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Everyone enjoys chocolates. It’s something that’s served on various festive occasions or even as a treat after lunch. Although all humans enjoy chocolate, it can be deadly for our dogs. Different types of chocolate have different effects on your dog. You might have a few or all of these chocolates in your home. It is therefore important to find out how each type can affect your dog.
Different Types Of Chocolate
Take special care not to leave chocolate lying around where your dog might get to it. Dogs are inquisitive creatures and can find anything including chocolate easily. Especially on busy nights and holidays like Easter, Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day. There is an ingredient called Theobromine found in chocolate that’s especially toxic to dogs. Different chocolates have different amounts of theobromine in them and as such vary in toxicity. Another harmful ingredient found in chocolate is the mixture of sugar and cocoa. The mixture can cause adverse effects in dogs. Let’s rank the chocolates from least harmful to most.
White chocolate has the least amount of theobromine. It could give your dog an upset stomach when consumed in small amounts. When consumed in larger amounts, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and possibly pancreatitis. Although dogs have a really bad reaction to white chocolate, it doesn’t cause intense heart problems that are commonly associated with theobromine.
Milk chocolate also has lesser amounts of theobromine when compared to other chocolates like dark and baking chocolate. It’s found in a number of left-over candy from Valentine’s Day or Halloween. A large intake of milk chocolate can result in excessive diarrhea and vomiting.
Dark and baking chocolates can be fatal for your dogs. Whether it is consumed in small amounts or large amounts, dark chocolate can have really bad effects for your dogs. Symptoms include irregular, fast heartbeats (irrational increase and decrease), seizures, tremors, and in some cases, death.
Baking chocolate is the most harmful type of chocolate. It contains the highest levels of theobromine when compared to other types of chocolate. It’s especially harmful when ingested in the form of baked goods such as cakes and brownies. The additional sugar in the baked goods further complicate the effects that baking chocolate has on dogs. The additional sugar can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and pancreatitis. The consumption of even a small amount of baking chocolate can cause heart problems.
What To Do Upon Ingestion
As typical symptoms take up to 8 hours to manifest, the first step is to find out the amount of chocolate your dog has ingested. If he’s only ingested a little milk or white chocolate, veterinary intervention is not necessary. If he’s ingested dark or baking chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Even a very small amount of chocolate has the ability to make your dog sick. A large amount can be fatal.