If your dog ate a chocolate bar, you should watch carefully for any signs of chocolate poisoning. Dogs should not eat any type of chocolate including chocolate chip cookies, candy, or other chocolate-containing products. Dark chocolate is more harmful than white chocolate as dark chocolate contains a higher amount of theobromine and caffeine. White chocolate contains more sugar and fat compared to dark chocolate, so it is also dangerous for your dog to consume. Theobromine and caffeine will stimulate your dog’s nervous system in negative ways.

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning

Small amounts of chocolate may not result in negative effects for your dog, but it is best to prevent your dog from eating any chocolate. Ask your vet for tips on how to keep your dog away from products that contain chocolate. If your dog eats substantial amounts of chocolate, there is cause for concern. The symptoms of chocolate poisoning include: 

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

There are many alternatives to feeding your dog chocolate products. Fruit and vegetables are the best alternative to feeding your dog chocolate but be careful when introducing new foods. There are certain fruits and vegetables that your dog cannot eat. Ask your vet and Pet Poison Helpline® before feeding your dog any new food. Your vet can help with any dietary questions.

Treatment for Chocolate Poisoning

Call your vet and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 if your dog has eaten any chocolate. Chocolate poisoning episodes can be fatal if your dog does not receive medical care. Your vet may induce vomiting and provide activated charcoal to flush out the chocolate from your dog’s system. Your dog may be kept overnight for observation if they are experiencing severe symptoms. Consult your veterinarian on how to best treat your dog.