The other day I ran across an article that I found quite interesting. I think it is common knowledge to most pet lovers that chocolate is potentially harmful to a dog or cat. What I found interesting was just how dangerous it really is. Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs and cats. It only takes 45 or more milligrams of theobromine to reach a potentially lethal dose per POUND of body weight. The following chart shows the amount of various chocolate products that would need to be consumed to reach toxic levels along with the theobromine content of the products.
Theobromine Lethal Dose Lethal Dose Lethal Dose
mg/g 20 lb dog 50 lb dog 80 lb dog
Coccoa 20.3 1.6 ounces 3.9 ounces 6.3 ounces
Unsweetened Baking Choc 13.0 2.5 ounces 6.2 ounces 9.9 ounces
Fudge 6.5 4.9 ounces 12.3 ounces 19.7 ounces
Semi-sweet chocolate 5.6 5.7 ounces 14.3 ounces 22.9 ounces
Milk Chocolate 1.5 21.4 ounces 53.4 ounces 84.3 ounces
I found this chart to be quite helpful in times of trying to determine a lethal dose in case of ingestion by your dog for these various chocolate products. It is one thing to issue a caution but to have the actual amounts may come in very handy to the owner.
You might want to pass this information on to all your friends so that they may potentially be able to save an animals life because of having this knowledge.
Thank God that we humans don’t have the same toxic lethal levels from chocolate. I love chocolate!