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why chocolate kills dogs.

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  1. MthaFuknGreen

    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    First, a few missconceptions about dogs and chocolate.

    1.It's an alergic reaction,so it's ok for some dogs.
    False.it's a chemical contained in the chocolate.

    2.It will be ok,it only causes diahrea and vomiting.
    False.It can and does cause death.

    3.Chocolate isn't bad for dogs,It's just an old wives tale.
    False.Even the ASPCA National Animal Poison Controll Center says chocolate is toxic to dogs.

    4.A little every now and then is ok.
    False.The chemical that is toxic stays in a dogs system a very long time,so depending on the weight of the dog,the type of chocolate ingested,and the frequancy with which it is fed,the chemical can build up to toxic levels over time.

    5.It's only bad for very young,or old dogs.
    False.Age has nothing to do with it.

    Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains theobromine, a compound in the same family as caffeine.Dogs metabolize theobromine differently than humans.The half life of theobromine in a dogs system is aproxamatley 17.5 hours.This means that after 17 hours they have only filtered half of it out of the body,after another 17 hours they filter half of whats left and so on.It's easy to see that the theobromine stays in the dogs system for a long long time.

    The amount of theobromine in chocolate varies by type.
    Milk chocolate contains 44 mg per ounce.
    Semisweet chocolate contains 150 mg per ounce.
    Unsweetened baking chocolate contains 390 mg per ounce.

    The toxic effect is calculated by the amount of theobromine,and the weight of the dog.
    1 oz per pound of body wt. for milk chocolate
    1 oz per 3 lbs. of body wt. for semisweet chocolate
    1 oz per 9 lbs. of body wt. for unsweetened baking chocolate

    So as you can see,a 50 pound dog would have to eat 50 ounces(or a little over 4 pounds) of milk chocolate for it to be considered toxic.The same dog would have to eat only 5 ounces of the baking chocolate though.Don't forget that it stays in the system a very long time though.So a non toxic dose one day,could cause death if ate again the next day.

    If your dog eats chocolate some of the symptoms to watch for include,hyperexcitability and restlessness,vomiting and diarrhea,increased urination,muscle tremors,seizures, coma,and eventually death.

    If you catch your dog eating what could be considered a toxic dose,call your Vet for instructions on what to do.If it's after hours try calling him at home.if you can't reach him,induce vomiting,and keep trying till you do reach him.
    To induce vomiting you can use one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide per 10 pouns of the dogs body weight.This can be repeated after 20 minutes if it does not work the first time.This is the method to induce vomiting acording to the book The Dog Lovers Companion,it is written by certified Vets,so it's a method that is safe to use.


    These are only guidelines,in some dogs it took less than the above amounts to cause death.I simply do not let my dog have any chocolate at all.I know alot of people on here say they feed it to their dog,and their dog is fine.It's like playing with a bomb though,eventually it's going to go off.The bottom line for me is when the Poison controll hotline for pets says,"don't feed chocolate to your dog"I'm going to take their word for it.

    i thought this was very informative, so i decided to post it.
    Does chocolate kill dogs? - Yahoo! Answers
     
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  2. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    so what prompted this post?
     
  3. MthaFuknGreen

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    my girlfriend asked me if chocolate really kills dogs, so i googled it cuz i wanted to know why.
    and i thought it was very informative.
     
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    And that has what to do with honda's or cars or anything at all
     
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    a lot of people owns dogs....and this is off topic...
     
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    this is the members lounge there are lots of stuff in here that has nothing to do with hondas
     
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    Ok well let me make it a little more clear... quit making stupid ass posts about dumb shit


    better?
     
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    chill dude, it's ok to post random shit. thats the point of the members lounge.

    i know he posts some dumbass stuff. and he post whores, but this is actually one of his few decent posts. you should applaud him for posting something other than "werd" or "lol".
     
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    i was wondering the same thing the other day.. good post.. thanks
     
  10. MthaFuknGreen

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    austin is just mad cuz he cant eat chocolate either, him being a bitch and all..

    and nick, i spell it "word".
    lol
     
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    also, beware or grapes or raisins and dogs
    they will kill your dog
    renal(kidney) failure

    and congrats on a post worth reading
    very informative
    lets keep it up yea?
     
  12. MthaFuknGreen

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    ill try.

    can grapes cause other problems in dogs? cuz we used to have hella grape vines in out backyard and weve had two dogs die of cancer(well, we put them down).
     
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    "word"

    but don't spam us hoping that you get lucky and post something worth reading again.
     
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    i'm pretty sure you don't need to worry about the other problems if they die, but not sure
     
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    they were kinda old.. but it was just weird that they both had the same problem.
    they both had a fat ball-like-growth on their stomachs.
     
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    if they were soft lumps, 90% they were just fat lumps.... if you feel a hard lump, then get to the doctor asap and have it removed.
     
  17. MthaFuknGreen

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    well, its already done with.
    they were put down years ago.
    with the chocolate lab, we had it removed the first time.
    then it came back.
    with the black lab, it happened to her after it happened to the chocolate one, we just put her down cuz she was really old and the vet said it was the same thing.
     
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    austin and green are about to go in a romper room.

    all we need is a brian in there....

    if you don't get it, you're too young.
     
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    Good read thanks for posting, we have two labs.
     
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    grapes and raisins, uh oh.
     
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