The primary toxic components in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine. The amount of theobromine and caffeine in products will vary dependent on the type of chocolate and the manufacturer. Common signs associated with large consumption of chocolate in animals include vomiting (in animals that can), diarrhoea, hyperactivity and restlessness, increased thirst, increased heart rate and tremors.
Whilst many of us are aware of the danger that chocolate poses to dogs, other species are similarly as affected.
We recently took a call regarding Eddie the Lop rabbit who ingested a piece of chocolate. We were able to calculate the dose he had ingested thanks to the helpful information provided by his owner and were able to reassure them that the dose was under our treatment dose and therefore he could remain at home. Eddie developed no adverse effects after his encounter!
If you suspect that your pet has ingested chocolate or a chocolate based product, please contact the Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000. Please have your pet’s up to date weight and as the details of the chocolate product ready for the call handler so we can accurately calculate the dose ingested and establish whether or not treatment is required.