Your Four Legged Valentine

Happy Valentines Day! The roses and chocolate waiting for you at home or being delivered to your office holiday. If your household is anything like mine then you may get your dogs their own valentines treats as well. This is a wonderful idea because it will help distract your pup from the chocolate that you get to enjoy, but they cant have.

 

Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?


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Yes, chocolate is toxic to dogs although rarely result in fatality. Chocolate is toxic because it contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine.

Types of Chocolate:

    • Baking chocolate or  gourmet dark chocolate contain 130-450 mg of theobromine per ounce

    • Common milk chocolate - contains about 44-58 mg/ounce.

    • White chocolate - rarely poses any threat of chocolate poisoning with only 0.25 mg of theobromine per ounce of chocolate.


Note: Even if the amount ingested is not a toxicity concern, dogs can still become ill with pancreatitis.

Signs of Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs


Dependent on the amount and type of chocolate ingested signs will vary. For many dogs, clinical signs are vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, panting.  They can additionally experience restlessness, excessive urination, and racing heart rate. In severe cases, symptoms can include muscle tremors, seizures, and heart failure. Further complications can arise due to these symptoms. When in doubt, immediately consulting your veterinarian is recommended.
Is Chocolate toxic to dogs?
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My Dog Ate a Rose, Will They Be Ok?


Yes! Do not fret, roses are a great non toxic flower option for the holidays or your yard! If petals begin to fall from your cut bouquet you do not need to worry about your dog getting to it first. That said, if you are looking to bring a classic floral elegance to your yard be sure that the roses you pick are true roses. Not all plants that have "rose" in the name are true roses. Some of these may indeed be toxic for your pet. Make sure that the botanical name of the plant you're considering includes the name "Rosa" to ensure that you're looking at a true rose.

Resources: 

vcahospitals.com (Know Your Pet - Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs)

intermountainpet.com  (Roses and Rover: Are Roses Safe for Your Pet?)

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