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POISONOUS MULCH – MAY 1, 2010

Well, Spring is finally here and with Spring most of us are working in our yards and getting things ready for the Summer.

A word of warning, COCOA BEAN MULCH is poisonous to dogs. A byproduct of chocolate production, cocoa bean shells are frequently used for home landscaping. Some dogs find the mulch palatable and ingest varying amount.

The unprocessed cocoa beans contain approximately 1 percent to 4 percent theobromine and .07 percent to .36 percent caffeine, but the theobromine content of processed cocoa bean shell mulch reportedly ranges from .19 percent to 2.98 percent.

Dogs are known to be sensitive to theobromine and caffeine-chemicals that are called methylxanthines.

Dogs that consume cocoa bean shell mulch might develop signs consistent with methylxanthine toxicosis. Vomiting, muscle tremors are the most comonn signs of toxicosis. Evidence suggests that the severity of clinical signs increased when larger amounts are ingested.

The best way to keep your dog safe, is not to use the cocoa bean shell mulch around your pets.

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.

May 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment


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