Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Cocoa mulch, available at Target, Home Depot, and other home improvement and garden stores, is toxic to dogs. We humans enjoy this product for the lovely smell it gives our gardens, but the smell proves all too tempting for some dogs who attempt to eat the mulch. Cocoa mulch, manufactured by Hershey, contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine" that is also found in any cocoa based product such as chocolate kisses. Hershey admits the dangers on their website stating: "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."

After eating the substance, dogs will vomit and go into seizures that often result in death. If you use this product, please carefully observe your dog and make sure he/she does not attempt to eat the mulch. Or, if you are thinking about mulching your yard, we suggest staying away from this product.

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