Is chocolate really bad for dogs? What happens if my dog eats it? We find out…


Jade Poole from I Write Words


The delicious treat for humans, but a dangerous one for our dogs. Here’s everything you need to know about chocolate and your dog

So many of us enjoy the sweet (or bitter, if dark chocolate is your thing) gooey, crunchy, rich, velvet smooth taste of our favourite bar of chocolate. And because we love to sometimes share some yummy treats with our favourite furry members of the family, it seems only natural that we want our dogs to get in on the goodness.

But the thing is, chocolate is actually really bad for your dog, and here’s why...

Why is chocolate bad for my dog?

There is a toxic ingredient naturally found in cacao beans used to make chocolate known as theobromine, which is kind of like caffeine, and it is poisonous to dogs.

The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. Humans can easily digest theobromine, but dogs process it at a much slower rate - which allows it to build up to toxic levels in your dog’s system.

What happens if my dog eats chocolate?

If your dog manages to get his or her paws on chocolate then he or she may show some of the following signs of food poisoning:

●         Vomiting

●         Diarrhoea

●         Seem restless and hyperactive

●         Rapid breathing

●         Seem uncoordinated or suffer from muscle tension

●         Increase in heart rate

●         Suffer from seizures

Chocolate poisoning affects your dog’s heart, his central nervous system and kidneys. If your dog has eaten chocolate, then symptoms will typically appear between 4 and 24 hours after your dog has eaten it.

The signs and effect of chocolate poisoning in dogs will depend on the amount eaten and the size of your dog.

For example, a Labrador who has eaten 200g of milk chocolate will have an upset stomach with vomiting and diarrhoea. 500g of chocolate will cause heart problems, and anything more than this can cause a seizure.

It is sometimes hard to tell how much chocolate your dog has eaten, but it is always best to take your precious pooch to the vet when you think he is sick.

What should I do if my dog eats chocolate?

If your dog has eaten too much chocolate and is showing some of the signs and symptoms we mentioned above, then you need to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.

If you are insured with Oneplan pet insurance, then we will help cover the costs of emergency AND routine care and also let you go to any vet of your choice. It’s what makes our cover so cuddle-worthy.

It will help if you can tell your vet how much chocolate your dog ate and when your dog ate it. This helps in determining the amount of treatment needed.

But, surely I can just give my dog one piece?

Even a small amount of chocolate can give your dog an upset tummy. And a few candy bars can poison your dog. But regardless the kind of chocolate or how much you want to share with your dog, they are all bad for your precious pooch.

We know how much you love your furry members, and we love them too, it’s why we created pet cover that is so great you could cuddle it. From getting paid before you see the vet, hassle-free and paperless claims and constant access to your plan whenever you want it from the palm of your hand using the Oneplan app. Easy to understand, easy to apply, easy to use. It’s that great.

So, next time you are tempted to give your little Bruno just one piece of your favourite chocolate treat, think again and don’t.

It’s that simple.

Yours in paws,


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