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Sunday, 9 February 2014





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Chocolate is bad for dogs

Many dog owners tend to share their favourite foods such as chocolate, but chocolate is bad for dogs. Chocolate is toxic food for dogs. It could cause sickness and even death. Even a little chocolate that weights 40-50g can cause fatal problems with dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine can affect the heart and nervous system of a dog. Dogs don't easily break down and excrete theobromine. The toxic dose of theobromine is 80-120mg/kg of dog's weight. Chocolates contain different amounts of theobromine. In general, to chocolate, the darker the more toxic. Milk chocolate contains 100mg theobromine per 60g chocolate. It means if a little chihuahua eats a big bar of chocolate, it can cause poisoning.

Dogs fed toxic doses of chocolate show signs of nervousness, seizures vomiting and diarrhoea within a few hours. With the poisoning degree dog show signs of an increase in the dog's heart rate, shaking, muscle tremors. There is no specific antidote to theobromine. You need to take the dog to the vet as soon as possible.

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