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We’ve all heard that chocolate is dangerous for dogs.
It is, unfortunately, 100% true. Too many animals have died from eating this sweet delicacy.
Knowing that chocolate can literally kill your dog, the plan is very simple:
Play it safe and don’t share, no exceptions.
And take it a step further!
Check ingredients when feeding people foods because chocolate is added to all sorts of snacks.
Thankfully, it usually takes a fair amount of consumption for serious toxicity.
Never Let Your Dog Eat Chocolate
Not as a treat, not even as a one-time reward.
Pure chocolate, which is made from cacao beans, deserves its scary reputation with dog owners.
Different Types of Chocolate
Chocolate comes in many forms and various levels of toxicity.
Pure cocoa and dark chocolate generally pose the biggest threat to dogs.
Milk, white chocolate or even Nutella aren’t recommended either, but they may not be as potent.
The point is this:
Be very careful about sharing with your dog, even something seemingly harmless like chocolate ice cream.
Complications For Canines
The caffeine in chocolate can really put your dog’s life in jeopardy. This, in itself, could cause entirely avoidable health issues.
What’s much worse is that enough chocolate may be fatal.
Why exactly does this happen?
It’s due to a substance called Theobromine.
The fact is dogs cannot metabolize this cacao alkaloid as well as humans can.
The Unpredictable Effects
Your pet’s circulatory and respiratory systems could be seriously affected.
Everything from seizures to an irregular heartbeat to internal bleeding can develop when your dog eats chocolate.
The effects range greatly in severity ie. a minor upset stomach could occur, but death isn’t out of the question either.
Has your dog has gotten their paws on some chocolate?
You need to act fast!
Do not wait for the following early signs:
- Erratic behavior
- Extreme thirst
- Bouts of diarrhea
- Unexplained bursts of energy
- Panting and even seizures
Hopefully your dog will vomit up most of the chocolate which would reduce the toxicity to some degree.
Providing hydrogen peroxide may be necessary to avoid the deadly effects.
In any case, reach out to your vet following a chocolate mishap. The situation could be quite serious, even fatal.
Get Veterinary Help ASAP
By now you know that anything with chocolate, even brownies for example, is great cause for concern.
Your dog will have a higher chance of recovery the sooner you act.
Chocolate toxicity can last up to 72 hours with the early hours being most critical.
The Bottom Line
Never allow your dog to have any amount of chocolate.
Such a treat can easily harm, if not kill, a pet pooch.
The Theobromine in chocolate cannot be properly metabolized and could, instead, be quite deadly.
All kinds of cocoa are unacceptably risky for dogs. Any variety is strictly off limits.