New dog owners are sometimes surprised to find that chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. The reason is due to an ingredient in chocolate called theobromine, which cannot be metabolised properly by dogs.
The first signs of theobromine poisoning are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination. These can progress to cardiac arrhythmias, epileptic seizures, internal bleeding, heart attacks, and eventually death. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, contact an emergency vet immediately.
Dr Alex Avery from the Our Pets Health blog has created an easy to use chocolate (theobromide) poisoning calculator for dogs. You enter your dog's weight in kg and it calculates the level of chocolate ingestion at which mild and severe poisoning will occur.
Here it is ...
Chocolate poisoning calculator for dogs
- Cocoa powder is the most toxic by weight, due to its high concentration of theobromine
- Followed by cooking chocolate
- Followed by dark chocolate
- Followed by milk chocolate
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