Mother Dearest received an email and she thought she might share it with the world about Cocoa Shell Garden Mulch - whether its true or not, who knows. But its better to be aware right?
Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet please pass this message onto 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 decided 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 the owner woke up and took the dogs for a walk, halfway through the walk she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch has no warnings printed on the packaging, an investigation on the company's website stated the product is highly toxic to dogs and cats.
Cocoa mulch is manufactured by Hersheys and they claim "it is true that studies have shown that 50% of dogs that eat cocoa mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees, however 98% of dogs wont eat it"
Cocoa mulch contains a lethal ingredient called theobromine which is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths have already occurred.
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 to the effects of caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cocoa bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cocoa been shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
So I don't know how much of this is true but its something to be aware of out there in the big scary world!
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