Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs

Daven Hiskey 72
Dog Eating ChocolateToday I found out why chocolate is bad for dogs.

Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine”.  Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines).  Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increases blood pressure.

Dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, cannot metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans can; this causes the above effects to be much more severe than is the case with humans.   The specific notable side effects of toxic levels of theobromine in dogs includes: diarrhea; vomiting; increased urination; muscle twitching; excessive panting; hyperactive behavior; whining; dehydration; digestive problems; seizures; and rapid heart rate.  Some of these symptoms, like the rapid heart rate, can ultimately be fatal to the dog.

So how much chocolate is too much for a dog?  That depends on the size and age of the dog, as well as what type of chocolate was consumed.  The larger the dog, the more theobromine they can handle without dying and older dogs tend to have more problems with the side effects, as noted above.

As far as the chocolate itself, cocoa powder contains about sixteen times as much theobromine per ounce over milk chocolate, with most popular forms of chocolate falling somewhere between those two, excepting white chocolate, which contains insignificant amounts of theobromine per ounce, making it extremely unlikely to be able to be consumed in sufficient quantities to harm a dog.

For more specific figures, here are the approximate amounts of theobromine  per ounce of chocolate:

  • Cocoa powder: 800 mg/oz
  • Baker’s chocolate (unsweetened): 450 mg/oz
  • Dark chocolate: 150 mg/oz
  • Milk chocolate: 50 mg/oz

So, the general rules for the amount of chocolate that will be toxic for a dog:

  • Milk chocolate: one ounce per pound of body weight (so, without intervention, a 16 pound dog (7.2 kg) would likely die from eating one pound of milk chocolate)
  • Dark chocolate: 1/3 of an ounce per pound of body weight (around 5 ounces of dark chocolate for that same 16 pound dog)
  • Baker’s chocolate: 1/9 of an ounce per pound of body weight (around 1.8 ounces of baker’s chocolate for a 16 pound dog)
  • Cocoa powder: 1/16 of an ounce per pound of dog (around 1 ounce of cocoa powder to kill a 16 pound dog)

On the other extreme end, it would take about 200 pounds of white chocolate consumed within a 17 hour period to reach toxic levels of theobromine for a 16 pound dog.  The low quantity of theobromine here is because white chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no cocoa solids.

How to Treat a Dog That Has Eaten Chocolate

There is little that can be done for the dog, particularly at home, to treat the theobromine poisoning once it’s in the dog’s bloodstream.  Thus, the general methods of treatment tend to be ways to try to stop the consumed theobromine from reaching the bloodstream.  These include:

  1. Inducing vomiting in the dog immediately, which helps remove much of the chocolate.
  2. After that, try to get the dog to eat a small amount of activated charcoal, which binds to the theobromine and keeps it from entering the bloodstream.
  3. Try to get the dog to consume as much water as possible to keep them hydrated.
  4. At the vet, certain drugs can be used to help the dog survive, such as anti-convulsants, which can help if the dog is having seizures.

In order to induce vomiting, the easiest way, aside from sticking your finger down their throat or the like, which isn’t at all recommended, is to get the dog to eat something like 1-2 tsp of hydrogen peroxide, which should shortly induce vomiting and can be repeated a few times every 15 minutes, if it does not.  Alternatively, 2-3 tsp of Syrup of Ipecac should do the trick, though this one should NOT be repeated, even if it doesn’t work the first time.

For the activated charcoal, about 1-2 tsp of activated charcoal mixed thoroughly with water should be fed to the dog.  This also works well for certain other types of toxins that dogs and cats can sometimes consume, such as: carbamate insecticides, herbicides, and rodenticides.

Bonus Facts:

  • Once the theobromine is in the dog’s bloodstream, the half-life is around 17.5 hours, so 24 hours or so after the dog has consumed the chocolate, if it is still alive, it’s probably going to make it.
  • Cats also are particularly susceptible to poisoning from chocolate for the same reason dogs are.  However, unlike dogs, cats generally aren’t particularly inclined to eat chocolate, having no “sweet” taste receptors.
  • Horses can consume much more theobromine than dogs, despite how toxic it is for them oz/kg, due to their much higher weight.  Theobromine has been used in the past to boost a horse’s performance, which is why it is banned in horse racing.
  • Theobromine can also be found in the leaves of the tea plant and the cola nut.
  • Human’s metabolize theobromine much faster than dogs, but sufficient quantities of this compound over a short enough time span can also induce similar toxic effects as can be found in dogs, though this is rare as the quantities required are much higher.  However, theobromine poisoning can sometimes be observed in elderly people who eat excessive amounts of chocolate on a daily basis.
  • Human’s consuming caffeine will introduce theobromine into the body due to the fact that caffeine is metabolized in the liver into about 10% theobromine.
  • The earliest documented case of the cacao tree being cultivated is around 1100 BC in South and Central America.
  • It isn’t entirely known where the word “chocolate” came from, though it was introduced in English via Spanish.  The popular theory, though not without credible competition, is that it was introduced to Spanish from the Nahuatl word “chocolātl”.  Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs.  This word, in turn, derives from the Nahuatl “xocolātl” from “xococ”, which means “sour or bitter”, and “ātl”, meaning “water or drink”.  The Aztecs particularly were known to make a “bitter drink” from cocao beans, which is where the above name came from.
  • Around 50 million people in the world depend on cocoa as their source of livelihood.
  • Around 2/3 of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa, largely by child labor.

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72 Comments »

  1. Tony S. February 18, 2011 at 10:49 am - Reply

    i am an animal nutritionist. i have been for 13 years. i phone 11 vets and the nebraska university medical center. as suspected, no new studies have been shown to theobromine (a common sodium based food ingredient used to keep vegetable oils from drying or hardening) causes any such symptoms even in enormous quantities. also, chocolate liquer used in expensive chocolates cause liver damage to dogs in the long term. short term, chocolate has no effect on dogs. hersheys, chocolate flavorings such as coco powder (no, its not real chocolate) has no effect whatsoever. i would appreciate it, if before you started spreading blatant lies to pay back whoever it was your upset at that feeds dogs chocolate and condones it, site your sources, give an option for others to contact, cause most of us know this is a total lie, and above all else, fact check. thanks.

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven February 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      @Tony S: And your sources for these statements are? I only wonder because when you research why chocolate is bad for dogs, every single reputable source out there says it’s because of the theobromine. And yes, if you look above I did cite my sources, unlike you, but here are some more for your viewing pleasure: one from a vet; another one from a vet; yet another one from a vet; here’s one that you say doesn’t exist (one that is a paper showing the effects of theobromine on a dog); here’s one from the Merck Veterinary Manual; here’s one from the American Veterinary Medical Association… I could go on and on and on.

      I’m perfectly willing to admit when I’m wrong and change things accordingly. I take the content of this site, in terms of the factual nature of everything said on it, extremely seriously and I have a significant background in research, so I generally do a pretty good job at making sure nothing you read here is going to be false (when there is even a question, I simply don’t do that article once I see that). The very few times I’ve been wrong on some point or another (so far I’ve never been wrong on the main point of the article *knock on wood*), I’m very interested in changing it to make sure I don’t spread any misiniformation, which is the opposite of what this site is about.

      In any event, given all these sources (and many, many more out there), in order to convince me that all these professionals are wrong, you’re going to have to do better than just saying you’re an animal nutritionist. Though, from the tone of your comment and the lack of sources, I suspect you’re actually just a comment troll. But I also can’t have comment troll’s spreading misinformation on my site, so I included the above additional sources.

    • Ronald Elrod March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Tony, if you want to feed a dog chocolate, go right ahead. But, I can assure you that you will have a dead dog on your hands. I think it’s safe to say that you don’t own a dog,and that you don’t care that much about dogs, or any other animal for that matter. You are one sick and disgusting individual.

      • scott mcgrath August 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        i have alaways shared my cadbury dark choclate bar with my furry son without any issues he passed @18 y/o not bad for a pom my scottie lived till a very ripe age of 20 she ate it a bar at a time 8 oz never sick my 2 girls ages 3 and 1 have been enjoying they were 6 month of age chocolate ice cream also i guess if you feed them a pound maybe something but during easter my kids feed those girl as much as they chose to eat never ever sick

      • Chad November 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        “you will have a dead dog?” Are you serious? I have owned 4 dogs and have had friends or associates that had them to probably number near 100. Not only have any of them had a dog that died from chocolate but I have never heard of any dog they knew of die from chocolate. Do the math, that is a lot of damn dogs. Just because theoretically it might/could happen does not mean crap…you ARE spreading false information!

  2. blargh February 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Yeah, Daven, he’s most likely a troll. he can’t spell for crap. also, theobromine is found in chocolate, so it can’t be sodium-based. But if he really thinks he’s right, let’s feed chocolate to his dog and do a study on it, just so there’ll be a recent one.

  3. Phronemophile February 24, 2011 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Daven, your patience and restraint are commendable. Not a few webmasters faced with a “comment” like that from Tony S. would have verbally eviscerated the commenter, humiliated him beyond redemption, and blocked him from ever commenting again.

  4. Reki June 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Actually, though-out history only three dogs have ever died from theobromine. FYI, my small-ish dog (25 lbs) has eaten lots of chocolate at once and wasn’t even slightly sick. The compound is also found in coffee, cola and tea. I have given entire bowls of coffee to a larger dog and they loved it. This whole thing is BS made by someone who doesn’t want their status symbol to be enjoyed by ‘beasts’ as well as them. They thought the same of ‘blacks’ in earlier ages (also thought of as ‘beasts’) as well as ‘lower’ classes.

    As you can see, the theobromine issue is the same as global warming. One person started it and had enough money to have the results say what they wanted.

    P.S. they also say the same thing about garlic and onions for the SAME compound. Amazingly, another dog of mine (a lab mix, approx 50 lbs) ate half a basket(1′ diameter) of onions and had no side effects whatsoever.

    Experience bests ‘studies’ since they are all biased to one way or the other anymore. Either way, I KNOW that theobromine is safe for dogs. Of course if your little poodle gets into a pound of chocolate, of course its going to get sick. So will a four year old.

    • zrcalo February 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      @Reki

      Dogs can also be hit by cars and survive. Heck, dogs could have large wounds and still survive.

      Does that mean you should hit your dog with your car? No.
      I would stop feeding your dog chocolate and coffee. Even if it doesnt kill them, it’s not good for them. And if you keep feeding it to them, they might actually die.

    • Rgrim November 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Just curious, but WHY would you give these items to your pet? They don’t need coffee or chocolate. Also I would like to point out all of you that have proudly announced that you gave your pet something potentially dangerous, it was milk chocolate not as dangerous as dark or bakers chocolate.

  5. Reki June 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    @Daven

    I also forgot to mention, EVERY site I read that said that ‘fact’ cited the EXACT SAME site that did the study, furthering my findings.

  6. Dr. Marie October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Tony’s post is scary. I am a veterinarian and I have definitely seen dogs die from theobromine toxicity. If you’re looking for studies, here’s a whole bunch of them: http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?hl=en&q=theobromine+toxicity+dog&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0

    By the way, this is a great article that you have written. I have a chocolate toxicity calculator for dogs that would be a great addition if you’d like to add it: http://www.askavetquestion.com/chocolate_toxicity.php

    • Chad November 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      I have a few vetrinarians that are friends and I have a hard time believing you are telling the truth. I feel like you are the troll here. Why would you just cite more pages when you said you are a vet and have seen dogs die? You could name the situation since you are the original source? How could readers get a better example than that?

  7. BambiB November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    The LD50 for theobromine for humans is 3.33 times the LD50 for dogs. So to figure out how much chocolate it takes to kill your dog, figure out how much chocolate you would have to eat to kill yourself (per kilogram), then divide that by 3.33 and multiply by the weight of your dog in kilograms. Then don’t feed your dog that much chocolate. ;-)

  8. DaSpencer February 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    @Reki

    Only 3 dogs in history that have died from chocolate toxicity? We have had more than that at the animal hospital I work for.

    Onions not bad for dogs? Tell that to the Springer we did multiple blood transfusions on.

    Stop spreading false information just because you had one incident that turned out for the best.

    D. Spencer, CVT (that’s CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHINICIAN)

  9. Melanie February 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    So my 3.75 lb morkie ingested much of a tiny “tube” of mini m&m’s at some point today, and we aren’t sure when it was. The boys left it on their floor. I called our vet. She said to give him 5 ml of hydrogen peroxide to make him throw up. We did, and he did – about four times. Emptied everything in his stomach. Didn’t find evidence of a single m&m, which means he possibly ate it earlier today? No symptoms yet (other than that he’s really mad at us for making him throw up). I’ve looked at all kinds of sites. When would he start having symptoms? I love my puppy, but I am sick as a dog, exhausted, and have to teach tomorrow. I cannot possibly stay up all night and watch him. Is there anything I could do for him if he DOES start having symptoms? Tks!

  10. Chris July 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry but I’ve given chocolate to my dogs once or twice a month (sometimes more) their entire lives. They are 12 and they have none of these symptoms. They also get chicken, rice, veggies, pizza, steak, burgers and other people food regularly. Today they had bacon cheesburgers from BK some chicken.

    These creatures are little lives and little consciousness. They are no different than you or me other than the fact that they cannot communicate with us. They feel the same, they crave the same and they have the same taste buds. It’s cruel to let your dog smell all of the great things that are cooking and not let them have any, not the other way around.

    They had heartworms about 5 years ago and it was treated with nosodes, veggies, chicken and rice. 6 months later, no worms at all. 5 years later, still not worms.

    They get medicinal marijuana to relax, sometimes a bit of pot brownies and filtered water. Why would you consider giving your animals anything less than you would ingest yourself? THAT is cruel.

    • A Disgruntled Brit July 23, 2014 at 3:38 am - Reply

      There’s so many idiots in these comments. Conspiracy theorist, anti big pharma nut jobs.

  11. Chris July 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    by the way. Dr. Marie’s comment is a perfect example of the “repeater” society we live in. These “doctors” have no experience what so ever and instead rely on medical books written by drug companies to treat their patients. They are barred from performing original research or thinking outside of the big pharma box because if they do they’ll have their license taken away.

    Go with your gut. Your baby will tell you what is good for him/her and what is not. They are conscious beings who can communicate if you just listen.

  12. mercy racaza August 1, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for this info. ‘coz I’ve been giving my dogies chocolates. I feel happy watching my dogs licking chocolates for they seem to enjoying. I don;t know about it;s ill effect, now it’s a NO! NO!. If you have other healthy tips, please keep me inform. I love my dogies so much.

  13. ivania September 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I have been a dog owner for ten years now and my pet has never consumed chocolate until now. I have heard that chocolate can be fatal to dogs and i would appreciate it if i got the correct response. My dog is 8 years old and she is a poodle toy mix. She shows no signs of discomfort after she ingested the chocolate (which was about the size of a nickle or quarter) but i did see her do a motion as if trying to vomit. She did not. So please, can someone tell me what i should do and if i need to take her to the veterinarian !

  14. analvarez October 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    My dog ate a bag of hersheys easter milk chocolate eggs . i thought she was going to die and i started crying. My dog must have a very strong imune system because she never got sick. she was acting normal. she is still healthy to this day

  15. Patate November 5, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    @analvarez

    Because it was MILK chocolate. Read the article again and you will understand why.

  16. Jess November 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Call me crazy, but the mere fact of chocolate possibly being dangerous for my pet is enough for me not to feed it.

  17. Jack February 2, 2013 at 6:40 am - Reply

    I had a Dalmation once who stole a box of belain choclates and had no ill efects
    but this was probley due to his size

    I had herd it said that it was bad for dogs but did not realize it could kill I have had dogs all my life
    and did not know how many others are there that dont know this I must have been really lucky

    I don,t let my small dog have any even though it is hard to say no

  18. LipsMahoy February 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’m with Jess on this one, why risk it? My dog is my baby, why would I give him something that could be so harmful to him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a food nazi, he gets his treats and a special plate made for him on special occassions. I love him like a child so he receives like he’s my child, I would NEVER give my child something they could be allergic to, or could harm them in any way. This just proves how stupid people can be, not just the context of some of these comments, but the gammer, GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN PROPER ENGLISH!!!!!

    • broland March 5, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

      Considering the “grammar” comment, I love all you run-on sentences! :)

  19. David April 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Hello, My name is David A. Ploetz. I have recieved a doctorate in Animal Medical Sciences, though the statements above are exaggerated to a point, chocolate is indeed a toxic substance for most quadrepedal mammals. So just keep it away from your pets.

  20. christopher stirewalt May 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    interesting. I know some people who own a dog that can eat chocolate. . . is that just lucky>

  21. KB May 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    My dog got into my brothers easter basket with chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, and ate the entire thing. He was puking all over my house after that.

    To all the people who give their dogs chocolate, do your research! It’s dangerous.

    And the trolls on this page are ridiculous… No one should follow their advice and feed their dogs chocolate!

  22. KB May 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    And the person who said that the only difference between dogs and humans is their ability to communicate obviously knows nothing about dogs and humans. They need different nutrition than us. Their bodies aren’t the same as ours and they need different things in order to survive.

    Giving your dog human food instead of healthy dog food will give your dogs problems later in life. We fed my previous dog table food constantly and he had so many huge lumps and bumps because of it!!

    When you get a dog, know how to take care of the dog! Don’t assume you can feed it what we eat. Your dog is NOT a human!

  23. ck July 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I think chocolate being bad for dogs is a rumor made up by cats

  24. Jane Kelly August 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    What is wrong with you people saying chocolate is not toxic to dogs? I’ve seen it first-hand. My chihuahua mix has gotten into chocolate twice (roommates forget and leave food laying around, and he’ll eat anything). Both times were very scary, he was panting a lot, laying on his side on hard floor (which he never does, only carpet), excessively hyper-active, drinking a LOT, and peeing and vomiting a LOT. It was not a pretty sight. He’s gotten into small amounts of chocolate on other occasions, however these were the two times he ate large quantities. Don’t give your dogs chocolate! It’s just not worth it.

  25. tez August 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I’m far from a so called animal expert, however i currently have Burt, a 7 year old boxer breed that eats everything including choc. His health is tip fuckin top. Before him I had his dad…chance, a white boxer that lived until he was 15 years old, and he was the daddy choccy muncher. Before him I had a small cross whippet. Ate choc regular. So fuck off with your bullshit so called facts. Oh and all of my dogs smoke too

  26. Jonathan October 16, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Why would any of you trolls come to a fully-cited fact- & research-based website that has the explicit intent to educate the inquisitve and argue with your ridiculously foolish anecdotal ‘evidence?!’ Anecdotes are not fact. Simply because someone has the inexplicable good fortune of smoking all of their lives without contracting emphysema does not prove that smoking does not cause emphysema. The trend of ‘big-pharma’ conspiracies & naive distrust of research studies coupled with the seemingly-rampant growth of arrogant opinion over fact astounds and frightens me. From the resistance to inoculate our children to the denial of anthropogenic climate change, if we don’t restore our faith in peer-reviewed studies, research, and education itself, there will be dire consequences for the ENTIRETY of the human race for generations to come.

  27. Jesse October 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    My German shepherd ate a huge tolberone bard (i believe it was a 750g don’t quote me) and she never had any symptoms

  28. Lilly October 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Umm…… oh I know chocolate is like a very bad thing to eat for dogs lol,my cousin’s dog actually ate 5 size king crunch bars and she had to go to the hospital omg thx God that she was all A OK!

  29. Jason October 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I remember I had left a King sized crunch bar on the table and left to the bathroom and when I came back i had noticed my dog had eaten the WHOLE thing and he is fairly old though and hes been okay but he started vomiting after a while, I didn’t know what to do so i took him out and let him drink lots of water and he’s ok (>^-^)>

  30. Tony P. November 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Anyone who thinks chocolate is alright for dogs needs to see what came out my dogs butt hole about an hour ago.

  31. Brian December 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    there’s only one troll. Look at the spelling, the run-on sentences, the same basic information except for name and dog/food ingested choices. silly troll…go find other less intelligent people to bother.

  32. Vallen January 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I’m a dog owner and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES would I give her chocolate ever !! No more than you would give drugs to a five year old child. A responsible dog owner learns how to control his or her dog !! Not the other way round. A dog I had many years ago, because I loved her so much I used to give her chocolate, I guess because I liked to spoil her a bit. She had serious health problems as a result. At the time I knew no better. Now I do. Dog owners are of course entitled to feed their pet pooches as they wish. If they love their dogs, then by rights they should be firm with them as they would with their children, when it comes to feeding time. Good food in, and bad food out !! No should mean no. Sometimes we have to be ‘cruel’ to be kind. You wouldn’t give vodka to some one with a cirrhotic liver. You wouldn’t give chips soaked in lard to some one with coronary artery disease. You wouldn’t encourage your children to eat un-healthy junk food, which can cause serious health problems for them later on in life. Neither should you give chocolate to a dog.

  33. GingerBearOregon February 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure who’s right? Is it right to feed your dog a bunch
    of chocolate? More then likely no. But going thru the different
    comments, I’d say it must depends on the type of dog maybe? I have given my baby boys chocolate lots of times. Also fed them spaghetti with garlic in it. Let them drink coke from my glass and all 3 are just fine! I have an 11yo boxer/pitbull and 2 mini doxies that are 8yo. Did they get sick? No. Overweight at one point yes! As with our own bodies is moderation the key? Thanks for letting me put in my $1.25

  34. Jazz Sawyer March 2, 2014 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Hi Everyone, I recently come across this website because my dogs been acting like an excited kid everytime chocolate is around and I wanted to see how harmfull it is for him as he has had bits of chocolate now and then mostly when someone has left it and gone out the room and he decides its hes and eats it the cheeky thing! But still I am worried for hes health as ive started seeing grey hairs on him and want to keep him as healthy and happy for as long as I can. He is a blue staffordshire bull terrier and is very healthy and happy, he has had nothing wrong (thank god)with him apart from he does not like other dogs so he has to be walked with a mussel outside just incase but we have a huge garden so he has hes freedom too. He eats hes dog food, drinks plenty of water and also has human food i.e chicken, fish, steak, pork, beef mainly meat and fish as I feel that its good for him as well as how could I cook meat, let him smell it and not let him have it? He gets dentastix everyday for hes teeth and gums and has checks every month. I was wondering weather theres any substitute for chocolate? He has had no side effects yet but I dont want to risk it I love him to much! Also thank you for some of this information especially what I can do if I catch him at it again.

  35. Raj March 11, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    If you ask me I think this is somewhat exaggerated. I seen dogs that were fed chocolate every once in a while and lived beyond the average dog life expectancy without an issue. Also the cause of death for the dogs I seen was not related to the overall health. One was hit by a car and the other caught a very bad tick which caused it to fall ill and died of the illness caused by the tick. Another dog I seen was frequently fed chocolate and cake and it also lived beyond the average dog life expectancy.

  36. Keith March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Seriously how hard is it to just keep your dog away from chocolate? This entire debate could be diverted if you just dont do it. Some of you are like determined to feed your dog chocolate – ha, like is it some huge inconvience to just feed it normal dog chow? Like haha it’d be funny if your weird stubborn quirks weren’t hurting animals. What’s next? “I fed my grandmother bleach and she lived. Only 3 grandmothers in history have died from bleach poisoning, I give it to her everyday and she’s still super healthy.” Let’s be unsafe and sorry – then you’ll know who’s the winner.. (uh, but the dog probably won’t be.)

    • Faxofliff November 16, 2014 at 1:18 am - Reply

      News Flash!!! The earth is round and almost every last
      Municipality in the WORLD puts bleach (chlorine) in the water supply. Granny drinks it all day and bathes in it, so it must be good for her.

  37. Hudswell July 7, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry if this offends. Why are you people feeding innocent animals who don’t know there ingesting things that are harmful to them when we as humans shouldn’t even be eating these foods…. Burger King, seriously why do you even own a dog….. I have never been so disgusted life. Feeding your dog fast food… Wtf!?!?

    Humans are truly poison to the earth.

  38. Melissa July 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I agree with the people who say don’t risk it, but if your dog decides to lick up some crumbs to your chocolate cake or brownies, odds are they will be fine. I believe that’s why they gave us the formula above to calculate how much is too much. I think both sides of this argument are majorly over exaggerating, unlike the author of this article. It’s our job to take care of and defend our pets. If you give your dog a tiny bite of milk chocolate, or even a burger from BK you’re not a horrible person. If you’re giving your dog copious amounts of any junk food you’re not fulfilling your responsibility as an owner and you probably shouldn’t have a dog. As the author states, steer clear of nore concentrated chocolate like cocoa powder and bakers chocolate, and large quantities of any junk food is bad for your dog, and you. Remember just because your dog looks and seems healthy, doesn’t always mean somethings not in the beginning stages of going wrong inside. And let’s for kicks pretend it is a huge conspiracy, and maybe dogs could eat chocolate, why chance it? There are plenty of other things dogs enjoy alot more than chocolate and burger king, like some fresh meat. Anyways guys please ignore my bad grammar, I’ve never been really good with it. I hope you all have a blessed day, and that all your pets remain happy and healthy.

  39. Kyle Ash September 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I do slip the occasional piece of chocolate to my Australian Sheppard. Never large amounts just small bites. I always tell him chocolate is bad for dogs. So if he still decides to take it, its on him. I warned him. He hasn’t died yet and never got sick so I guess small amounts once in a great while wont hurt. I do however have a larger breed of dog. It probably isn’t good at all for small dogs.

  40. Richard Reed September 21, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I have owned mainly chihuahua sized dogs over the last 70 years. All have had minor amounts of chocolate. They have been the most robustly healthy dogs in the neighborhood and lived beyond the typical lifespan of their breeds unless cut off prematurely by violence. My current 4 lb. chihuahua gets 1/2 of a single Mounds bar nearly every day and is robustly healthy despite having survived parvo as a young pup, being a hand-nursed runt at birth, and having a cleft palate. Know your dog. Be observant of its health and idiosyncrasies. And trust your judgment.

  41. Matthew Jeffery November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    So my dogs ate an entire bag of aero bubbles and they are aged 6 and 3.

  42. jimmy newtron November 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    They can have a little chocolate. Just like people can have a little alcohol. Dont go nuts with it and its fine.

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