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Old 02-23-2009, 06:03 PM
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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. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that 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.

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.'

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.

Here is a link to the story on Truth or Fiction:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/cocoa-mulch.htm

PLEASE GIVE THIS THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION!!!
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:53 PM
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wow dval thanks for posting this! I am/was a cocoa mulch user...but that was before dogs so I certainly won't be picking any bags up now.

I guess theobromine is why chocolate is bad for dogs...I always wondered about that. It would also explain why some dogs can eat chocolate and live and others can't - must be a matter of dosing/amounts and size of the dog
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:52 AM
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ANY Chocolate in general is poisonous to animals...
Just recently we had two things done to the house we are renting - one was to have an ionization to kill the mold/moss in the grass, the lawn care specialists left a little yellow flag in our yard indicating that it had been treated and a number they could be reached at - we posted a HUGE cardboard sign indicating that our neighbors wash their pets paws before the animals clean them ( then it rained, and the yard was safe, and the sign came down). And the second was having the yard professionally weeded and Mulched. Our Gardeners know we have animals and our neighbors have animals, so he made certain that only CEDAR Mulch was used - then we added our own bags of Cedar Mulch where they were not requested to mulch. The problem with mulching though is that not everyone with out animals knows that some products are not safe for any animals (like the swiffer products) - and some unfortunately just do not care.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:23 AM
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I have to say that I have never had a dog that would sit there and eat something like mulch. I know that some dogs do, though.
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