Every year, we sadly treat many accidental poisonings around Easter time and other holidays such as Christmas, as many people don’t realise that chocolate is toxic for dogs.
The risk is a timely reminder to keep your vet’s emergency details somewhere you can find them quickly, in case your pet ever needs urgent treatment.
- Telephone: 01527 889810 – So you can call us as soon as you know something is wrong
- Address: 5 Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7JJ – So you can bring your pet to us as soon as possible, after calling us to say you’re on your way
It doesn’t matter which member of the team you speak to, but make sure you say it’s an emergency and ask if a vet nurse or a vet is available immediately.
Why chocolate is dangerous for dogs
Chocolate contains caffeine and also a substance known as theobromine – both of which are toxic to animals. Their bodies don’t process these elements in the same way that the human body does, so they can cause medical complications.
Dark chocolate is the most dangerous, as the higher the level of cocoa, the higher the levels of theobromine and caffeine. However, milk chocolate can also be a risk.
Dogs have an excellent sense of smell and can easily sniff out treats they shouldn’t have – so you should always make sure they’re out of reach or shut away.
Spotting the symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs
If you don’t know for sure that your dog has ingested chocolate, but you see any of the following symptoms, then please call us right away.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Rapid breathing and/or increased heart rate
- Muscle rigidity and/or increased reflex responses
- Increased body temperature
- Weakness and low blood pressure
If you actually see your dog eat chocolate, then also call us immediately. Acting fast could make a big difference to the outcome.
If you don’t want your dog to miss out…
There are many special ‘dog chocolate’ treats available that your pet can enjoy, from dog-safe chocolate buttons, to posh doggie chocolate boxes. However, these should be given as part of a balanced healthy diet, and there are lots of other healthy dog-safe treats to choose from such as carrot, cucumber, apple (not the pips), melon and mango, which your dog may enjoy just as much.