Understanding the Dangers of Chocolate for Your Dog
Lots of people know that chocolate can is dangerous to dogs and may even kill them. People don’t often know that chocolate is dangerous to dogs because it contains theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to dogs. Each dog reacts differently after eating chocolate. The state of your dog’s health and his size determine toxicity as does the type and amount of chocolate eaten. Darker and richer chocolate is more dangerous. There are high levels of theobromine and caffeine in dry cocoa powder but white chocolate contains very little. Your dog may experience chocolate poisoning with vomiting, diarrhea, extreme thirst, restlessness and excessive urination. These symptoms may take up to 24 hours to occur so if your dog has eaten chocolate and shows no symptoms on the outset, he still may not be safe. If you think your dog has eaten chocolate, make an appointment with your vets Lakewood Ranch, FL for evaluation and possible treatment.