Good Question - Can Chocolate Harm Your Dog's Health?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

To many pet owners the dog is a member of the family, and they want to treat them that way. But can giving a dog chocolate or other treats meant for humans harm their health? Good question.

When I was a child and got my first dog, I was told to never, ever give the dog chocolate. It can kill the dog, I was warned. But can chocolate really kill a dog?

It is true that chocolate and cocoa can poison and even kill a dog. Pure baking chocolate is the most dangerous. Just two ounces can poison Fido. But as for chocolate in candy bars, it would take more than a pound to cause harm.

Chocolate can be dangerous for dogs, but there are other foods that many dog owners don't know about that can kill.

Grapes and raisins can permanently damage a dogs kidneys, resulting in death. In fact, it takes only about 4 to 5 grapes and raisins to poison a 20 pound dog.

Other foods on the "Do Not Feed Fido" list include onions, yeast dough, caffeine, macadamia nuts, fruit pits and seeds, and rotten or moldy foods.

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