Chocolate is so good; can you imagine a day without chocolate? If chocolate is safe for humans, its safe for dogs, right? Absolutely not. If dogs eat chocolate, they can experience chocolate poisoning. the likelihood that your dog will get sick after consuming chocolate depends on the kind and quantity of chocolate and your dog’s weight. Usually, the darker the chocolate is, the more toxic it can be.
Is Chocolate Deadly for my Dog?
Yes, chocolate is toxic to dogs. All types of chocolate are toxic: milk, dark, and white. It is harmful to dogs primarily due to its theobromine concentration and caffeine, which canines cannot digest well. If your dog consumes chocolate, you should regularly monitor them and seek veterinary care or call Pet Poison Helpline® if they exhibit any symptoms, are young, pregnant, or have other health issues.
What are the Symptoms of 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 in severe situations. If a dangerous quantity of chocolate has been consumed, it is advised to seek emergency veterinary care or call Pet Poison Helpline® at 855-764-7661.
How to Treat Chocolate Poisoning in my Dog
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 can’t get to it such as on a high shelf in a pantry that has a closed door.
- Remind your peers around you to not feed your dog chocolate and keep it out of reach.
These strategies can help eliminate the risks of your dog eating chocolate. Your dog should be able to recover from chocolate poisoning, but it truly depends on the amount of chocolate they ate. If your dog has eaten chocolate and you fear that they are suffering from poisoning immediately contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline® to help save your dog’s life.