May 23, 2018

How to Keep Your Dog Safe from Chocolate Poisoning

How to Keep Your Dog Safe from Chocolate Poisoning | Dr Chockenstein

We all love our furry friends, and it can be tempting to give them a treat now and then. But if that treat is chocolate, you could be putting your pup in danger. This is because chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that can be toxic to dogs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why chocolate can be so dangerous for dogs and what owners should do if their dog has eaten chocolate. 

Theobromine Toxicity in Dogs 

Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid found in the cocoa bean. theobromine is a stimulant, similar to caffeine, and humans process it quickly with no ill effects. However, dogs metabolize theobromine at a much slower rate than humans do—which means that if they ingest too much of it, their bodies cannot process it quickly enough, and it builds up to toxic levels in their system. As a result, depending on the amount of chocolate consumed by your dog, they may experience anything from mild stomach upset to life-threatening symptoms such as seizures or heart failure. 

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning 

Depending on how much chocolate your dog consumes, it may experience symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea, restlessness or agitation, increased thirst or urination, rapid breathing or panting, increased heart rate, or even seizures or coma. It’s important to note that symptoms may not appear until several hours after your pet has ingested the chocolate, so if you suspect your pup has gotten into some chocolate, you should seek veterinary attention immediately. 

What To Do If Your Dog Has Eaten Chocolate 

If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately for advice on what steps you should take next. Depending on how much of the sweet treat was consumed, it may simply involve close observation for signs of distress by yourself or closer monitoring by a vet technician over 24 hours; however, more severe cases may require hospitalization for IV fluids and other treatments depending on what symptoms are present and how severe they are. The sooner treatment is sought for suspected poisoning, the better the chance for a successful recovery with minimal long-term side effects or complications due to toxicity exposure.

Keep Your Dog Safe From Chocolate! 

It’s important to remember that while we humans love our sweet treats, dogs don’t have quite as strong of tolerance for them as we do, which means that something like overeating chocolate can quickly become an emergency if not caught soon enough! So be sure to keep any chocolates out of reach from curious pups (or sneaky cats!), and always consult with your veterinarian if you suspect Fido has been sneaking snacks where he shouldn’t!

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