Chocolate can lead to illness and even death to dogs. Vets say one of the most common causes of dog poisoning is chocolate. If your dog eats chocolate or dark chocolate, you should call a vet right away. You would have to watch your dog's behavior or make your dog vomit. A chocolate chip cookie can cause problems for a little dog, but not for a big dog. A bag of chocolate chips can spell trouble for a big dog.
Typically, your dog will vomit on his own. If your dog doesn't, the vet you take him to will tell you to give him hydrogen peroxide to make him vomit.
Some pet owners bribe their dog with peanut butter in a bowl and then put hydrogen peroxide around the rim. They do that because dogs tend to lick their bowls clean.
Once your dog vomits, do not give the dog any food or water. If you think your dog ate chocolate, don't wait for symptoms, because they take 6-12 hours to show up. Some symptoms include: extreme thirst, diarrhea, too much energy, pacing, panting, shaking, and seizures. The chocolate stays in the body for a long time. In severe cases, symptoms can last up to 72 hours. Early treatments will help your dog recover quicker. Vets judge the dog's condition and then decide on the right treatment. Most dogs survive because of fast acting owners.
Dark chocolates, baking chocolates, and dry cocoa powder are more dangerous than white chocolate or milk chocolate. Unlike most cats, dogs have a sweet tooth and will eat almost anything. They also don't know when they are full, so a 10 pound dog can easily eat a pound of chocolate. Small amounts of milk chocolate may not cause a problem in larger dogs, but it's still not recommended that pet owners offer their dog chocolate as a treat.
To make sure your dog doesn't take chocolate follow these tips:
1. Put away all the chocolate to where the dog cannot reach them.
2. Teach your dog to "leave it". The command "leave it" is very effective.
3. Create a sturdy crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in it and be comfortable.
4. Also put toys, a blanket, and treats in the crate so the crate feels like their own personal den.
Here are a few types of chocolates listed in order of how toxic they are to dogs:
1. Cocoa powder (most toxic)
2. Unsweetened baker's chocolate
3. Semisweet chocolate
4. Dark chocolate
5. Milk chocolate
6. White chocolate (not very toxic)