must avoid offering undercooked meats as a treat to your
Foods That Should Be Fed in Moderation
These foods you can feed your Yorkshire, but in small amounts.
Lemons can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, so it’s best to avoid
feeding them to your Yorkie. If you opt to give your pup a lemon or lemon
juice, only give them a small amount.
Broccoli is high in calcium and vitamin C, which is suitable for Yorkies.
However, too much of these nutrients can lead to digestive issues such as
gas and bloating.
Too much salt in your Yorkshire meals can lead to sodium ion poisoning,
resulting in an electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. It’s best not to give
your Yorkie any salty snacks or treats that contain salt as an ingredient.
- Milk and Dairy Products
Milk contains lactose which many dogs cannot digest properly without
causing gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea and vomiting. So it’s best to
avoid giving milk dairy products altogether when feeding or giving treats to
Yorkies unless specified by a veterinarian. But even then, the amounts
should still be low to keep digestion running smoothly.
Coconut-based products like coconut oil have become popular recently. Still,
it’s important not to overfeed your Yorkshire terrier due to its high-fat
content. This is because it can lead to severe health problems, such as
pancreatitis. So please keep the quantity down to avoid any future health
- Raw Eggs
Raw eggs may carry bacteria and parasites, thus increasing the chances of
intestinal infection upon consumption. Although dogs have been eating raw
eggs for centuries, it’s better to be safe by feeding your pooch well-cooked
eggs. This helps destroy all bacteria and parasites. Besides, it provides your
dog with essential minerals and vitamins.
What Happens When Your Yorkshire Terrier Eats Any of These Foods?
Depending on the amount eaten, certain foods listed above could lead to
toxicity effects ranging from nausea, dizziness, coma, and death depending
on severity level. Please seek vet advice immediately after suspecting your
pet consumed anything above to monitor the situation closely and prevent
further damage from occurring internally and externally.
Yorkshire Terriers are adorable, but they require special care regarding their
food. You must take the time to research what foods are safe for your Yorkie
so that you don’t accidentally put them at risk for health complications or
death. Following the guidelines outlined above, you should have no problem
keeping your furry baby healthy and happy.
Dog Blogger, Former Dog Groomer
I have adored Yorkies for well over 50 years. As a young adult, I began to show and breed them. Now, I just write about them and have several in my little pack of small dogs.
I have had dogs all my life and have trained as a dog groomer. I also have been a kennel worker, worked in a pet hotel through PetSmart, and still am a pet sitter.
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