Dreadful things could happen if your dog ate a lot of chocolate. Chocolate is very poisonous to dogs and unfortunately can result in fatality. Chocolate’s effects depend on the kind, how much was eaten, and your dog’s weight. You might be asking yourself questions like, “what can happen next?” and “what should I do to help?” This article will help you get those answers to make the right choices if your dog ate a lot of chocolate.

How Does Chocolate Cause Poisoning in Dogs?

The theobromine and caffeine in chocolate stimulates a dog’s heart and nervous system. Caffeine can be found in other foods like coffee or candy. Different types of chocolate have varying concentrations of theobromine. Dark chocolate has the highest levels of theobromine and caffeine. Other types of chocolate such as cocoa powder, unsweetened baker’s chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and milk chocolate are also harmful to dogs.

What are the Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs?

Clinical signs 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 clinical signs in severe cases. If a dangerous quantity of chocolate has been consumed, it is advised to seek emergency veterinary care and call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661.

 How to Treat Chocolate Poisoning

Treatment depends on how much and what kind of chocolate the dog has consumed. Theobromine absorption into the body may be prevented by decontamination, such as inducing vomiting and giving activated charcoal if addressed early. Repeated treatments with activated charcoal may reduce theobromine concentration.

It is essential to closely monitor any canines who ingested lethal amounts of chocolate for any signs of excitement or gastrointestinal distress. Restlessness and other signs may need the use of medication. Seek emergency veterinary care or call Pet Poison Helpline® at 855-764-7661 if your dog has ingested a dangerous quantity of chocolate.

How to Prevent My Dog from Eating Chocolate

  • Dog owners should avoid giving their pets chocolate as a reward or treat.
  • Keep all chocolate out of reach so your pup cannot get to it such as on a high shelf or in a pantry that has a closed door.
  • Remind your peers around you to not feed your dog chocolate.
  • Always make sure any snacks, like chocolate, are not left out.