Hallowe'en Pet Safety & Chocolate Poisoning

Chocolate consumption can threaten your dog's life! How to know whether you have an emergency on your hands.


Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but how much and what type signals time to call vet? Do we need to be worried if the dog gets a few 'fun size' Kit Kats?

The toxic ingredients in chocolate that pose a risk to dogs are caffeine and theobromine. Both cause similar symptoms, though theobromine symptoms last much longer and are far more serious.


SIGNS OF CHOCOLATE POISONING

The first sign of trouble is increased thirst for no apparent reason. We are not talking about an extra trip to the water station...we are talking about drinking and drinking and drinking. It is a very notable change in behavior. Next comes panting, restlessness and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases, symptoms can include muscle tremors, seizure and heart failure.


HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH