Dog Chocolate Symptoms

by admin on July 17, 2010

Many people don’t realize that chocolate is toxic for dogs. If your dog has been fed chocolate, it is essential that you watch your dog and see if you can observe any dog chocolate symptoms. Below, we have outlined the various symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs as well as explaining the reason that chocolate is poisonous to dogs.

A dog is not going to die from eating a few ounces of milk chocolate. The problem comes when you leave a large bar of baking chocolate (the most toxic chocolate to dogs) on the side, which the dog then eats. The ingredient in chocolate that is toxic to dogs is called theobromine. Theobromine is least prominent in white chocolate, so white chocolate is the safest’ chocolate for dogs. There is only 1mg of theobromine per ounce in white chocolate, as opposed to 450mg of theobromine per ounce in baking chocolate.

The effects of chocolate poisoning are relative to the size of dog. While a large Golden Retriever might feel no worse after a bar of Dairy Milk, a small Chihuahua is likely to be vomiting and experiencing diarrhea after such a meal. Another problem is that chocolate becomes addictive to dogs, just as humans want more chocolate after they have had some. If you ever accidentally feed your dog a few ounces of chocolate, make sure they don’t get any more.

The symptoms of chocolate poisoning are mainly general, including vomiting, diarrhea and restlessness. The dog may run around extensively and appear to be hyperactive. Symptoms then progress towards shaking and twitching. If treatment is not sought and the poisoning is serious, the dog may fall into a coma and die shortly after.

What is essential is that if you know your dog has consumed chocolate, and is experiencing the dog chocolate symptoms, you immediately seek veterinary advice. Make sure you give your dog plenty of water. If you think your dog has consumed a lethal amount of poison, call 1-900-680-0000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-900-680-0000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting in the US to contact the National Animal Poison Control Center.

For more information on dog poisoning in general, see Symptoms of Dog Poisoning.

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