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Chocolate Toxicity For Dogs

Chocolate Toxicity Chart For Dogs

With all the chocolate that's bound to be lying around your house this weekend for Valentine's Day, it's important to be aware of how toxic it is for your pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean. While the amounts necessary to poison your dog vary by type of chocolate, it's the theobromine that causes the danger to pets.

Check out this handy chocolate chart showing toxicity amounts of different types of chocolate from Dog Owner's Digest. Included are important weights and amounts, making this a smart chart to print out. Calculate your pup's weight, fill in the blanks (it requires a bit of math!), and store in a safe place.

Type of chocolate 1-pound dog 10-pound dog 20-pound dog 40-pound dog
White chocolate 200 ounces 125 pounds 250 pounds 500 pounds
Milk chocolate 1 ounce 1/2 pound 1 pound 2 pounds
Sweet cocoa .3 ounces 1/6 pound 1/3 pound 2/3 pound
Baking chocolate .1 ounces 1 ounce 2 ounces 4 ounces

The average chocolate candy bar contains two to three ounces. Dark chocolate falls closest to the baking chocolate estimations whereas semisweet chocolate falls in between milk chocolate and sweet cocoa.

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darlene darlene 8 years
good to know
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
My lab once ate 6 king size Hershey's bars, in one sitting. It scared us, but she didn't even get a tummy ache. She also ate 11 packs of Trident gum one time, wrappers & all. There were all of these pink lumps & multi colored Trident wrappers in the yard for a few days after that, if you know what I mean. There were many other instances. That dog would eat anything she could get her mouth around! You could not leave anything on the counter top, including purses (mints & gum).
facin8me facin8me 8 years
My dog growing up once ate an entire box of Fannie May Turtles. She would eat one, vomit, then repeat. It was a great scene to come home to.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
once my dog ate a whole chocolate bunnY! i felt soo bad for him! he knew he did something wrong and on top of that he puked for hours and hours it made him so so so siCK!! that i didn't even get mad at him i just tried my best to comfort him...but i guess it was my fault i was cleanin my room and put it in the garbage and didn't put the garbage where he couldn't eat it.. awe :( i miss him so much!
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
very interesting - thanks for the information
Pets Pets 8 years
.... oh, and kitty shouldn't have chocolate either! But, don't worry, that just means more chocolate for you!
Pets Pets 8 years
It is just meant to give doggy owners some context if (by accident) a dog gets into some chocolate that he shouldn't – if this does happen to your pet, however, please bring him to a vet anyway just to make sure he's okay. It's better to be safe than sorry...
redegg redegg 8 years
So what does this show? How much it takes to kill them? :?
Pata-and-Donut Pata-and-Donut 8 years
I had a cocker named Teddy once ate an entire chocolate EMMY statue...full scale. He was fine. Not so fine once when he found a Hash Brownie (I didn't know!) in a friends back pack when we went camping...:( he was stoned for day's. That dog was the ultimate bag stealing thief who loved chocolate.
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
Good to know. My dogs are both around 60 pounds and I always freak out if they go anywhere near chocolate thinking that even the smallest piece is going to be poisonous. I guess I've been over reacting.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Wow, very interesting.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to have, just in case.
krampalicious krampalicious 8 years
i've always wondered... does this apply to cats, too?
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