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Chocolate - it's no good for dogs

The Easter Bunny is on his way and about to make his deliveries, but no-one told him that chocolates are bad for dogs.

Our clever canines are designed to seek-out any morsel of chocolate - big or small, wrapped or unwrapped! However, even small amounts of chocolate can be devastating.


Why Is Chocolate Poisonous?

As well as the high fat content, chocolate contains two stimulants called caffeine and theobromine. These stimulates, affect the central nervous system and the heart muscle, as well as urination frequency.


Unfortunately dogs have trouble digesting theobromine and ingestion leads to:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors, panting and a racing heart
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Seizures

Theobromine ingestion can be fatal in some dogs.


How Much Chocolate Is Toxic to a Dog?

It depends on the type of chocolate and the weight of your pet. Check out this handy calculator to give you an idea of the amounts that may be toxic in your dog.

 As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is - so keep that cooking chocolate safely hidden away.

 For supermarket products, around 90g dark chocolate (or 200g of milk chocolate) can kill a 5kg dog. The toxic amount will be lower for high-quality products like Lindt or Haighs.


Signs of Chocolate Poisoning

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • abnormal heartbeat
  • excessive urination
  • restlessness / excitement
  • unsteadiness
  • muscle tremors
  • seizures


HELP! My dog ate chocolate, what should I do?

If your dog has ingested ANY amount of chocolate, it's best to call us immediately. In most cases, if we are able to make your dog vomit we can prevent any nasty side effects.

**Vomiting is only safely induced by a veterinarian.


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123 Main South Road
O’Halloran Hill, SA 5158

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142 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
Hilton, SA 5033