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Chocolates not for Pets

Chocolates not for Pets

It’s a given fact that we all love chocolates. It is natural tendency to share what we love with our loved ones, be it our family, friends or even our pets. Dogs are one of the most common pets we have around us. In fact, some of us treat them like our family member, feeding them and sharing our food with them. Dogs love chocolates, not only the taste but its scent too. Unlike cats that cannot sense the sweetness in a food, dogs can and they eventually develop an attraction to anything they find delicious (just like us humans). But, did you know that feeding these yummy confections to your loved pets can complicate their health or even worse, lead to their death?

Ask any Vets and they can tell you that chocolate poisoning is one of the most common cases of canine poisoning. Since chocolates are something almost every other house has lying around in it, in kitchens, dining tables, cupboards, refrigerators, etc., dogs easily fall prey to it even without the knowledge of its owners. The problem is magnified because anything even remotely containing some chocolate in it like an ice cream, a biscuit, a cookie or a cake can be lethal to a dog’s system even if it consumes a very small amount of it.

When can I know something is wrong?

The early symptoms can be vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness and hyperactivity along with frequent urination. A few advanced symptoms can be arrhythmia and muscle twitching. If such symptoms in your dog are still ignored without taking it to a doctor, it can lead to hyperthermia, high blood pressure, rapid increase in heart rate, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and continuous seizures. Ultimately, it would lead to coma and finally death.

Why is chocolate a dog poison?

It turns out that the poisoning occurs due to the presence of a naturally occurring substance, Theobromine that is found in almost every chocolate. Theobromine is actually very similar to caffeine. This is found in the coca bean plant called Theobroma cocoa. The bean from this plant is used to make chocolate. Theobromine is found more in dark chocolates. It can be said that the darker the chocolate, more the Theobromine in it. Now comes the complication-dogs love dark chocolate more than us. Milk chocolate is found to be the least dangerous type of chocolate. Theobromine affects the central nervous system and the respiratory system of the dog ultimately affecting the heart of the dog and leading to epileptic seizures. Theobromine is ingested slowly by the digestive system of a dog. So, the dangerous substance stays for longer inside the system and the effects last longer.

How can I treat my dog once I realize it has been poisoned?

Always keep an emergency first aid kit consisting of an activated charcoal substance, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide or syrup of ipecac. These substances would also be helpful in tackling many other varieties of plant and chemical toxins.

Activated charcoal is available in the form of tablets, powder or in liquid form. The charcoal actually prevents the poison from being processed by the digestion system and prevents the poison from being absorbed into pet’s blood stream. The charcoal needs to be administered at the earliest since it can serve to deactivate the ill-effects of the poison at the earliest.

But, before you administer the charcoal, you must induce vomiting for which Hydrogen Peroxide comes in handy. Keep giving a dosage of Hydrogen Peroxide every fifteen minutes till your dog vomits.

Preventive Measures:

Be highly vigilant with your dog when you prepare chocolate at home or during any parties/birthdays since it is during these times that chocolates are found more often and in large quantities. If you store chocolates in cupboards or refrigerators, be sure to lock them up.

Learn to refuse feeding chocolate in any form to your dog and be strict with it in this matter. They will eventually learn to ignore the scent and the taste of chocolate as something that cannot and should not be had.

Cats too?

It is not only dogs but cats can also get poisoned by Theobromine. Since cats do not eat chocolates in large quantities and do not have chocolates often, chocolate poisoning in cats is not seen as a comparatively big issue.

How much Theobromine is dangerous?

The amount of Theobromine that can cause poisoning depends on the body weight of the creature. So, for smaller dogs/cats, even small amounts of caffeine or Theobromine can cause deterioration of their health. While, a bigger cat/dog can resist small amounts of chocolate (theobromine), it can still fall prey to large amounts of the same.

Final Word:

Although chocolates have been found to have ill effects on our pets, it has no such effects on humans since our bodily systems are different from those of our pets. Many inexperienced dog owners are still unaware of the potential ill effects of chocolates on dogs and cats. We request you please share this useful piece of information with your near and dear ones, your neighbours, classmates, colleagues and everyone else you know and also on social media in order to spread this message.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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CHOCOLATE Food of the Gods

In the spring of 2004, a woman walked into Woolworth with a yearning for chocolate and walked out with 10,000 Mars bars. In April of the same year, a man in the throes of a late-night craving shot a sales clerk who would not exchange his expired bag of chocolates. One month later, a small town’s police department started handing out chocolate bars to late-night bar-goers as a new “weapon for deterring drunks” from violent outbreaks. Throughout the USA, Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend packages – replete with chocolate spa treatments and tastings – entice consumers. The Hotel Hershey has even opened a special spa where men and women can have their dreams fulfilled – to be covered from head to toe in melted chocolate with treatments such as whipped cocoa baths, chocolate hydrotherapy, chocolate bean polishes, and chocolate fondue wraps.

Surprising? Yes and no. The taste and aroma of chocolate can tempt even the most disciplined among us. But, why do we feel such a passion for chocolate? What makes chocolate so seductive? The simple answer is that it tastes great and makes us feel good. But, what is it in chocolate that makes us feel so good, that drives us to crave and in some cases become addicted?

Chocolate has always been considered unique among foods. From its historical use as a sacred substance up to its prominence today as the food of romance, celebration, and indulgence, it has always held a special place in society. We do not classify chocolate as part of any of the four basic plant groups of food (whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes). Nor do we call it a drug. But curiously, chocolate has properties of both. Ask chocolate lovers to define chocolate, however, and they will describe it as “the love drug,” “the eighth wonder,”“the food of the gods,” “a wicked pleasure,” and “the secret drug of happiness.”

The combined psychological and pharmacological effects of chocolate have been a topic of increasing interest among nutritional scientists who are now localizing in the body and brain the sites where chocolate acts, and identifying the precise compounds involved.

Chocolate’s unique characteristics, including its sensory properties, pharmacologically active compounds, and drug-like effects on the brain and behaviour have been studied extensively. However, the exact reason for the unique magnetism of chocolate, particularly among women, has not yet been established. The sensory reward of chocolate, shaped by its pharmacological properties and cognitive effects, is an exceptionally potent force and appears to be the predominant factor contributing to chocolate’s noble status. It is becoming clear, however, that chocolate is not just a delicious food that represents romance, love, and celebration. Rather, chocolate is a cocktail of pharmacological agents hidden within a sweet, velvety, and, to many if not all, irresistible dessert that has the potential to induce drug-like effects on the body and the mind.

Lotus chocolates use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Now in fact there are many customers from abroad order large gift packs from Lotus Chocolates. Lotus chocolates provides for all your chocolate cravings, and after what we have learnt lately about chocolates, who can resist?

Log onto: http://www.lotuschocolate.com/ and indulge yourself.

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Lotus Chocolate: Rolling Chocolate Cigars

A Simple 3 Step ‘Chocolate Cigar

  • Step 1. Spread White Chocolate.
  • Step 2. Spread Milk Chocolate.
  • Step 3. Time to Roll.
 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Chocolate

 

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