Oh no, your dog just got into some chocolate!  How do you know if the amount eaten is a danger to your pet which requires an emergency visit to the veterinarian’s office?

The PetMD website has created a chocolate toxicity meter for dogs.  You can quickly enter your dog’s weight, the type of chocolate, and the amount eaten to find out if your dog needs to get to the vet ASAP.

Sometimes a very small amount of chocolate eaten by a large dog requires nothing more than observing your dog for symptoms such as vomiting and restlessness.  However, a small dog that eats several ounces of chocolate might be in more danger and require immediate veterinary attention.

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are toxic to dogs.  Dark chocolate poses a higher risk than milk chocolate.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, seizures, and even cardiac failure and coma in severe cases.

In addition to the toxicity meter, check out PetMD for a handy guide on the theobromine and caffeine content of popular chocolate products, such as M&Ms and Peanut Butter Cups.

On the same page, you can also see a list of the types of chocolate that have the highest amount of theobromine (unsweetened cocoa and baking chocolate top the list).

 

5 thoughts on “Your Dog Ate Chocolate: Here’s How to Calculate How Much is Too Much

  1. What a good idea! Mum’s dog Rocky ate half a box of chocolate liqueurs at Christmas – she was panicking and we took him to the vet but he was fine.

    This is great information to have xx

  2. What a great resource. Hopefully it will help people out so they don’t completely go over the edge when their pet nibbles on this forbidden treat. Wishing everyone at Face a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

    1. Yes, it seems like it will be really useful to let people know when they need to seek help, or as you say, not panic over one small bite! Happy Memorial Day to you!!!

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