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Can Dogs Eat Chocolate? – Side Effects & Precautions

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?
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Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?  No, it depends on the type and the quantity of chocolate consumed, and also the dog weight must be taken into consideration to calculate the severity of health issues when a dog eats chocolate in large quantities.

If your dog happens to consume only a small piece, then there is no need for any panic.

Is it toxic for a dog to eat chocolate?

Chocolate contains chemicals such as caffeine and theobromine, which can induce the dog’s nervous system and increase the heart rate speed.

The list of chocolate products that contain theobromine content

  • White chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • Cocoa powder

For dog owners residing in America, please call Pet poison helpline at 855-764-7661, a 24/7 helpline for animal poison. Fees subject to change- US$ 59 per case applies.

 

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Symptoms of chocolate poisoning

The symptoms usually appear anywhere between 6 – 12 hours after the dog has consumed the chocolate and it can last for more than 72 hours.

They may include

  • Collapse and death
  • Seizures
  • Elevated or abnormal heart rate
  • Tremors
  • Excessive urination
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Older dogs and dogs suffering from other abnormal health troubles are likely to meet fatal consequences due to chocolate consumption.

How to safeguard your dog from chocolate consumption?

  • Train your dog to eat from their crates only. In addition, provide him with his favorite treat, his comfortable blanket, a stuffed Kong, and other chewable and non-toxic toys.
  • Likewise, make sure your dog avoids eating foods strewn on the ground. In order to do this, teach him to follow the “Leave it” command.
  • Store the chocolates in a safe container far away from the reach of your pet dog. Also, inform your family members not to bring chocolates or any choco-related eatables near the pet at any cost.

Emergency treatment if your dog happens to suffer from chocolate consumption

  • In any case, please call your vet as soon as possible or ring the pet poison centre at 855-764-7661 for further instructions.
  • The prescribed treatment might include feeding the dog with activated charcoal to induce vomiting and in certain cases, IV fluids might also be administered to remove the side-effects of chocolate poisoning.

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