In addition to all the fun foods you can share with your Bully, another list exists of foods that your Bully should never ingest. I know that your Bully buddy can be convincing, but never, ever give your Bulldog any of the following items:
Alcohol: Don’t give your Bully alcoholic beverages. A drunken dog isn’t funny, and even small amounts of liquor can result in alcohol poisoning, which can lead to death.
Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be fatal. The darker the chocolate, the greater the danger. The American Animal Hospital Association notes that 2 to 3 ounces of baking chocolate can kill a medium-size dog. And 1 to 11/2 pounds of milk chocolate can have the same effect. Don’t panic if you drop a choco- late chip on the floor or your dog steals an Oreo, but keep that box of holiday chocolates out of reach of your dog, and be extremely careful with baking chocolate
Coffee and tea: Both contain caffeine and theobromine.
Macadamia nuts: Don’t serve these treats to your dog. Eating too many Macadamia nuts can cause paralysis. Symptoms include a mild fever and an upset stomach. Depending on the size of the dog and how many nuts he eats, within 12 to 24 hours, his back legs become para- lyzed. The front legs are either unaffected or minimally affected, but the back legs no longer work. Within 72 hours, the dog is fine, as though nothing ever happened.
The good news -the paralysis goes away without lasting effects. The bad news – some dogs may be euthanized because they’re misdi- agnosed as having a severely injured disc, particularly among breeds where injured discs frequently occur. So keep the Macadamia nuts away from your Bully, or better yet, switch to cashews, which don’t harm your pooch. I had a dog who managed to reach and devour an entire bowl of cashews. She suffered no ill effects.
Nicotine: Tobacco products are deadly, so make sure that your Bull- dog doesn’t eat any cigars, cigarettes, snuff, or chewing tobacco.
Onions: No one wants a Bulldog with onion breath, but that’s not the only reason to keep your dog away from onions. Onions can cause hemolytic anemia. Symptoms of this type of anemia include pale mucus membranes, loss of energy, and lack of appetite. Your dog may also feel the cold more and try to find a warm corner. The dog may have a fever or a faster heart rate. Treatment may include a blood transfusion and/or vitamin B-12.
Xylitol: Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination, and seizures.