Chocolate Toxicity in Cats and Dogs

You’re probably already aware that chocolate is extremely bad for pets. It contains caffeine and theobromine, chemicals that dogs and cats should never have. Here, your Lafayette, LA vet goes over the symptoms of and treatment for chocolate toxicity, as well as how to prevent episodes of poisoning.

Symptoms

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include weakness, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and—without prompt treatment—collapse, seizures, and even death. If you see any of the above symptoms, rush your pet to your local veterinary emergency room.

Be aware that all types of chocolate (dark, milk, semi-sweet, white, powdered, etc.) can cause serious health problems.

Treatment

Your veterinarian may flush your pet’s stomach to rid the system of the poison, or activated charcoal may be administered to slow the toxin’s absorption rate. IV fluid therapy, electrolyte replacement, oxygen supplementation, and other techniques may be needed to return your pet to full health.

Prevention

Obviously, it’s far easier to prevent an episode of chocolate poisoning in the first place. Fortunately for you, it’s as easy as restricting your pet’s access! Keep all chocolates and products containing chocolate safely stored away.

Ask your Lafayette, LA veterinarian about other human foods that your pet shouldn’t ingest.