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Should Dogs Eat Chocolate?

Updated on January 25, 2015

Chocolate Poisoning and Your Dog

Feeding a dog chocolate is not the right thing to do - ever. Not all dogs are the same; breed, age, activity levels and the amount of chocolate consumed by the dog will all contribute to the toxicity level that will affect the dog. I know it can be difficult to resist sharing your chocolate treats with your best friend.....

I know how it is.....

How many times have you been eating those chocolate chip cookies with milk when you look over and see those soulful puppy dog eyes staring at you? While the saddest begging look creeps across his face and he lets out the most pathetic whimper. A dog wanting chocolate can weaken the most stoic dog owner!

Don't give in, ever. You must stay firm.

Chocolate is poison to your dog and can be fatal!

Don't Let Your Dog Get the Taste for Chocolate!

First and foremost, it must be said that dogs must NOT eat chocolate. No matter how pathetic he looks at you, no matter how much he whines, let me repeat....

Dogs must NOT eat chocolate.

Do NOT Do What This Pet Owner Appears to Be Doing!

Keep ALL forms of chocolate out of their reach and locked away at all times.

Keep in mind that once dogs have tasted chocolate, they want more. The problem, according to veterinary experts, is that dogs have a sweet tooth and eating just a speck of chocolate leads a dog to crave more. They become addicted to chocolate very easily.

It can mean that your dog will jump at any opportunity to get any type of chocolate and chocolate can kill your dog.

Causes of Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Chocolate poisoning is caused by excessive intake of the methylxanthine alkaloids . Methylxanthine alkaloids are naturally occurring drugs (primarily theobromine and caffeine) that can be found in chocolate, coffee, tea, cola beverages and some over-the-counter stimulants.

Chocolate preparations contain different concentrations of these active compounds. One of the methylxanthine alkaloids is an element called theobromine, which is lethal to dogs, and another is theophylline, which is similar to caffeine.

The amount of theobromine found in chocolate is small enough that chocolate can be safely consumed by humans in large quantities, but dogs metabolize theobromine slower and can easily consume enough chocolate to cause chocolate poisoning. Dogs are the most common victims of theobromine chocolate poisoning.

The poisoning affects many organ systems, and animals of all ages are susceptible. These drugs cause constricted blood vessels; rapid and weak heart beat; and stimulate the nervous system. Nervous system stimulation leads to hyperactivity, tremors, and seizures. The heart rate becomes increasingly rapid and irregular. The theobromine will remain in their bloodstream for up to 20 hours.

In most cases, dogs are poisoned by eating the processed chocolate used in sweets, baked goods, and chocolate bars. Since these products contain high concentrations of theobromine and caffeine, and dogs love the way they taste, chocolate poisoning is common because of the way they gobble down just about anything and everything.

Puppies and young dogs are especially susceptible as they may be more likely to ingest large amounts of unusual foods. Since chocolate is very often available and dogs enjoy the taste, access to chocolate goodies has become a real problem, with more and more cases of dog chocolate poisoning on the up-rise.

Chocolate Poisoning in Dog

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Chocolate Theobromine Quantity Levels

The quantity of theobromine in chocolate will vary with the different varieties of chocolate.

This list begins with the type of chocolate that has the largest quantity of theobromine and moves down to the type of chocolate with the least amount.

  1. Cocoa Beans
  2. Baker's Chocolate
  3. Baking Cocoa Powder
  4. Dark Chocolate - The higher the percentage of dark chocolate cocoa the more dangerously toxic to your dog.
  5. Chocolate Cocktail Mixes
  6. Chocolate Syrup
  7. Milk Chocolate
  8. Milk Chocolate Powder Mixes - Made into chocolate milk.
  9. Lite Chocolate Syrup
  10. White Chocolate - White chocolate is not really chocolate. It is mostly sugar with the addition of the chocolate fat solids to give it the chocolate flavor.

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Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

The first symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination. These symptoms will occur 2 to 4 hours after intake, and chocolate in the vomit may be obvious. Excessive urination may result from the diuretic (water clearing) action of the chocolate.

Advanced signs of chocolate poisoning include cardiac arrhythmias, hallucinations, stiffness, epileptic seizures, muscle twitching, excitement, extreme responses to noise, light, and touch.

Internal bleeding, heart failure, weakness, coma, and eventually death can occur 12 to 36 hours after intake.

Chocolate poisoning can be confused with many other types of poisoning or conditions. Life threatening chemical poisoning can cause very similar effects.

Chemicals such as strychnine, amphetamines, pesticides, and some rodenticides can have mirror effects.

A typical 40 pound dog will normally experience intestinal distress after eating less than 8 ounces of dark chocolate, but won't necessarily experience bradycardia (a slow heartbeat rate) or tachyarrhythmia (an increase in heart rate) unless it eats at least a pound of milk chocolate.

According to the "The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health", approximately 0.023 ounces of baker's chocolate per pound of a dog's body weight is sufficient to cause symptoms of toxicity. For example, a typical 1 ounce baker's chocolate piece would be enough to bring out symptoms in a 40 pound dog.

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My Dog Ate Chocolate - Now What?

The Steps To Take If Your Dog Should Eat Chocolate

If a dog eats chocolate, immediate induction of vomiting is the best. This can only be done within the first two hours of ingestion. Vomiting can be induced by putting a small amount of vanilla ice cream in a bowl (for taste!) mixed with hydrogen peroxide (amount depends on the weight of the dog) and a teaspoon of salt.

Whatever you do, DO NOT induce vomiting with salt water. You will induce salt toxicity instead of vomiting, which can cause seizures.

Save a sample of the vomit, for analysis, and take both the dog and the sample to the veterinarian immediately.

If, on the other hand, your dog is having a seizure, do NOT attempt to induce vomiting.

Call your veterinarian immediately for advice, before bringing him in to the clinic.

If a combination of chocolate ingestion, vomiting, nervousness, or weakness are seen, take your dog to your vet immediately and again, if possible, bring a sample of the vomit with you for analysis, since this may aid in rapid identification of the toxic substance.

Your veterinarian will examine your dog's nervous system and cardiac function. He may want to test the blood and urine for concentrations of sugar(glucose) and the active ingredient in the chocolate.

Chocolate poisoning in dogs progresses rapidly and symptoms may need to be treated symptomatically until a laboratory diagnosis is confirmed.

If you dog is a medium size to large size dog that has gotten a little bit of chocolate ice cream. I wouldn't be too concerned as there is very little chocolate there. It is mostly milk and sugar. With a smaller dog I would keep a close eye on him.

What Happens When Your Dog Eats Chocolate And Is Taken To The Vet. This Is Necessary.

Cure for Dog Eating Chocolate

There is no antidote

There is no antidote for chocolate poisoning.

Your veterinarian may use drugs to induce vomiting if the chocolate was consumed within the previous 2 - 4 hours.

He may also use a stomach tube and fluids to flush the stomach of the chocolate, followed by an activated charcoal treatment, to prevent any of the drugs from being absorbed into the system.

In dogs with advanced symptoms, specialized medications are needed to control the seizures and to correct the rapid and weak heartbeat in order to prevent heart failure.

Prognosis of Chocolate Toxicity for Dogs

The expected course of chocolate poisoning is 12 to 36 hours depending on the dosage and effectiveness of treatment.

Prognosis is good if the chocolate is removed within 2 to 4 hours of ingestion. Prognosis is guarded in animals with advanced signs such as seizures and serious heart dysfunction.

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Keep an Eye on Your Dog at Holiday Gatherings

For every holiday, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Mother's Day, veterinarians witness an increase in accidental chocolate poisoning in dogs.

The majority of pet owners do not realize that their homes are a potential for dog disasters and leave chocolate easily accessible for their dogs.

Keep in mind that theobromine, caffeine and theophylline molecules which are all naturally occurring molecules that are toxic to dogs are found in several foods, plants, beverages and medications.

How Much Chocolate Can a Dog Eat Without Harm?

10 Steps to Keeping Your Dog Safe During Holiday Parties

  1. Keep dangerous substances up and away from your pets. For instance, common plants such as azaleas, rhododendron, and foxglove can all cause heart failure in your dog if ingested.
  2. Do not leave food unattended. Dogs definitely have a sweet tooth and even a well trained dog may be tempted to snatch a treat, counter-surf, or raid the inside of garbage containers, as well as the outside garbage can, when no one is paying attention.

    Make sure garbage and leftovers are safely disposed of right away. Put a heavy item on all outside garbage can lids so that stray or wild animals cannot get into the trash as well.

  3. Dog-proof your home to keep your dog safe. No chocolate of any kind should ever be given to your dog and it should be kept well out of his reach. All chocolate should be kept in closed containers on high shelves in latched cupboards.

    Raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, onion, onion powder, apple seeds and pear seeds are all toxic to dogs.

  4. During social gatherings, remember to advise your guest, both kids and adults, not to give your dogs anything except their normal treats. Rich foods may cause a painful pancreatic reaction, and guests may not be aware of the dangers that are obvious to you.

    Some people are under the false impression that a dog can eat anything. Kindly show them what treats are available for them to feed Fido.

  5. When having a party, if at all possible, keep your dogs in a separate room with some toys and a comfortable place to lie down. Play some soft music, especially classical, to help them relax, and keep them distracted from the noise of the party.

    Pets that have their own room will feel safer, less stressed, and won't be able to accidentally escape to the buffet table or out the front door.

  6. If the holiday you are celebrating involves wrapped gifts, and you have a chewer in house, keep the gifts up off the floor and on a table out of reach. Puppies chewing on ribbon can choke and /or get strangled.
  7. Halloween decorative lights and Christmas tree lights may create an electrical hazard to your dog. Keep them out of the dogs reach.

    If the Christmas tree is too large to put up on a table away from the dog, then make sure that the wires from the lights are not hanging down where they can be grabbed by the puppy to chew.

  8. Keep glass ornaments and tinsel, being used during the Christmas season, up and out of reach on higher branches. Puppies can again choke on the tinsel and glass ornaments tend to break. You don't want your Great-Grandmother's heirloom ornaments broken, nor do you want your puppy swallowing broken glass.
  9. Consider getting Dog Insurance to protect yourself and your pup against any unforeseen circumstance that may arise.
  10. Lastly, keep current identification on your dog at all times. With holiday parties and guests abounding, your pet may have more opportunities to escape. Buy a new Pet ID Tag with personalized engravings for your pet.


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Is Carob a Safe Alternative to Chocolate?

Carob is a safe and healthy chocolate alternative. FOR HUMANS. Carob will not harm your dog, however, I must do my duty to the safety of all dogs and warn against feeding it to your puppies as a treat.

No, the carob will not harm the dogs, but unlike humans, dogs do not have the ability to use rational thinking. They will only go by their senses. To a dog, there isn't any difference in chocolate or carob. They both taste and smell the same, like milk chocolate.

If you give your dog carob biscuits, cookies, or other carob treats, they will want more of it and they don't have the ability to tell the difference between carob and chocolate.

It would be far too easy for a dog that is use to the taste and smell of carob to go into the garbage and eat chocolate that someone has thrown out. It would be far to easy for them to sneak a piece of chocolate cake off of the table because they think it is something you have fed them before.

In my opinion, it is better to avoid giving them carob altogether rather than introducing something that smells and taste like chocolate. It will only to add confusion to your animal when one is allowed and the other isn't.

On the Respect Life Eat Veggies Blog there is a recipe for "Pumpkin Dog Biscuits" (pictured in the photo above right). The owner of the blog made these Pumpkin Dog Biscuits for her pups and they wouldn't eat them, so she dipped them in melted carob and of course the puppies loved them. If you use this recipe instead of the one on her blog, your dogs will love them without having to introduce them to carob.


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Make Your Pups Healthy Treats They Will Love

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 tablespoons bacon fat

1/2 cup pumpkin, canned

1 whole egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and cut in bacon fat like you would shortening. Beat egg with milk and pumpkin and combine with flour, mixing well. Stir until soft dough forms. Drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool and serve and to your dog.

Keep the extra in an airtight container.

Note: You could also roll the dough to about a 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface,and cut with a dog bone shape cookie cutter and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Sammi's Salmon Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1 8-oz. can Salmon with juice

1/2 cup of Parsley - chopped

3 eggs

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup flax seeds

2-3 cups of Whole Wheat Flour

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)

2. Grind the Flax & Sesame seeds in a grinder, preferably a coffee grinder so they are finely ground.

3. Then mix all of the ingredients (except the flour) in a food processor and mix well.

4. Mix in the flour by pouring it in slowly and pulsing until the dough forms a ball.

This normally takes somewhere between 2-3 cups of flour.

5. Add a little flour to your table top and knead in the remaining flour so you get the dough smooth and no longer sticky. This should take you about 3 - 4 minutes.

6. Roll out the dough to about 1-in (2 cm) thick.

7. Cut the dough vertically, using a pizza cutter, about 1-in.(2 cm) between each cut.

8. Then cut horizontally, again about 1-in.(2 cm) apart.

9. This should form small squares.

10. Place them on a grease baking sheet.

11. Bake for about 20 minutes then flip them and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.

12. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before feeding them to your dog.

13. You can make the treats as hard or soft as you like, although crunchy is better for their teeth.

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      DrDog 9 years ago

      Hi KonaGirl, Thanks for this info that every pet owner should know! Dennis, author of How to Stop a Dog from Biting.

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      larrybla lm 9 years ago

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Great lens. I never would have thought that chocolate would so dangerous.

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Great info. Love to take care of animals rated 5 stars.

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      Hi June,

      Great lens with important info. I love dogs. I have a site for dog info at: http://info-about-dogs.com

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      June Parker 9 years ago from New York

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      DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

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      Guinness LM 9 years ago

      Vital information for dog health! Thank you for spreading the word to protect our dogs. Well presented lens, too - 5 stars, Favorites, and Lensrolled at Best Dog Health Care for Your Best Dog.

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      I rated your lens at 5 stars. This is one of those topics we have heard about, yet until now, had very little information. This is a lens for any dog owner and I will pass it on to my dog owner friends. All the Best, Karen at Karen's Kinkade Art Store

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for the important information you have included here.

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      Karen Kay 9 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Kona,

      Thank you so much for this info...I never knew why dogs shouldn't eat chocolate. This clears it up...plus I appreciate the tips on what to do if they do eat chocolate...Thanks so much! From your CYN Friend, KK

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      FESA 9 years ago

      Great lens. Although I knew that chocolate was poisonous to dogs and could have fatal consequences if consumed, I certainly didn't know the whole story or the reasons behind the threat. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Fran

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      MyKidsInheritance 9 years ago

      My pup Wesley may argue, but this is fantastic advice!

      5 stars....

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      Isalini 9 years ago

      Hey, Kona girl...great lens! A paws up for you! I wonder if this chocolate thing holds true for cats, too? Come find out about the cat in dog's clothing...Basenjidogs

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      So, now I know why. Thanks for the great resource!

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      roundabout 9 years ago

      I think you can get special dog chocolate

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      June Parker 9 years ago from New York

      Yes, you can get dog chocolate that is safe for dogs. Carob is also a product that taste like chocolate and is safe for dogs to eat. The only problem is that a dog doesn't know the difference. The products smell like chocolate. Your dog gets the taste for it, he will be tempted to eat the real thing

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      I love this lens. It is important that dog owners understand the dangers of certain foods. Great job and good content.

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      thanks for the informative lens, well done..

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      Great lens. Very informative and I now realise how lucky we were one time when our two dogs went crazy when we were out.

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      Number7 9 years ago

      Wow, what an informative lens on this topic. It is interesting how many types of foods we eat are actually harmful to dogs like grapes. It makes you want to examine more fully every aspect of your dogs overall health, and be more careful in what you give them to eat. Good job!

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      BuddyShearer 9 years ago

      Great Site! I REALLY loved learning about the chocolate issues for dogs. I have three dogs of my own but only one gives us trouble with food and stuff so I am becoming more of a "The Dog Whisperer" just for here.

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      Ronnie says hi and he likes this lens although he's also very wary when it comes to Dogs and Chocolate so this is a really important lens for all dogs and their owners. Thanks 5 stars!

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      richgerman 8 years ago

      thanks i learned a lot:) hehhehe as what petportraitartist said if there is 100 stars ill give it all to you! very informative lens especially for dog lovers.

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      hearthealth lm 8 years ago

      Wow, this is my first time to hear about keeping dogs off chocolate. Thanks, wouldn't want anything to happen to my tyrannical Shih Tzu! 5* and faved!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      so, it is really true that chocolates is really bad for the dog and I'm thankful this lens of yours have proven to me that it is so. A friend once told me about this but I never believe it at first but now I'm convinced. Thanks for the tip! hope to read some more of your lenses. You do love dogs, don't you? I love them, too! Matter of fact, I'm really obsessed with them that I put some of my dog's pictures on my personal checks. You can get more idea about this when you click here ...You'll surely love what you will see. 5 stars for your wonderful lens!

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      Lizblueberry 8 years ago

      VERY informative lens!! I hope every dog owner reads this!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I knew chocolate was bad for your dog. But this really explains it. Thanks for the information.

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      jackinabox lm 8 years ago

      Have seen people wanting to distract their dogs from unwanted behaviour by offering them a piece of chocolate. Even though they may know that chocolate can be dangerous to the health of their dog they still proceed to feed the dog chocolate.

      While it may not hurt the dog this time.. You never know if this is the one time it is not going to be okay.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      [in reply to jackinabox] This is so true. Some large dogs don't seem to be bothered by chocolate right away, and then the owners wonder what cause their medical problems further down the road when the internal organs have been damage. Ya think it could have been something they ate?

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      Swededesigns 7 years ago

      I'm going to come right out and say this. I had a dog for 15 years that was a choco-holic! She would grab any chocolate she could get and I NEVER saw her look or act ill from it. In fact, every vet visit came back clean as a whistle. So, what I am thinking is that possibly, now I'm not saying for sure because I have no clue, but maybe it's worse on certain breeds of dogs? Or maybe if they eat nothing but dog food and THEn have chocolate, because ours ate a lot of table foods...not bones mind you, but hamburger, steak, pork...that sort of thing. Because surely if chocolate was THAT poisonous to dogs, she wouldn't have lived past her second year. She was the happiest, healthiest dog I have ever had. Back when I first got her as a pup many years ago, there wasn't anything bad written about dogs eating chocolate. Or maybe it's just that now with the internet being so big and most homes having computers, the word is getting out more, I don't know.

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      triathlontraini1 7 years ago

      [in reply to Swededesigns]

      Another possibility is that much of the chocolate had minimal amounts of actual cocoa. Maybe it was more artificial than anything. Also, perhaps the dog's size was a factor. Who knows?

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      My daughter works at an animal hospital and sees first hand the terrible results of dogs eating chocolate. Thank you for making people aware of how deadly it can be. 5 *****

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Very well presented.

      Now, I understand why dogs can't eat chocolates.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Great information! I've known a few dogs that got into chocolate and were okay (no apparent symptoms, so said their owners), but I never, ever let my dog near it. I once JUST caught a friend about to give our dog chocolate syrup, and I think I scared her when I shouted, "No!" But better than my dog's tongue and that chocolate coming in contact. Then I explained why I shouted to my friend, who, even at nearly 40 years old, had never heard that chocolate and dogs don't mix.

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      AABTraining 7 years ago

      Very good info, kudos for a well built lens! Love the recipe...

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      My friends dog won't eat chocolate even when persuaded. He is so sophisticated :))

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      What a fantastic page for pet owners! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      antoivo lm 6 years ago

      Brilliant page i love this lens it explains a lot i would never feed my dog chocolate!

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      This is a very important message. Not every dog owner realises that chocolate is toxic to their pet. I have heard that chewing gum is also dangerous to dogs.

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Great lens! We used to give our dogs chocolate until we learned not to. I can't say we ever noticed any ill effects but better safe than sorry.

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      ChelseaGold 6 years ago

      Very helpful! Thank you!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Not my usual neighborhood, but this certainly deserves a blessing! Going to tweet it too! :)

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      Suze05 LM 6 years ago

      OMG..My dog ate some chocolate when she was a puppy. She got into some M&Ms and got so sick, she almost died. It was awful. I brought her to the vet and he tried to tell me she had Parvo..but I knew it was the chocolate..She couldn't keep anything down but I gave her Pedialyte..(advised the the vet's assistant) and could only get her to eat boiled chicken.Luckily, she pulled through, but I definitely have gone way out of my way to make sure none of my dogs ever eat chocolate again. Great info here!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      @Suze05 LM: So glad your puppy pulled through the bad experience. It must have been terrible for you.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens, I never knew that , we have had a dog eat a box of chocolates from under the Christmas tree, but it was okay. But I will remember this lens next time I see a dog and chocolates. Maybe that's why I cannot eat chocolates without getting an upset stomach and headache. Blessed.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      I'm glad I don't get poisoned from chocolate. ;o) No but good info here!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Don't have a dog, but no need to worry. If i got one, we have enough chocoeaters already!

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      SoundsOfBliss 5 years ago

      Pumpkin dog biscuits are a great idea. And a good tip to watch your dog at gatherings. But my dog will be searching for mashed potato... Interesting lens and justifies my keeping all the chocolate for myself, despite the begging routine!

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      AaronSquid 5 years ago

      Well done., really useful lens. It's surprising how many people don't know that feeding chocolate to their dog is a bad move.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      This is a valuable information. A big help to first time dog owners.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      No to chocolates, doggies. Thank you for sharing this lens so people will be aware about how important it is not to feed their dogs chocolate.

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      surfer1969 lm 4 years ago

      Yep chocolate will killed your dog If you give It to them.Nice lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Adding this great lens to the Related Pages on one of my lenses

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      @OhMe: Thanks so much for the backlink. It is so greatly appreciated.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Very informative lens, you certainly caught my attention. I had heard of this before but basically knew nothing about it until now. Thank you for sharing this.

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      David 2 years ago

      I have learned quite a few impoatrnt things by means of your post. I'd personally also like to express that there might be situation where you will apply for a loan and never need a co-signer such as a Government Student Aid Loan. But if you are getting a loan through a classic loan company then you need to be prepared to have a co-signer ready to enable you to. The lenders can base that decision on a few aspects but the biggest will be your credit worthiness. There are some financial institutions that will as well look at your job history and decide based on that but in many instances it will hinge on your report.

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      keith jones 2 months ago

      there us some false information on this lens particularly what to d if your dog eats chocolate

      firstly never give your dog any chocolate of any kind even the kind aimed at dogs choc drops for instance

      never use hydrogen peroxide to make a dog vomit

      check with your vet immediately before giving anything to make him/her vomit instead

      this lens was based in an earlier lens.

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