Cocoa mulch is made from leftovers from the cocoa bean roasting process. On the upside it's environmentally friendly and it looks and smells good. The downside? It is extremely toxic to dogs and cats.
This type of mulch contains more toxic than milk chocolate or even baker's chocolate, and once a dog starts eating the mulch they generally like it and won't stop. That means that a dog can eat a lot of mulch, and get a significant amount of the toxic.
The below example is based on a 50 lbs dog:
- 2 ounces of cocoa bean mulch will likely lead to abdominal pain and vomiting
- 4 ounces of cocoa bean mulch will increase the dog's heart rate
- 5.5 ounces of cocoa bean mulch is likely to lead to seizures
- 9 ounces or more can be fatal
~ Maria Sadowski ~