I have a white german shepherd, he is around 4 years old, he is very active and eat healthy.
I was wondering if it is ok to give chocolate to my dog ?? I mean like anything mix with chocolate such as donuts, ice cream, candy, cookies, cakes ect... can dog eat that ?? I heard few of my friends said that dog cannot eat chocolate, they will get sick or even die, i don't know if it is true or false because i have never search for that information.
Could you please give me some advices??
Chocolate contains a chemical compound called theobromine that is VERY toxic to dogs. Never give your dog anything containing chocolate. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the more dangerous it is, but definitely never let your dog have any kind of chocolate.
Generally, it's best to feed healthy dog treats with high quality ingredients rather than human snacks that contain a lot of fat or calories.
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, dark chocolate especially so. Some dogs are more sensitive than others. One of my old dogs survived eating 1/2 a pound of chocolate mints and just barfed minty piles all over the house - we were away from home when she got into them. Here is a good list of plants and foods to avoid:
Also it depends on the amount ingested and the dog size... My Great Dane (now deceased, not from chocalate) once ate around 20 chocalate cupcakes plus half the plastic wrap on them and was fine... (not recommended)
Small amounts of chocolate will not harm your dog, but it is advised not to give any. While chocolate is rarely FATAL (deadly) to a dog, there are many other negatives that could happen. Vomitting is the most common, but also seizures, heart issues, etc can easily happen as well. None of which are good.
It would generally take 50-80oz of milk chocolate to kill an 80lb dog. It would take 15-25oz of semisweet chocolate to kill an 80lb dog. It would only take 5-8oz of baker's chocolate to kill an 80lb dog. It is very rare white chocolate will kill a dog as there are only small amounts of cocoa, but can easily lead to heart problems and seizures.
It isn't the chocolate itself, but the cocoa.
So what everyone has told you is absolutely correct. To keep your dog healthy, never feed chocolate! Even white chocolate.
Also, in certain dogs, it may take much less to be fatal... It tends to vary on the dog itself. Better safe than sorry..
Very small amounts won't harm them, but it's best to avoid people food, unless you're giving them plain meat (and maybe some fruits and veggies on occasion). Dogs are mainly carnivores, but are omnivorous, and benefit from the occassional fruit or veggie snack.
Most dog food isn't very natural, and those that are cost an arm and a leg, so you should give your dog bits of banana every now and then rather than chocolate. Some other snacks are good, but research first. Some things can hurt your dog.
How do those fake dog chocolates (I think they are carob?) rate as dog treats?
My dog has a serious sweet tooth, so he LOVES carob. It's perfectly safe, though not tremendously healthful (basically "empty calories") so it's fine as an occasional treat, but it's best not to go overboard.