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Chocolate and your dogs healthiness -- what you ought to know - pets

 

Chocolate. Who can resist it?

Your dogs shape depends on it! (resisting, that is). We humans get to indulge since most of us know when to stop. But your dog won't quit after just a few. Give her a ability and she'll down the whole box of Godivas in one gulp. So on Valentine's Day, you're in reality being kind to your best buddy if you eat all the chocolates yourself!

**Why is chocolate detrimental to a dogs health?**

Chocolate, as you know, is made with cocoa beans. And cocoa beans confine methylxanthine alkaloids in the form of theobromine and caffeinea, which are toxic to dogs. Chocolate can also be full of high amounts of fat which can put your dogs fitness in peril as well.

**How Much is Too Much?**

Though it's a selection of that dogs and chocolate don't mix, assorted dogs react in a different way to the methylxanthines. And reactions can vary according to the age, size and generally healthiness of the dog. The lesser the dog the minor the dose desirable to construct an effect. And of course, if your dog's shape is by now destabilized by other health check conditions, he's more susceptible. The same holds for older dogs. . Theobromine is at hand in differing amounts in altered kinds of chocolate:

· White chocolate 1mg/oz
· Hot chocolate 12 mg /oz
· Milk chocolate 44-66 mg/oz
· Semi-sweet chocolate 260 mg/oz
· Dark chocolate 450 mg/oz (wow!)
· Baking/bitter chocolate or cocoa powder varies as much as 150-600 mg/oz.

**How much chocolate can a dog eat and survive?**

That depends in part on her weight.

Under 200 mg theobromine per kg body burden (91mg per lb) has not been pragmatic to be fatal. A potentially lethal dose in a 16 pound. dog is only one pound of milk chocolate. Only two ounces of baking chocolate can cause critical troubles in a 10-pound dog. Associates stop ingestion chocolate beforehand in receipt of to toxic levels, but dogs don't!

**What are the admonition signs of a problem?**

Any dog who's eaten chocolate be supposed to be watched carefully for symptoms, above all minor dogs, "seniors", and dogs with fitness problems. Symptoms may range from from nausea and diarrhea to panting, undue thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death in brutal cases.

While white chocolate may not be as liable to cause a methylxanthine poisoning, the high fat contented of lighter chocolates could still lead to sickness and diarrhea, and probably the advancement of life-threatening pancreatitis. Too much fatty food will also change a dogs healthiness in the same way it does ours, by packing on the pounds!

**What can be done once chocolate is ingested?**

Make note of the type of chocolate ingested and how much was eaten, if possible.

Theobromine will stay in the bloodstream concerning 14 and 20 hours. In two hours of ingestion, try inducing nausea except your dog is over stimulated, comatose, or has lost the gag reflex.

If your dog has eaten a large sum of chocolate, or displays any of the above symptoms, take her to the vet right away. If her symptoms are minor, make her eat activated charcoal. The unabsorbed theobromine binds to it and be accepted out of the system. (In a pinch, burnt - as in completely blackened - toast will do. )

**Are there any other crop I must worry about?**

Yes -- Cocoa Mulch!!

No, it's not chocolate, but the two foodstuffs have a little in common. They're both consequential from the cocoa bean, and they're both harmful to your dogs health.

Cocoa bean shells are a by-product of chocolate fabrication and are all the rage as mulch for landscaping. Homeowners like the alluring color and scent, and the fact that the mulch breaks down into an organic fertilizer.

Some dogs are attracted to cocoa mulch, and will eat it in anecdotal quantities. The coca bean shells can confine from 0. 2% to 3% theobromine (the toxin ) as compaired to 1-4% in unprocessed beans.

Eating cocoa mulch has four doable outcomes. The most customary is vomiting, in 50% of cases. Next most common, in 33% of cases, is tremors (shaking). And 17% end up with tachycardia (rapid heart rate), hyperactivity or diarrhea. The fourth outcome is no air on the dogs physical condition at all, and this is the consequence in 33% of cases.

Although only 16 cases were reported in approximately one year (the duration of the study), hearsay are on the increase. California the books for about 2/3 of cases reported so far. Fortunately, there have been no reported fatalities, and receiving your ally to the vet punctually will comfort a happy outcome.

**What's the Bed Line?**

Thanks to a more educated public, fewer losses from foods like chocolate are being reported these days.

Still, it pays to keep up with what's now known about a choice of foods and their personal property on a dogs physical condition and well being. Grapes and cocoa mulch, for example, were bare only a moment ago to have damaging effects.

If your dogs physical condition is crucial to you (and I'm laying a bet it is!), then keep him away from the chocolates on Valentine's Day and other holidays as well. And watch out year round for goods made from the cocoa bean.

In an emergency, call your vet or the ASPCA Bodily Poison Charge Concentrate at 888-426-4435.

Carolyn Schweitzer, a previous breed dentist, is a PowerSeller on eBay and owner and editor of quite a few websites, as well as http://www. Great-Dog-Gift. com Visit her there to read about other foods that can harm your dogs health, and check normally with sources like the ASPCA for updates. Or sign up for her "Cold Noses News" and she'll keep you informed!


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