Dogs have an exceptional sense of smell and can detect the white chocolate in your cupboard. To your dog, chocolate is a yummy treat that they must have, but they don’t understand that it is dangerous to them and can make them very sick. As their owner, it is your job to keep them away from harmful substances. All types of chocolate are toxic to dogs – let’s learn why they need to stay away from this sweet treat.
Can My Dog Eat Chocolate?
All types of chocolate are off limits to dogs, that includes dark, milk, baker’s, and white chocolate. All types of chocolate have varying concentrations of theobromine and caffeine. Dogs cannot metabolize these dangerous ingredients as quickly as humans, making them at a higher risk for poisoning. Even candy bars or other chocolate products are dangerous for dogs. There are dog-friendly treats that your vet can recommend and are found at your local supermarket or pet store.
Why Should Dogs Never Eat White Chocolate
If dogs eat white chocolate, they can get ill very fast. Do not feel tempted to give your dog any sort of white chocolate. The fat content in white chocolate can cause an upset stomach and can trigger severe sickness, such as inflammation of the pancreas. Instead of feeding them white chocolate, use your dog’s keen sense of smell to give them dog friendly treats like blueberries or raspberries. Even though white chocolate contains lesser amounts of theobromine, if your dog ingests a large amount, they can still be poisoned.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs include:
- Tremors in the muscles and limbs
- Irregular heartbeats
- Increased heart rate
White chocolate poisoning treatment can vary based on each case. In general, the amount and type of chocolate consumed will determine the duration and type of treatment. Immediately contact your vet and Pet Poison Helpline®, at (855) 764-7661, if your dog ate any chocolate or is exhibiting any of the above clinical signs. Your dog should be able to recover from chocolate poisoning, but it is best to consult with your vet first. Prevent potential chocolate poisoning by monitoring what your dog eats and drinks.