~ Animal Rescue… “Is chocolate bad for dogs? YES! Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats” … mightydogshasta ~

We talk about chocolate every month. Why? Because it is one of the most common exposures we take calls on. Keep those chocolate eggs and other candy away from your pets!

My Dog ate Chocolate – Chocloate and Cats – Chocolate Poisoning
Is chocolate bad for dogs? YES! Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats. If your dog ate white, milk or dark chocolate, call Pet Poison Helpline…

24/7 Animal Poison Control Center

800-213-6680

$39 per incident fee applies

Emergency Instructions

Chocolate

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Tremors
  • Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Death

While the occasional chocolate chip within one cookie may not be an issue, we worry about certain types of chocolate – the less sweet and the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to your dog. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem. Other sources include chewable, flavored multi-vitamins, baked goods, or chocolate-covered espresso beans. The chemical toxicity is due to a methylxanthine (like theobromine and caffeine), and results in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, inflammation of the pancreas (i.e., pancreatitis), an abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and rarely, even death. Dogs make up 95% of all our chocolate calls, as cats are usually too discriminating to eat chocolate! In smaller dogs, even the wrappers from candy can result in a secondary obstruction in the stomach or intestines.

Poison type: Foods

Alternate names: chocolate-covered espresso beans, milk chocolate, Baker’s chocolate, white chocolate, cocoa mulch, cocoa hull, caffeine, theobromine, methylxanthine, xanthine, Vivarin, tea, coffee, cacao mulch, cocoa powder, Halloween candy, weight loss supplements, theobromine, dietary supplements, coffee beans, energy drinks, green tea, guarana, NoDoz, No-Doz

Thanks for checking this out…

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MightyDog Shasta
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