When it comes to the combination of dogs and chocolate, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. Eating chocolate can be dangerous for dogs, as it may lead to poisoning and potentially death. The severity of the symptoms will depend on the size of the dog, dosage, and type of chocolate that has been consumed. Even small amounts of chocolate can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep it away from pets. Chocolate wrappers can pose a choking risk as well. It is important to educate family and friends about the dangers of chocolate consumption for dogs. With the right knowledge and precautions, you can help ensure the safety of your furry friend. 

Clinical Signs of Chocolate Poisoning 

Chocolate can be dangerous for dogs, as it contains the chemicals theobromine and caffeine. Humans can consume chocolate without issue because our bodies are able to metabolize the chemicals quickly. Dogs, however, cannot metabolize these substances as quickly, leading to a buildup of the chemicals in their system which can cause adverse effects. If a dog ingests chocolate, they may display the following clinical signs: 

  • Tremors in the muscles and limbs 
  • Seizures 
  • Irregular heartbeats 
  • Agitation/restlessness 
  • Increased heart rate 

Chocolate Poisoning Treatment 

If your dog is displaying any abnormal behavior or symptoms that may be linked to chocolate poisoning, it is important to take immediate action. Contact Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 and your vet right away and let them know what’s going on. If the symptoms are severe, take your dog to the nearest vet clinic. Your veterinarian may provide medication to help regulate your dog’s heart rate and blood pressure. Decontamination may include inducing vomiting and administering activated charcoal. With immediate treatment, your dog should have a good chance of recovery. Your vet will be able to provide more information on the prognosis.