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post #1 of 31 Old 08-31-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Why Is It Said...

That feeding chocolate to dogs is bad? Ever since I can remember, our family has fed chocolate to our dogs, and whenever someone visiting exclaims: "It's poison!" I always wonder where that popular myth came from. I mean, I heard from my brother's friend (who works at a kennel) that dark chocolate is bad for them, but white and milk chocolate is fine. Though, come to think of it, our dogs have probably eaten at least a piece of dark over the years, and they're still alive and kicking. Thoughts, comments, concerns? What do you think?


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post #2 of 31 Old 08-31-2010, 11:22 AM
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Chocolate and Dog Poisoning

We generally stick with table scraps for treats at our house.

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post #3 of 31 Old 08-31-2010, 11:27 AM
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It is the dark chocolate that is harmful.... and even then, it must be in large quantities.

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There is a compound (theobromine) in chocolate that is poisonous to dogs. The problem comes from the fact that different dogs have different sensitivities to it and different chocolates have different amounts. Some dogs will eat an entire chocolate bar and be just fine (or an entire chocolate cake). Others will eat a couple of baking chocolate chips and have major issues. Most people just err on the side of caution and don't give their dogs chocolate.

This site has some more information
Chocolate Toxicity and Pets - What Makes Chocolate Toxic To Dogs - Learn about Chocolate Toxcity and Pets

If you just google it you can find more information. You've just been "lucky" so far in that you've fed a small enough amount of the correct type of chocolate to dogs that are not extremely sensitive. I wouldn't give my dog chocolate, but I'm not going to freak out if he gets an oreo or a milk chocolate kiss.

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post #5 of 31 Old 08-31-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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"Small dogs can be poisoned, it is easy to understand, from smaller amounts of theobromine than large dogs."

Our Jack Russell eats chocolate by the handfuls. Every time dad buys a chocolate bar, or a chocolate donut or what have you, she gets at least half of it.

That article was interesting...I just...find it weird. I have never seen a dog die from eating chocolate. Of course it's not like we let them eat a tray of brownies, either, but I don't think anyone would be feeling too good after eating a whole tray of brownies, human or canine.


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Again, you have been lucky!

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Well, people used to feed their horses tobacco to 'cure' stomach ailments. Nowadays anyone caught feeding their horses tobacco would be screeched at as an ignorant, abusive asshat, because tobacco has been found to be toxic to horses.

Ily, whether or not YOU think chocolate is bad for your dog is moot. The scientific studies and all evidence weigh against feeding it to dogs because of the health risks.

If you KNOW something is harmful and yet keep doing it because you haven't yet seen any bad results, doesn't mean it's not harmful. It just means you've been lucky.

To knowingly continue harmful behaviour towards an animal you profess to love, tells me something about your character.
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Well, people used to feed their horses tobacco to 'cure' stomach ailments. Nowadays anyone caught feeding their horses tobacco would be screeched at as an ignorant, abusive asshat, because tobacco has been found to be toxic to horses.

Tobacco, dear god

Anyways, I do agree. I didnt know untill lately that : chocolate, raisins, onion, tomatoes can be harmful to dogs. Once I found out, I simply stopped.

(I wasnt feeding my dog raw onions or something, just giving him a piece of my hamburger for example)

I am not going to wait for him to drop dead to convince myself that the guys who wrote the warnings were right. I have many other options to give him as treat or food so I am fine with that.

When it comes to an animal I love, i'd rather be safe than sorry

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post #9 of 31 Old 08-31-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Onions and tomatoes are bad for them too? I've heard about raisins and grapes giving them kidney or liver damage or something, but I didn't know onions and tomatoes were harmful. Hm.


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post #10 of 31 Old 08-31-2010, 04:33 PM
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wow my dog LOVES grapes..

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