Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs
Your dog is a valuable part of your family, so you want to reward him with a nice chocolate treat from time to time, right? Unfortunately, wrong. While you have good intentions, you should consider other treats for your dog. Chocolate is dangerous for dogs as it can cause numerous side effects in canines. Below is a list of potential side effects, the most dangerous types of chocolate for dogs, and various treatment options if your dog has already consumed chocolate.
First of all, why is chocolate bad for dogs? Well, chocolate contains theobromine. Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine at the same rate as humans. While small amounts of certain types of chocolate won’t result in serious side effects, consuming many types of chocolate can lead to serious problems. Some of these side effects include excessive panting, dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle tremors, seizures, irregular heartbeat, heart attack or internal bleeding. While some of these side effects are less serious, clearly, the later ones can prove fatal.
With such severe side effects resulting from canine consumption of chocolate, you will want first focus on preventing your dog from eating all types of chocolate. While certain types of chocolate are less dangerous than others, ensuring that your dog is chocolate-free will eliminate all potential risks from the start. Cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate (unsweetened) and dark chocolate are the most dangerous types of chocolate for a dog. Milk chocolate is also dangerous for your dog to a lesser extent. White chocolate will not cause many effects in most dogs unless a significant amount is consumed.
If consumed, there are a few things that you can do. First, call your veterinarian immediately to seek advice for proper treatment. He will likely recommend that you first attempt to induce vomiting in your dog immediately in order to force the chocolate out of his system. Then, you may be advised to give your dog a small amount of activated charcoal, which binds theobromine to keep it from entering the bloodstream. You will then want to give your dog a lot of water. Your veterinarian may recommend anti-convulsants if your dog is having a seizure. Clearly, for varying symptoms, your vet will recommend a range of treatment options.
Altogether, you will want to prevent your dog from eating chocolate in order to thwart any potential side effects. If your pooch does consume chocolate, don’t panic. Consult your vet immediately and use your vet’s recommended steps to ensure the most effective treatment for your dog. And remember: to keep your dog healthy, you’ll need to save the chocolate for yourself!
Logan Hickey is a member of FetchRx.com’s Pet Pharmacy Team. He frequently writes blogs for FetchRx.com Official Blog and guest blogs on numerous pet-related websites on the topic of pet medical and health information. His information not only comes from “book” knowledge, but also from having three dogs of his own – two Collies and one Boston Terrier. You can email Logan with your pet-related health questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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