Veterinary Topics

Chocolate Toxicity Calculator

Here is a quick calculator that will help you determine the likelihood of your dog having a serious reaction.

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Chocolate Toxicity

Chocolate is LOVED by most dogs and is readily available in candy, cake, brownie mixes, and drinks. Dark chocolate and baker chocolates are the most toxic to dogs, while milk chocolate and chocolate flavorings are less so.

Common ways dogs find chocolate are:​

  • Groceries in the car
  • Wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree
  • Easter baskets
  • Valentine boxes
  • Countertops with mixes or baked goods
  • Parties, picnics, and gatherings

The essential parts of the equation are the type of chocolate consumed, the amount consumed, the size of the dog, and the dog’s health or medical condition.

Most packaging contains valuable information regarding quantities and types of chocolate contained in products and should be with you when you call your veterinarian or head to the vet hospital. Also, don’t forget that wrappings are also dangerous to pets, as these are indigestible and can cause intestinal obstruction or blockage.

Alpine Animal Clinic veterinarians are always available to Helena, MT, and patients in the surrounding area if you need to have your dog seen in an emergency.

Be sure to bring your wrappers with you to our hospital by gathering all pieces and fragments of the wrapper to piece back together. This may save your dog from needing diagnostic imaging for intestinal obstruction and aids in calculating toxicity risk by our veterinarian.