for the love of chocolate

Dogs and chocolate December 10, 2007

Filed under: news — cacaobug @ 7:05 pm
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Cute dog wearing a sweater
Poor dogs. Chocolate really is poisonous to them. An article in the December 2007 issue of Scientific American explains:

Chocolate is processed from the bitter seeds of the cacao tree, which contain a family of compounds known as methylxanthines. This class of substances includes caffeine and the related chemical theobromine. … Low doses of methylxanthines can lead to vomiting or diarrhea in dogs… If a large quantity of theobromine or caffeine is ingested, some dogs will experience muscle tremors or even seizures. These chemical constituents of chocolate can cause a dog’s heart to race up to twice its normal rate…

Dogs are capable of handling some chocolate, but it depends on the animal’s weight and the type of chocolate it eats. Unsweetened baking chocolate contains more than six times as much theobromine as milk chocolate, although amounts vary between cocoa beans as well as different brands of chocolate. Less than four ounces of milk chocolate is potentially lethal for … small dogs.


3 Responses to “Dogs and chocolate”

  1. merewoman Says:

    It’s good to tell people how dangerous chocolate can be for dogs. So many owners are not aware that they might be killing their dog with kindness. Funny that we both posted on the same subject on the same day. :-)

  2. cacaobug Says:

    Thanks, merewoman. That is funny that we both posted on this topic on the same day. Guess we both had chocolate on our minds! :)

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