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WARNING to gardening pet owners: Please read.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:13 pm    Post subject: WARNING to gardening pet owners: Please read. Reply with quote

Dear pet-loving friends,

This was forwarded to me. Snopes rates it 'Partly True'. If you use this product or are considering to use it, please decide for yourself it it's worth the risk.

According to snopes,
"Eaten by a 50lb dog, about 2 ounces of cocoa bean mulch may cause gastrointestinal upset; about 4.5 ounces , increased heart rate; about 5.3 ounces, seizures; and over 9 ounces, death. (In contrast, a 50lb dog can eat 7.5 ounces of milk chocolate without gastrointestinal upset, and up to about a pound of milk chocolate without increased heart rate.)"

"The effect of eating cocoa mulch seems to be more severe in small breeds/puppies, depending on how much they ingest."

Comment by Anya: It seems kind of obvious in retrospect, since it is what's left over from the cocoa bean and we all know chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but I'm not sure I would have recognized the inherent danger if I was shopping for mulch and thought that having a nicely smelling mulch might be fun.

> Read and please pass along to any pet owners and others friends who may use this product in their yard.
> Thanks
> Warning To Pet Owners !!
> Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
> Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) dcided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly. (Comment by Anya: This happened in 2007)
> Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.
> Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."
> *Snopes site gives the following information:
> *
> Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ' Theobromine' . It is
> lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
> Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Anya!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know,,thanks Anya
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