The truth about Chocolates being poisonous to dogs (Day 96)

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs

Todays diary entry is sponsored by Waggy Tail Dog Bakery

Most dogs owners will tell you that chocolate is poisonous, yet many can not tell you why, or how much is needed so hopefully I will clear up some of the myths here.

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs

The reason chocolate is poisonous to dogs is because it is produced using seeds from the Cocoa Tree (Theobroma cacao) which contains a chemical called theobromine.In addition many choclates contain other ingredients such as raisins or coffee beans which are also toxic to dogs.

Theobromine belongs to a class of drugs known as methylxanthines which act upon the central nervous system. In addition they also cause muscular contractility in the muscles of the heart and skeleton which can lead to irregular heart rhythms and heart attack.

Some people mistakingly believe that white chocolate is safe for dogs, however this is not the case. Whilst white chocolate has a lower concentration of theobromine than dark chocolate it still contains this toxic ingredient and so remains dangerous.

How much chocolate is poisonous to dogs?

Current research indicates that just 1.25 grams of dark chocolate per kilogram can be lethal to dogs and needs urgent veterinary treatment. This means that for a 20Kg dog, just 25grams of dark chocolate is enough to cause serious problems. Milk and White chocolate have a higher tolerance however veterinary advice is still urgently needed, and if there is extra ingredients in the chocolate such as raisins or coffee then its even more urgent.

Signs and Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

The signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs commonly show within 4 hours from ingestion, however can take up to 24 hours to show in some cases. The signs including vomiting, increased salivation, increased drinking and urinating, exciteability, tremors, convulsions and muscles going rigid.

What should you do if your dog eats chocolate

If your dog has eaten chocolate you need to contact your vet immediately, try to work out how much they have eaten, and the type of chocolate it was. Also if it contains any other ingredients such as raisins or coffee you should tell your vet this. If you get your dog to the vet fast the prognosis is usually very good, however delaying seeking veterinary attention gives the chocolate time to enter the system and cause further problems.

Todays diary entry has been sponsored by Waggy Tail Dog Bakery, bakers of handmade dog cakes and cookies from the finest  human grade ingredients!
Waggy Tail Dog Bakery are dog bakers that produce handmade dog cakes and cookies in addition to the most stunning “theobromine free” dog chocolates I have come across! Their processes have been approved be DEFRA and they use only the finest human ingredients with no articifical colors, flavourings or preservatives!

The library, chocolate pebbles and the 1948 Olympics

Chocolate Flavour Pebbles

Today has been a long day I spent most of it in the library as I decided that I should have a look at other dissertations to work out just how my dissertation should be laid out. Actually I was lucky as I decided to walk across the carparks and not along the lane as it was like a river when I saw it later! I learn best by looking and seeing instead of the pages of text that I’ve been given with instructions. Its also given me extra confidence that I am going be able to get the mark that I want! Whooop! There are a few patterns emerging within the results and I will try and give an update on this Tuesday evening.

I’ve decided that I will be lanching the video diary to accompany this next week, alongside trying to get a few short videos made looking at different things in more depth.

My housemates have spent this week on holiday (yay to house to myself!) however came back today bringing me chocolate flavour pebbles from Oceanarium.

Chocolate Flavour Pebbles
Chocolate Flavour Pebbles

And when I was walking home from the bus stop it started to really rain so I stopped in the pub until it stopped, and randomly started talking to a local historian about the olympics. He actually has an original bicycle pennant from the 1948 olympics and a pin-button badge to accompany it so I couldn’t resist getting a photo to share!

1948 London Olympic Bicycle Pennant Pin Button
1948 London Olympic Bicycle Pennant Pin Button

Till tommorow people, just 4 days to go!