Chocolate Toxicity Calculator

Unaware of its toxicity, some pet parents consider chocolate as a delicious dog treat. As peculiar as it may sound, recent researches show that even dog parents that are aware of the toxic effects tend to frequently give their four-legged mate a small amount of chocolates. dogs chocolate should not be a thing, we should not give them any type as chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine. Use the below calculator to find out about symptoms, and call your vet ASAP.

Do not feed any form of chocolate to your Pet – If you believe your dog has eaten chocolate of any form, please call your veterinarian immediately.  Please use this calculator as a guide.

How much chocolate is toxic to dogs?

Chocolate toxicity would depend on the amount of chocolate ingestion and the type of chocolate, (the amount of theobromine is different from milk chocolate to dark chocolate and less in white chocolate). Furthermore, the severity would depend on the condition of the pet at the time of ingestion, for example, whether the dog has eaten chocolate with a full or empty stomach, the weight of the dog. Even without any signs, they can still get sick from fat and sugar, which can cause pancreatitis.

You must talk to your Veterinarian ASAP, and follow the vet’s instruction. Please use this toxicity calculator as a guide only

Dogs can potentially be exposed to a variety of chocolate and cocoa products like cookies, baking chocolate, cakes, candies, brownies, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, candy, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, chocolate bars and cocoa bean mulches. It should be noted that most toxicity incidents occur around holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. This is simply because, during holidays, chocolate is more prevalent in households, and cheeky paws may eat chocolate. Use this Calculator to figure out the toxicity level.

Symptoms Of Chocolate Poisoning

Initial or minor signs that your dog/pet may have eaten chocolates may include:

  • Increase in thirst
  • Diarrhea & vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Agitation or hyperactivity

If  the situation is Worsening:

  • High blood pressure
  • Racing heart rate
  • Heart arrhythmias

In worse cases – if the dog has eaten a lot:

  • Seizures
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Tremors or twitching
  • Cardiac failure
  • Collapse
  • Death
Theobromine
(mg/oz)
Caffeine
(mg/oz)
White Chocolate .25-1 .85
Milk Chocolate 44-58 6
Semisweet (Dark)
Chocolate
128-238 22
Baking Chocolate 393-450 35-47
Cocoa Powder 737 70
Instant Cocoa Powder
(Hot Chocolate)
130-136 15-20
Oreo Cookies 2.4 .85

Most common symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs are hyperactivity and gastrointestinal signs ( vomiting and diarrhoea), and increased thirst, panting or a racing heart rate, restlessness, breathing heavily and excessive urination. In severe cases, muscle tremors, seizures, coma and heart failure in a dog can be seen. Unfortunately, we have seen sudden death from cardiac arrest has occurred ( with dogs with heart disease). You may see clinical signs within 30 minutes and or it might take a couple of hours to see the effects.

Chocolate poisoning/chocolate toxicosis can be preventable, do not leave chocolate products freely available, always lock them away and there should not be dog chocolates. This will save your emergency vet visit. This calculator will help you to find out the toxicity level.

You can get substitute products to chocolate treats for dogs (dog chocolate = which uses Carob) they would taste the same. This would help if your pet loves the chocolate flavour.

You must talk to your Veterinarian ASAP, and follow the vet’s instruction. your vet may suggest inducing vomiting using hydrogen peroxide, the purpose is to remove all the chocolate from the body asap. Please follow the instruction for your veterinarian. Please use this toxicity calculator as a guide only.