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Pet health: Chocolate poisoning, and knowing what to look for

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by

Posted by: HR
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manger
A veterinarian holds a sick dog.
Chocolate poisoning is one of the most common types of poisonings in dogs and cats. The occurrence of chocolate poisoning is of concern, especially as the holidays approach. Because of its toxic effect on dogs and cats, chocolate should be kept out of reach of pets.

It is important to make children aware that giving chocolate or any type of “people food” to your pets is not allowed. Having dog and cat insurance for your pets gives you peace of mind that you can care for your pets in case of an accident or emergency. Some pet insurance companies, like Pets Best Insurance, reimburse at flat rates, which ease financial strain.

Cat and dog poisoning symptoms from chocolate can include diarrhea, vomiting, an increase in reflex responses and body temperature, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, muscle rigidity, low blood pressure and seizures. More serious signs may include cardiac failure, weakness and even coma.

Chocolate in any form can be toxic to dogs and cats. The most potent and therefore the most toxic type of chocolate is baking chocolate. Keep all forms of chocolate, including milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate away from pets.

The best way to prevent chocolate poisonings is to make sure that all types of chocolate are kept where your pets can not access them. If your pet does ingest chocolate, immediate treatment is key for his recovery.

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