Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks Eat Chocolate?

Straight up, the answer is no, Rhodesian Ridgebacks shouldn’t really have chocolate!

This is because chocolates have certain components that don’t blend too well with a Rhodesian Ridgebacks’ digestive system, such as theobromine (which is somewhat like a sort of caffeine).

Theobromine also affects a Rhodesian Ridgebacks’ central nervous system, kidneys, and even the heart! Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a hard time metabolizing this substance, unlike humans.

This means that this toxic component has a tendency to build up in a Rhodesian Ridgebacks’ body, making it harmful for them.

Dog eating chocolate

The Other Effects Of Theobromine

When Rhodesian Ridgebacks eat this sweet snack, high doses of theobromine might result in seizures, muscle tremors, vomiting, internal bleeding, and even heart attack!

Are All Chocolate Types Dangerous?

Studies show that dark chocolate and bitter-tasting chocos are more dangerous to pets. Although milk chocolate is less harmful to Rhodesian Ridgebacks, it can still be dangerous if consumed in large quantities.

Symptoms You Should Look Out For

When suspecting Rhodesian Ridgebacks to have eaten any type of chocolate or potential poisoning, you can always look out for clinical signs like hyperactivity, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, increased urination, and an abnormal heart rate. These symptoms tend to appear within the first 6 to 12 hours upon excessive intake.

My Dog Ate Chocolate. What Should I Do?

If you suspect that your dog has eaten chocolate, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.

While you can always consider your dog’s size and type, it’s best to leave care and potential treatment to the professionals.

For light cases, vets usually rely on the vomiting method for Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Depending on how serious the case is, supplemental treatment can also be the way to go.

 

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Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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