Your Dog Eating Chocolate or Cocoa Could Mean Death
Watch out for Fido having easy access to or you giving him a portion of a favorite
treat enjoyed by most humans.
You wouldn't think something so good in plain form or as an ingredient in a recipe
would sicken or kill your dog that you love so much.
What Makes Chocolate
So Dangerous Especially For Dogs
Theobromine, a natural chemical compound found in the seeds of the Cacao or Cocoa
plant is the deadly culprit.
Ironically, the seeds are used to make our favorite chocolate or cocoa.
Combining a dog's slow metabolism and Fido consuming too much chocolate can mean
lethal chocolate(theobromine) poisoning.
How Much Chocolate Does It
Take To Poison Fido?
That is hard to say as the specific quantity needed to poison your dog will depend
on the size of the dog and quantity/type of chocolate eaten.
Keep in mind dark chocolate and baker's chocolate have higher concentrations of
theobromine in smaller quantities than milk chocolate.
Just 8.5 ounces of dark chocolate or a 1.5 oz baker's chocolate bar could poison a
44 pound dog where as it might take 1.1 lbs of milk chocolate for the toxic poisonous symptoms to
What If Your Dog Managed To
Consume Some Chocolate?
If you walk into the house or walk outside and see an empty chocolate wrapper or
wrappers (bad dog) with Fido sitting nearby, keep a very close eye on him.
If you know for sure that
your dog ate some chocolate, immediately contact your veterinarian or your local poison control center to
receive possible life saving instructions from qualified poison control specialists.
Theobromine can remain in a dog's bloodstream for 20 hours with symptoms starting
with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination.
Without proper medical treatment starting within the veterinarian recommended 2 hours to counter the toxic
chocolate(theobromine) poisoning, Fido can start experiencing cardiac arrhythmias, epileptic seizures, internal
bleeding, heart attacks, and eventually death.
Remember, dogs like humans can taste sweetness and if given the chance to eat a
little chocolate once, dogs will be happy to eat more than their share.
One gift box of chocolates left where Fido can reach them could turn out to be the
most expensive box of chocolates you'll ever buy after paying the vet bill.
Maybe you are lucky enough to work at a company that offers a dog health
insurance package as one of your benefits.
One Last Tip To Help Protect
Do teach your children about the serious consequences of feeding their dogs or
other pets a piece of a chocolate candy bar or other chocolate laden food.
This innocent jester of love and affection could really turn tragic in a
very short amount of time.