Most pet lovers will love to share their time with their dogs. Some people feel that sharing their bed with their dogs offer an extra blanket of security. However, there are instances that sharing something to your dog can be bad such as sharing food. Most veterinary will advice the dog owners to limit the amount of human foods that they provide to their dogs. This is due to the fact that the dog foods have been carefully formulated to address the nutritional needs of our furry friend. In addition, there are also human foods that can be toxic to our pet such as chocolate.
Why is Chocolate Toxic to Our Dogs?
Different types of chocolates have different levels of toxicity since they contain a varying portion of methylxanthines compound. The dark chocolate, cocoa and the chocolate that we used for cooking contain the highest level while the white and milk chocolates have the lowest amount. The darker type of chocolates contains theobromine that is 3 times more compared to the white chocolates. Baker chocolate has a higher theobromine than the dark chocolate.
According to the study, a dog with an average weight of 16 pounds would only need to ingest a pound of white chocolate in order to reach that dangerous toxic level. Furthermore, it only requires an ounce of cocoa powder for your dog to experience the side effects of methylxanthines. This is why you should never feed your dog with any types of chocolate. In case you suspect that your dog unintentionally ingested a chocolate, you have to seek the help of your veterinary at once.
The Complications of Chocolate
The chocolate is derived from the seed of cacao. This product contains a compound known as methylxanthines which include substances like caffeine and theobromine. The molecules of this substance will attach to the receptors and prevent the natural compound from attaching to the cell’s surface. The low dose of this ingredient may provide euphoria to the humans, but it can lead to vomiting and diarrhea to our dogs. This is due to the fact that humans have the ability to break down this compound more efficiently. Sadly, our dogs do not produce the required enzymes that can break down the theobromine.
In the event that your dog consumed a high amount of caffeine and theobromine, seizures and muscle tremors can be experienced by your dogs. The normal heart rate of the dogs will be doubled which can be dangerous. During severe cases, ingesting chocolates may lead to internal hemorrhage and heart attack. Theobromine can also over-stimulate the central nervous system of our pets.
You should always refrain from giving your dogs with chocolate as a reward. This is not just a myth, and a small piece of this treat can harm or kill our beloved pets. We always encourage you to use the foods that are designed for the dogs. Based on the statistics, at least three dogs are being hospitalized during chocolate-centered holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day.