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    Mar 2010

    Default Danger to Dogs

    Hi All, this is an old one but got this info again in an email today and thought it worth posting in case some have not seen it.

    Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
    Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

    Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site,

    This product is HIGHLY TOXIC to dogs and cats.

    Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it." <> site gives the following Cocoa Mulch Danger to Dogs <>

    Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

    Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cocoa bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

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    Default Seizures after certain commercial dog foods

    Thank you for the warning. I also wanted to check if anyone else has had experiences with certain dog foods causing seizures. My schipperke seems to react really badly after he's had My Dog for a few weeks-especially the beef & lamb variety. I persisted with the Chicken variety, but although it took much longer this time, he had another "epileptic type" seizure again. I've stopped giving him this dog food - preferring now to prepare my own - and problems stopped. I came to the conclusion that it's a reaction to the food colouring that's used. Has anyone else had this experience please?

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    Yes, I found the same thing in my puppy 6 months ago. But i didn't pay much attention at that that time and considered this seizures a normal phenomenon. But this time i came to know the fact. Thanks for the post. I will tell my friends about it as well.
    Last edited by Devil's Advocate; 06-23-2010 at 09:18 AM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Moggill, Queensland


    Personally, I'd be taking my dog to the vet if it was having seizures at all? I've been feeding my dog "My Dog" for a very long time now. Never had a problem. The only unusual thing he does is reverse sneeze every now and again, but this is unrelated to food.

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