At first this may seem bizarre. How can anyone die of eating chocolate? Chocolate, that sweet, brown substance that is loved and adored by millions around the world. People may scoff and say that they feed their dogs chocolate all the time. If you are one of those people, you need to stop. NOW. You are potentially putting your dog’s life at risk.
Of course, there are many factors that determine whether or not your dog will be affected by ingesting chocolate. The two main and obvious factors are the health and the age of the dog and the amount of chocolate ingested. A weak or ill dog is naturally more at risk, and the chances of death also go up with an increase in the amount of chocolate ingested. In fact, ingesting large amounts of chocolate can be bad even for humans. So be careful the next time you are hogging down that bar of your favourite chocolate!
The disagreement between dogs and chocolate arises from two substances present in the chocolate – theobromine and caffeine. These compounds affect the kidneys, heart and nervous system of the dog. The dog’s body takes a very long time to metabolize these compounds, so they have more time to act on the dogs.
If a dog ingests too much chocolate, it may show several symptoms such as dehydration, diarrhoea, increased urination, thirst, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rate and muscle tremors. If help is not sought immediately, there may be some long lasting effects on the dog. These include cardiac problems and kidney damage.
This just shows that even the things that seem harmless can be extremely hazardous if used incorrectly or carelessly.