How Dangerous is Chocolate for Dogs?

  posted by: Rio Dianne



dogs eating chocolateNever give your dogs some chocolate as it be deadly – sure, we’ve heard those words for a couple of times already,  but just how true is that? How dangerous is chocolates for dogs? Hmm, let’s see.

If humans tend to be choosy with what they eat because they fear that they might get sick, the same goes for our beloved pets.  For one, chocolates, definitely, should not be given to your pets regardless of breeds and age as chocolates contain a chemical compound called theobromine which is a stimulant.  The compound generally affects the nervous and cardiovascular of your puppies.  Theobromine is found in cocoa beans and is considered a stimulant diuretic which produces the same side effects as that of caffeinated drinks like coffee.

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Your Dogs

  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased urination
  • Panting excessively
  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremor
  • Seizures and Coma

How Much Chocolate is Dangerous for Dogs

How poisonous or lethal the chocolate is depends on factors including how much was ingested, the size of the dog, and the type of chocolate eaten. But generally, below is the amount that can be toxic to your pooches:

  • White chocolate – 125 pounds for a 10-pound dog; 250 pounds for a 20-pound dog
  • Milk chocolate – one ounce per body weight thus it takes 20 ounces for a 20-pound dog
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – 1 ounce per 3 pounds of the dog’s body weight is hazardous
  • Dark chocolate/ Baker’s Chocolate – 1 ounce per 9 pounds of body weight is harmful

Apparently, there is no antidote to chocolate poisoning.  The best thing to do when faced with the situation is to bring your pet to the vet immediately as this can lead to death.  We all love to feed our dogs with whatever we eat, too and feel them as they nip our hands, but again taking all necessary precautions to keep your dog’s environment safe is always the best thing to do to prevent occurrence of this problem. How dangerous is chocolate for dogs – we hope we have answered your query.


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