There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that chocolate is dangerous for dogs. Small delights that we love may be toxic to your pet. The darker the chocolate the more toxic it is for your dog. But what about white chocolate specifically? Can dogs eat white chocolate? Here is what you need to know: 


Can I Give My Dog White Chocolate? 

A dog cannot consume white or dark chocolate because of its toxicity. Dogs cannot break down theobromine, a chemical like caffeine, is contained in all chocolate. The ingestion of theobromine and caffeine may quickly build to lethal levels and even cause death. For dogs, dark and bitter chocolates pose a special danger. Regular milk chocolate has a theobromine content of 44 to 58 mg/ounce, whereas baking and gourmet dark chocolate have theobromine concentrations of 130 to 450 mg/ounce. In addition, dark chocolates have a higher concentration of caffeine. 


If dogs consume white chocolate, they might still be at risk of theobromine poisoning. Compared to milk and dark chocolates, white chocolate may be the best chocolate alternative for dogs, but only in moderation.  


Why is White Chocolate Dangerous for Dogs? 

Even if your dog gets their paws on some white chocolate, it is still possible they may be poisoned. More than 40 mgs of theobromine might induce cardiac problems such as fast heartbeat, heart arrhythmias, or increased blood pressure. In comparison, 60 mgs or more can cause neurological symptoms such as tremors, twitching and seizures. 


How Much White Chocolate is Deadly? 

More than 80% of fatal poisonings in dogs are caused by chocolates containing more than 200 mgs of theobromine. However, any type of chocolate may have fatal effects. The toxic effects of chocolate are more likely to affect older dogs and those with preexisting health issues. Regardless of theobromine level, dogs of any size, age, or breed may have cardiac difficulties, even with a lower concentration of white chocolate. 


What are the Clinical Signs of White Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs? 

Symptoms vary according to the quantity and kind of chocolate consumed. The most frequent symptoms for many dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urine, and an irregular heartbeat. Muscular tremors, seizures, and heart failure are symptoms that might occur in severe situations. 


If a dangerous quantity of chocolate has been consumed, seek emergency veterinary care or call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855)-764-7661.