Springtime – one of the best times of year for the whole family! Sunny days, Bank Holiday weekends, long walks with those pooches and countless Easter eggs. Name a member of the family that doesn’t love chocolate, we bet you can’t. And we’re sure that even includes the dog? Well it’s super important that you lock away the chocs, especially at this time of year.
It’s no secret that doggy’s are huge lovers of chocolate, but it’s super important that your fur-pals do not consume chocolate, or in fact any other foods that contain cocoa! Here at Good Boy, we know just how hard it is to say no to those huge puppy dog eyes, but we also have the answer to your indulgent treating problems. But first, here’s the answers to your all-important questions.
Can my dog eat chocolate?
In one word, no. There is a naturally occuring compound in “human” chocolate called theobromine, which is found in the cocoa. This compound is extremely poisonous to dogs.
But why? Humans Only Warning: Now we’re going to get a tiny bit technical. Theobromine acts as a stimulant and diuretic that can’t be filtered out quickly enough by a dog’s liver or even effectively metabolised through its body.
What if my dog accidentally eats chocolate?
If your dog does eat chocolate, symptoms can include diarrhoea and vomiting. But the central nervous system, heart and kidneys can also be affected by the cocoa.
How your pooch reacts to chocolate will depend on their size, health and the quantity eaten. A 100g bar of plain chocolate is enough to cause harm to a small dog such as a Yorkshire Terrier, while 200g is fatal for a Spaniel and 400g could seriously harm a Labrador.
It’s important to take your dog straight to the vets if they eat even a small amount of human chocolate – after all, all of us pet parents know just how quickly a doggy can demolish any form of food!
Good Boy’s very own Research & Development Manager, Catherine Webster, explains just how important it is to lock away the chocs – especially during the Easter fun. “It’s really important that parents educate their children about the potential dangers of feeding chocolate to their dogs. Dogs will naturally try and sniff out any that’s hidden away, and when given the opportunity, they will always beg for a piece! So please explain why your pets aren’t allowed any, and make sure all chocolate is out of reach or well hidden.”
Luckily for you, and your fur-pal, Good Boy Dog Safe Choc is the perfect solution – and not just at Easter, but all year round! We have been producing dog-safe choc drops for over 50 years and it’s safe to say that dogs love them. Whether they’re looking for a reward, a birthday or Easter treat, or simply a super tasty treat, our choc drops are a firm favourite with all dogs
But you might be wondering, is dog chocolate safe? Simply – yes! Good Boy Choc is a specially formulated chocolate substitute that doesn’t contain cocoa, so is therefore completely safe for dogs to eat. The Queen will even back us up…we have been awarded the Royal Warrant for our choc drops – aren’t we fancy!However, we also understand that some may want to completely avoid any chocolate dog treating to steer clear of any accidental scoffing of human chocolate. Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for every treating need. Why not take a read of A Dog’s Tail…on why our meaty treats are just as tasty as our choc drops!