Use chocolate toxicity calculator dog to assess the severity of the toxicity of chocolate to your dog.
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Chocolates are poisonous to your pets. They contain two chemicals that are toxic to dogs and cats. The chemicals are called theobromine and caffeine. Both these chemicals are known as methylxanthines, they are natural stimulants.
Different types of chocolates have different amounts of these chemicals. So, the amount and the type of chocolate determine the severity of toxicity. White chocolate and milk chocolate are the least toxic due to less amount of these chemicals.
Dark chocolates have more levels of theobromine. So they are more dangerous.
With the upcoming holiday season, cases of chocolate toxicity will go up. So keep your furry animals away from chocolates.
How Much Chocolate is Toxic to Dogs?
Dogs metabolize these chemicals differently from humans. so, the chance of poisoning is high in dogs. Whether chocolate will cause poisoning or not depends on the amount of chocolate ingested, type of chocolate and overall health status of the pet.
As low as 20 mg/kg theobromine ingestion can cause mild symptoms like drooling, vomiting or diarrhea. Ingestion of theobromine more than 200 mg/kg can cause seizure or even death.
Use a chocolate toxicity calculator dog to check levels of toxicity.
What are the clinical signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs?
What are the symptoms of chocolate toxicity in dogs?
Your pet may show some or all of the following symptoms depending on the type of chocolate and amount of ingestion. Clinical symptoms of chocolate poisoning generally appear in a few hours after ingestion and can last for a few days.
- Abdominal distention
- Lack of appetite
- Muscle spasms, tremors
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive panting
- Increased water intake and urination
- Seizures, collapse, and death in rare cases
What should I do if my dog eats chocolate?
Call your veterinarian immideiately, they can induce vomitng, give activated charcoal or give IV fluid therapy depending on level of toxicity.
Can one chocolate chip kill a dog?
Yes, but it all depends on the type of chocolate, the amount of ingestion, and the bodyweight of the dog. for a general idea, you can use Chocolate toxicity calculater
What happens if a dog eats milk chocolate?
Milk choclate has very small amount of theobromine. so chance of severe toxicity is very less, it can cause stomach upset.
How does a vet induce vomiting in a dog?
Vomiting can be induced with a medicine called Apomorphine. it is given IV or intra-muscular or in the eye.
Will a lick of chocolate kill a dog?
All depend on the amount of theobrine ingested or licked by the pet. if it is dark chocolate, then it may cause seroius concerns.
What is Chocolate Toxicity meter?
This is a simple tool that helps to determine the seriousness of chocolate toxicity. It is for general guidelines, you can not completely rely on it. Always consult your veterinarian.
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This information is NOT intended as a substitute for veterinary consultation for any of your pet’s diseases. Always consult your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan.