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Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs Calculator – why chocolate is bad for dogs? is an Amazon Associate, and we earn from qualifying purchases.

Did you know that chocolate contains the chemical called “theobromine,” which is poisonous for dogs? Use our calculator to work out how much your dog has eaten and what symptoms they might have. Please note these typically show up between 4-24 hours after eating, so be sure not to wait too long before getting help!

Why Chocolate Is Bad For Dogs?
Why chocolate is bad for dogs?

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The consumption and digestion of chocolate in dogs are extremely harmful. Below is a chart that breaks down the amount of chocolate and how harmful it can be. It is recommended never to feed your dog chocolate and always give it a proper and healthy dog food diet.
As always, consult with your vet as much as possible. However, do not be foolish and put your dog’s life at risk.
When in doubt, consult with your vet or a certified breeder who knows what they are doing.

Toxic amounts of chocolate

Dogs WeightAmount of Milk Choc Amount of  Unsweet. ChocApprox. Mg. Theobromine
5 lb. 4 oz..5  oz.200
10 lbs8 oz. 1.0  oz.400
20 lbs.1 lb. 2.5  oz.900
30 lbs.2 lbs.3.25 oz.1300
40 lbs.2.5 lbs.4.5  oz.1800
50 lbs.3 lbs.5.5  oz.2250
60 lbs.4 lbs.7.0  oz.2700
70 lbs. 5 lbs.8.5  oz.3400

 in metrics:

Dog’s WeightAmount of Milk ChocAmount of Unsweet. ChocApprox. Mg. Theobromine
2.2 kg.113.4 g.14.1 g.200
4.5 kg.226.8 g.28.3 g.400
9.0 kg.453.6 g.70.8 g.900
13.6 kg907.2 g.92.1 g.1300
18.0 kg.1.134 kg.127.5 g.1800
22.6 kg.1.360 kg.156.0 g.2250
27.2 kg.1.814 kg.198.4 g.2700
31.7 kg.2.268 kg.240.9 g.3400

Why Chocolate Is Toxic to Dogs?

Chocolate contains two chemical compounds, theobromine and, to a lesser extent, caffeine. Both of which can speed up your dog’s heart rate and stimulates their nervous system. Humans can quickly metabolize them, but dogs can not, making it more dangerous for dogs. In addition, dogs cannot process caffeine and theobromine quickly, which allows these toxic chemicals to build up in their systems and cause poisonous signs associated with chocolate toxicity.

In general, it is believed that dark chocolate and cocoa powder have the greatest toxicity due to their higher levels of methylxanthines, caffeine being one of these. Chocolate in its various forms can be potentially fatal to a dog if ingested in large enough quantities. After ingestion, clinical signs of poisoning tend towards vomiting and diarrhea but may include hyperactivity or excitability, elevated body temperature, and heart rate, seizures, panting, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia), blood in urine or stool.

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Brenda Thompson

Brenda Thompson is an expert in dog behavior with more than a decade of experience who is also passionate about working with cats and birds. Besides contributing pet content to The, she's a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. Brenda received her Bachelor of Science from Colorado College in 2014. She has taken classes on writing and remote animal behavior consulting in addition to classes on how to deal with aggressive dogs and problems with litter boxes. In 2016, she got her dog behavior consulting certification and joined the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

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