Chocolate is a great treat for humans, but a dangerous one for dogs. Will dogs die from eating chocolate? It depends on a few things, such as the dog breed, size, and the type of chocolate that has been consumed. If your dog has eaten a small amount of chocolate, they may not experience any symptoms; if your dog has eaten a large amount of chocolate, there is a higher chance that your dog will experience chocolate poisoning. In addition to the candy itself, chocolate wrappers can also pose a choking risk. It is important to educate your family members, friends, and peers about the dangers of chocolate consumption in pets.
Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning
Theobromine and caffeine are the biggest dangers in chocolate to dogs. They are common ingredients in white, milk, and dark chocolates. Typically, dark chocolate will have more theobromine and caffeine compared to white chocolate. Humans can eat chocolate without feeling ill because we can metabolize chemicals such as theobromine quickly. However, dogs cannot metabolize quickly, so these chemicals build up in their system which can cause negative effects. If a dog eats chocolate, they can experience the following clinical signs:
- Tremors in the muscles and limbs
- Irregular heartbeats
- Increased heart rate
Treatment for Chocolate Poisoning
If your dog is acting abnormally or if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above and you think your dog is experiencing chocolate poisoning, call the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 and your vet right away. Look to see if they got into anything they should not have, such as chocolate, and inform your vet or Pet Poison Helpline. If they are experiencing severe clinical signs take them to the closest vet clinic immediately. Your veterinarian will examine your dog and will evaluate their condition. Your dog should have a good chance of recovery if action is taken right away. Your vet will know more about your dog’s prognosis.