Chocolate poisoning is one of the most frequent canine emergencies. The most dangerous thing is that it contains methylxanthines (particularly caffeine and theobromine). And dogs are susceptible to these substances.
However, different varieties of chocolate contain different quantities of those toxic substances. So the question “Can dog eat white chocolate?” is still fair and deserves a more in-depth look. As there is some confusion over the safety of white chocolate for dogs.
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Can White Chocolate Be Toxic to Dogs?
Chocolate, in general, is toxic to dogs due to its caffeine and theobromine content. But white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids, so, for the most part, it has zero caffeine and theobromine, according to Healthline write-up on the subject. So white chocolate can’t be considered toxic for dogs.
However, even if theobromine poisoning is not a concern, more ingredients can put your dog at risk. Such components are particularly common in sugar-free versions of white chocolates. But even your typical sugary candy bar is not great for your canine either. In essence, it’s all empty calories and very little nutritional value.
Can Dogs Be Allergic to White Chocolate?
Dogs are not “allergic” to white chocolate or any other type of chocolate, for that matter. It is the amount of theobromine in chocolate that causes the most issues. But, to be fair, some dogs can tolerate small amounts of theobromine.
Is White Chocolate Bad for Dogs?
Even though white chocolate has no significant amount of methylxanthines in it, it’s still considered bad for dogs due to high levels of fat and sugar. Even the sugar-free versions are harmful as they contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol.
And it can be even more dangerous than theobromine. As it can cause liver failure, seizures, low blood sugar, and in some cases, even can be deadly.
If you offer your pet white chocolate without xylitol, the added sugar can put them at risk. And we are talking about conditions like hyperactivity, dental caries, obesity, lethargy, and even diabetes if they keep eating it regularly.
Is There Anything Good in White Chocolate for Dogs?
Not really. No good can come from giving your dog white chocolate, and there is basically no need for them to eat it. Since chocolate is high in fats, carbs, and calories but low in nutrients, it really isn’t worth the risk of discomfort and illness.
You may think that you are offering your dog a treat, but keep in mind that dog treats and human treats aren’t always the same thing.
(And let’s face it there’s no such thing as recommended consumption of added sugars for the heath purposes for humans neither).
What to Do If Dogs Eat White Chocolate?
As soon as you realize that your dog has eaten white chocolate, it is recommended that you contact your vet. You will also need to closely monitor your dog.
If the dog experiences irregular heart rate, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, etc., call the pet poison helpline or online vets you trust.
Once they know how much white chocolate your dog ate, they can tell you if your dog is at risk of theobromine poisoning or other conditions– and what you should do next.
White Chocolate and Dogs. Summary
Even though white chocolate is way less dangerous than dark or milk varieties, it doesn’t make it safe for your dog. The high amounts of fats and sugar it contains is not suitable for canines. Sugar-free versions with reduced calories come with their own certain risks and toxic ingredients. So, it is best to keep them away from your canine friend.
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