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Dogs & Chocolate

To dogs, chocolate is delicious, but potentially lethal. The cocoa bean, from which chocolate is produced, contains a drug called theobromine. This is closely related to caffeine, which chocolate also contains. The toxicity of chocolate for dogs is due to its theobromine content. Chocolate poisoning is very serious. It contains a long lasting, very potent toxin that can cause death. This toxicity is largely unfamiliar to most people, who may not worry too much if their dog is a bit sick after eating a quantity of chocolate.

If you know your pet has ingested large quantities of chocolate, do not wait for symptoms to occur, induce vomiting and take him to the vet immediately!

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning
Symptoms occur within a few hours, but have been known to be delayed for as long as 24 hours. It can take as long as 3 days for the dog to recover completely.
Urinary Incontinence
Rapid Breathing and Heart Rate
Muscle Tremors


Dangerous Quantities of Chocolate
Pet's Weight Amount of Milk Chocolate Amount of Unsweetened Chocolate Approx. Amount of Theobromide
5 Lbs. 4 oz. 1/2 oz. 200 mg
10 Lbs. 8 oz. 1 oz. 400 mg
20 Lbs. 1 Lb. 2 1/2 oz. 900 mg
30 Lbs. 1 1/4 Lbs. 3 3/4 oz. 1300 mg
40 Lbs. 2 1/2 Lbs. 4 1/2 oz. 1800 mg
50 Lbs. 3 Lbs. 5 1/2 oz. 2250 mg
60 Lbs. 3 3/4 Lbs. 6 3/4 oz. 2700 mg
70 Lbs. 4 3/4 Lbs. 8 1/2 oz. 3400 mg


Types of Chocolate Listed in Order of Toxicity
Cocoa Beans
Cocoa Powder
Plain/Baking Chocolate
Dark/Bittersweet Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Chocolate Drink Mixes
White Chocolate
(most contain no real chocolate at all)


Chocolate is also poisonous to cats, but due to their picky eating habits, this type of poisoning is not as serious a problem. If your cat ingests chocolate, treat the situation the same as if it were a dog.

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