Chocolate is not for dogs!!
Toxic Foods for Dogs…
I know, we love to give our dogs a treat. But Chocolate is not for dogs…
Can you believe that!!! Chocolate is one of those toxic treats we love to give our dog!
Why your dog shouldn’t eat chocolate!
Chocolate is toxic because it contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine. Theobromine is the predominant toxin in chocolate and is very similar to caffeine.
What are the symptoms to look out for if your dog eats human chocolate?
Symptoms of dog chocolate poisoning include vomiting (which may include blood), diarrhoea, restlessness and hyperactivity, rapid breathing, muscle tension, incoordination, increased heart rate and seizures.
The effect and signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs depend on the amount eaten and the size of the breed.
Will my dog be ok if they eat chocolate?
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs mostly because of its theobromine content, which dogs are unable to metabolise effectively.
If your dog eats chocolate, you should monitor them closely. Seek veterinary attention if they show any symptoms, or if they are very young, pregnant or have other health concerns.
So, what are the symptoms?
We have to look after our babies don’t we?? Not to scare you, but, just so you know, because it is important. Here is a long list of other toxins…
- Alcoholic beverages
- Apple seeds
- Apricot pits
- Cherry pits
- Candy (particularly chocolate – which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
- Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
- Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
- Hops (used in home beer brewing)
- Macadamia nuts
- Mouldy foods
- Mushroom plants
- Mustard seeds
- Onions and onion powder
- Peach pits
- Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
- Rhubarb leaves
- Tea (because it contains caffeine)
- Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
- Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
- Yeast dough
If you want to treat your dog, there are sooo many safe ways you can. Healthy dog treats are available from us and we would love to help you look after your dog and keep them safe. But spoilt all at the same time!
Until next time…
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Dawn, Lilly and Tucker 🐾