So it’s no surprise that we humans use it to make our cookies, cakes, candies, and ice cream taste extra yummy…
Well, this is a very true statement, and if you’re here right now, it’s probably because you’re asking yourself questions like…
What if my dog ate 20 chocolate chip cookies when I wasn’t looking? Do I need to rush him to the hospital? Will he be ok?
These are the types of questions we’ll be answering in this article, and we’ll be doing that by going over the following information…
In the end, you’ll know why the chocolate in chocolate chip cookies is toxic for dogs, and you’ll also know exactly what you should do if your dog ate chocolate chip cookies…
Why Is Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?
Chocolate contains two ingredients that can be toxic to dogs: caffeine and theobromine. The amount of these two ingredients vary according to the type of chocolate and the percentage of cocoa solids it contains. Dark chocolate typically contains the highest amount of these toxic ingredients, milk chocolate has moderate content and white chocolate contains the least.
The type of chocolate, the amount ingested, and the size of the dog all have a part to play in the effect on your dog. For example, if a small breed dog eats a large quantity of dark chocolate then there is a higher likelihood of a negative effect compared to a large dog. Therefore, the symptoms seen in our pets may range from no signs at all, a simple upset tummy to severe life-threatening problems. Chocolate and caffeine both act as stimulants in the brain and heart causing hyperactivity, rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, and possibly death. Unfortunately, if left untreated, the effects of chocolate toxicity may lead to death within 24 hours.
The effects of chocolate toxicity can be seen as early as one hour after ingestion. Other symptoms may include:
How Much Chocolate is Bad for a Dog?
While there is no “safe” amount of chocolate for dogs – there are thresholds at which different dogs can consume chocolate and not be in danger.
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With this basic body weight rule in mind a Labrador Retriever will be able to eat more chocolate without side effects than a Chihuahua.
Because chocolate chip cookies almost always contain more cookie than chocolate, in most cases if your dog ate a SINGLE chocolate chip cookie they are unlikely to be in danger. Or if the cookie was actually a carob recipe or dog safe “fake chocolate” then you are perfectly OK.
You can find carob chips like these OliveNation Unsweetened Carob Chips on Amazon.
However if your dog is a puppy or very old or if the cookie contains very dark bakers chocolate it can be more of a threat.
It’s the dose that makes the poison! Pets that ingest a few M&Ms or 1-2 bites of a chocolate chip cookie are unlikely to develop chocolate poisoning.
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Can Dogs Eat Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Chocolate chip cookies contain chocolate, which is poisonous to dogs. Luckily, the amount of chocolate in a cookie is usually small, but if the chocolate is dark chocolate or your dog eats several cookies, they could be bad for dogs. In addition, chocolate-chip cookies can contain other ingredients that could make them worse for dogs. Added raisins, nuts, or cocoa all make them more toxic. It is not recommended that you feed your dog chocolate chip cookies, as they can be poisonous.
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