Can dogs eat chocolate?

Alternatives to chocolate for dogs

We all like to treat our pets, and there are still plenty of ways to do that without using chocolate! Stick to safe, approved, and specially formulated dog treats that be eaten without risk of illness.


Although a human would love a nice slice of chocolate cake, you can be sure that your dog will prefer a few hours spent chewing on a rawhide bone, or a quick and satisfying dip into the dog biscuit bag.

There are numerous dog treats available that aren’t only tasty for your dog, but also provide a range of benefits for their health, like added nutrients and dental care.

Don’t be tempted to treat your dog to chocolate at Easter or Christmas—or it could be a more dramatic family occasion than you had intended! Stick to safe and specially formulated dog treats to treat your dog the right way.

How much chocolate can a dog eat?


Our advice is not to give chocolate to your dog as even a small quantity can be dangerous, depending on the weight of your dog.

Theobromine doses in the region of 100-150 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight are toxic to dogs.

For example, if you have a Labrador weighing 30kg, as little as 3000mg of theobromine could be fatal.

You’ll find 3000mg of theobromine in one 500 gram bar of dark or 170 grams of baking chocolate, which is often less than a single bar.

However, for West Highland Terriers weighing just 10kg these amounts should be reduced by two-thirds.

You can use our interactive dog chocolate calculator to find out if your dog has eaten a poisonous amount.

Does chocolate kill dogs?

Although chocolate can make dogs ill, it’s rarely fatal. According to the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, out of 1,000 dog chocolate toxicity cases it recorded on its database, only five dogs died. Concerns have been raised, however, that many dog chocolate toxicity cases go unreported.

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