Dangerous foods for mini schnauzers

Updated April 17, 2017

Miniature schnauzers tend to be smart and loyal. They also have some qualities that can make them a bit more work. For instance, miniature schnauzers need a good deal of attention and exercise, which can make them a difficult pet for very busy people. These dogs are also prone to some illnesses, such as diabetes and pancreatitis, reports This makes it very important to watch the diet of a mini schnauzer very carefully to avoid providing food that will make the dog sick.

Sweet Food

Candy, cakes, cookies and ice cream should all be off-limits foods for your dog. Also avoid chocolate in any quantity, especially dark chocolate, which is very dangerous to miniature schnauzers.

Fatty Foods

Foods containing high amounts of fat can be too heavy on your dogs stomach and make them ill. These foods also increase the risks of pancreatitis. Also avoid lunch meats, as these often have both a high fat content as well as being high in salt, another danger to these dogs.


According to, bones should never be given to dogs as a treat. The reason for this is that miniature schnauzers can choke on pieces of bone. There is also a risk of the bone splintering and causing damage to the dog’s mouth or stomach.

Food that Has Gone Bad

Any food that has mould or fungus on it, or that has gone bad should never be consumed by dogs. Spoiled food can cause diarrhoea, vomiting or seizures. In extreme cases, your dog could even die from consuming food in this state.

Pits from Fruit

Fruit pits contain cyanide, a substance that can kill miniature schnauzers. Pits from any fruit should be avoided, such as from peaches, cherries, plums and apricots. Take care not to leave pits around after eating fruits in an area that the dog can get access to.

Foods Containing Xylitol

This is a common sweetener used in foods for people. While foods containing this sweetener are supposed to be safe for human consumption, it is not safe for dogs. If consumed, it’s possible liver failure can occur, leading to death.

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Kathy Gleason is a freelance writer living in rural northern New Jersey who has been writing professionally since 2010. She is a graduate of The Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, N.J. Before leaving her massage therapy career to start a family, Gleason specialized in Swedish style, pregnancy and sports massage.