Can I Give My Dog Chocolates?
It is a very bad idea to feed your dogs chocolate because it contains a chemical called theobromine.
Dogs can’t metabolize theobromine as efficiently as humans so it builds up in their systems until it reaches a toxic level of concentration, which may lead to a variety of problem with the most serious being death due to cardiac arrest.Keep in mind that the less the dog weights, the more you should be worried because the toxicity level is higher.
For many of us humans, chocolate is one of our favorite pleasures in life and the worst that can happen by consuming this delicious treat would be to give us extra pounds on the weighing scale. But for dogs, chocolate is potentially lethal. Chocolate will still be appealing to dogs because it will always smell and taste good. Your beloved pet has no way of knowing that the components of chocolate, specifically theobromine, are toxic to it because its system cannot properly excrete and break down this substance. This greatly affects the central nervous system of dogs, increases their blood pressure, stimulates their cardiovascular activity, and other health issues.
Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs
Theobromine is a toxin that can stay in your dog’s system once it is consumed. Not many dog owners are aware just how harmful chocolate really is to pets. Some symptoms of poisoning in dogs include abdominal pains, restlessness, drooling, excessively thirsty, difficulty in standing or walking, and vomiting with traces of blood. In worse cases, your dogs may show signs of having muscle tremors, rigidity, rapid breathing, urinating with blood, gums with a bluish tinge, and convulsions. The symptoms can show in a matter of a few hours to as long as 24 hours.
Varieties of Chocolate
Chocolate can come in several different forms. All of them are toxic but the level of toxicity differs depending on the concentration of the amount of theobromine. Below are the types of chocolate and the order of toxicity:
5.Drinking chocolate powder
Chocolate beans, in its original unprocessed form, contain the most toxicity while white chocolate has the least. To determine exactly how much chocolate your dog has to consume before it becomes lethal is a case to case basis depending on the size of your dog. Usually, 2,600mg of theobromine is a fatal amount for a 20kg dog.
There is no sure antidote for chocolate poisoning in dogs, and how it is treated depends on the symptoms and effects manifested by your pet. The only sure way to keep your dogs safe is to not give them any chocolate and to keep it safely away from their reach.
As deliciously tempting chocolate is, they are forbidden for dogs because of the harm it causes to their system and this is precisely why dogs and chocolate do not mix.