Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?

February 25, 2022

As much as we know that a dog's digestive system is different from ours, one cannot resist sharing a piece of their favourite bar of chocolate with an eager pet. But no, your pup doesn't want your chocolate – they don’t even know what chocolate is or that it might be poisonous for them. 

But as dog parents, we all know how difficult it is to resist those puppy eyes. So, when you do want to indulge your dog, give them carob instead. It’s a less toxic alternative to chocolates and can be used to make dog-friendly cookies, waffles, etc. But as with all treats, remember to feed it in limited amounts.

Carob

What to do in case your dog eats chocolate?

Your brilliant dog just discovered your chocolate stash, and you happen to catch them in the act. What do you do now?

Well, depending on your pet's body weight, the less they consume, the milder the symptoms of chocolate toxicity will be.

Call your vet right away and tell them the 4 things that are absolutely critical to deduce the severity of the situation:

  • The amount of chocolate consumed
  • The weight of your dog
  • The kind of chocolate (milk, dark, semi-sweet, unsweetened, or cocoa powder)
  • The time of consumption

Depending upon your inputs, your vet might ask you to look out for the clinical symptoms mentioned above and bring your pet to the clinic if their condition worsens. If the vet is positively sure that the amount your pet had eaten could not harm their health, have a close watch for the next several hours.

For less severe cases, the vet might induce vomiting. If the severity is high, your vet may prescribe medications and IV fluids or monitor your pet overnight. 

What should you do if you are unsure of the amount of chocolate your pet has consumed?

Take your pet to the vet as soon as possible. Though they might not develop symptoms right away, the sooner you treat them, the easier it is to flush out the toxins.

Can you treat your pet at home after they eat chocolate?

Unless recommended by a vet or a pet poison helpline, never ever attempt to treat your pet by yourself. And while doing it on recommendation, be careful and follow instructions, as it might turn harmful, should something go wrong. 

doggo looking at chocolate

Is there anything you can do to stop your pet from longing for that piece of chocolate in your hand?

Your pets have feelings too. They would expect you to share whatever you are eating with them. Let alone chocolates, by feeding them food off your hand/plate, unknowingly, you are adding extra calories to their diet. In such cases, you can keep a box of crackers, carob treats, or dog food that you can give them as treats.

How can you prevent chocolate poisoning in your pet?

With a bit of patience, you can prevent troubles in the future.

  • Make sure no chocolate lies around within your pet's reach.
  • Educate your family and friends to avoid feeding chocolates to your canine companion. 

Watch this video to know why you should not give your dog chocolates:

 

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