During holidays like Easter, chocolate is more likely to be spotted around the house. This is when it becomes crucial to keep an eye on your pet to prevent them from consuming this human pleasure. The reason for this is that chocolate is dangerous for dogs.
Veterinarians advise against giving dogs any “human food,” but they are especially concerned about keeping chocolate away from our canine companions. They believe that chocolate contains the chemicals theobromine and caffeine. Which dogs can not metabolize as easily as people can. Moreover, there are a number of factors which can have a negative effect on dogs.
Firstly, the amount of theobromine and caffeine in the chocolate product. Then, how much the dog ate. Lastly, the dog’s weight and sensitivity to chemical stimulants. This all influences the intensity of chocolate’s negative impact on a dog.
Mostly, the dark, bitter chocolate is more harmful to dogs than milk chocolate because it includes a higher concentration of theobromine per ounce.Whereas, the white chocolate has only 0.25 mg of theobromine per ounce. Therefore, white chocolate poses a significantly lesser hazardous threat to dogs.
According to the American Kennel Club, the first signs of chocolate poisoning show within 6 to 12 hours. The symptoms include excessive drooling and panting, increased thirst and urine, and an upset stomach followed by vomiting and diarrhea.
This is exactly similar to a caffeine-sensitive person who has consumed too many cups of coffee. Likewise, the dog’s heart rate may elevate, and he may become restless, agitated, and excited.
In addition to all this, chocolate eating can cause an erratic heartbeat, which can impair circulation and cause a drop in body temperature in severe situations. While chocolate poisoning can affect dogs at any time, researchers found that during holidays like Christmas and Easter, dogs are more likely to find and consume chocolate.
This is why dogs are four times more likely to require a vet visit for chocolate poisoning during the holidays than during non-holidays. Moreover, dogs are twice as likely to be affected by chocolate during Easter compared to other times of the year.