Although most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs, few realize the effects other foods can have on their animals. If you just can’t resist sliding over a few table scraps, then, at the very least, you need to be aware of the top ten foods that need to be avoided.
- Chocolate and caffeine .
Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be dangerous to dogs and cats, as does anything derived from the cocoa plant. This includes cocoa beans, cocoa bean hulls (which are used in landscaping,) and some teas.
Low dosages of theobromine or caffeine, about 9mg/lb, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, thirst, frequent urination, and excessive panting. At higher toxic levels, 20mg/lb, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, and death can occur. To put this in perspective, milk chocolate contains about 58mg/oz, while baker’s chocolate contains 390mg/oz.
If you’re cooking that special batch of brownies for your guests it would be best to keep your dog out of the kitchen. Just do the math. As little as one ounce of baker’s chocolate could kill a 20 pound dog.