How much chocolate will kill a dog?
It doesnt even need to take that much for toxic signs to be shown. It all depends on how much of the poisonous ingredient theobromine is in the type of chocolate eaten. White chocolate for all intents and purposes is harmless. It only contains tiny amounts of this substance.
Signs That Your Dog Has Been Poisoned by Chocolate and What to Do
With large amounts, theobromine can produce the following symptoms of toxicity:
The onset of theobromine poisoning is usually marked by severe hyperactivity.
The usual treatment for theobromine poisoning is to induce vomiting within two hours of ingestion.
If you are worried or suspect that your dog may have eaten a large quantity of chocolate and they are showing any of the signs listed above, call your vet immediately.
Kinds of Chocolate That Can Kill a Dog
One of the first things you need to know a chocolate’s toxicity level. Keep in mind that chocolates with more cocoa solids have higher theobromine content.
However, keep in mind that chocolate isn’t the sole factor. Death from chocolate intoxication also depends on your dog’s weight and the amount of chocolate consumed. See this table to compare how the type of chocolate can kill your dog.
|Type of Chocolate||Theobromine Content||Lethal Amount for Dogs|
|White Chocolate||0.01 mg||1 to 2 ounces per pound of a dog’s weight|
|Milk Chocolate||2.4 mg||1 ounce per pound of a dog’s weight|
|Dark Chocolate||5.5 mg||Less than an ounce of a dog’s weight|
|Cooking or Baking Chocolate||16 mg||1 ounce per pound of a dog’s weight|
|Sweet Cacao||60 mg||0.3 ounces per pound of a dog’s weight|
How Much Chocolate Can Kill Your Dog?
A dog’s body can’t handle the high levels of caffeine and theobromine in chocolate, which are toxic to dogs. The quantity of chocolate an average-sized dog needs to ingest before it has a bad reaction varies from dog to dog and type to type of chocolate.
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs as it contains theobromine. Humans easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system. The potential toxicity of chocolate to your dog depends on the type of chocolate, the amount consumed and your dog’s size. In large enough amounts, chocolate and cocoa products can kill your dog.
(If you want to know what other human foods are harmful to your dog, you can read this blog post by Petcarerx.)
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