Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

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Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by linny » 12 Apr 2010, 10:19

Please share this with all the pet owners you know and ask them to do the same - the information you take a few minutes to share might prevent the senseless loss of other pets.


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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. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) 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, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, the dog had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, we found that
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."
*Snopes site gives the following information: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

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.

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Please share this with all the pet owners you know and ask them to do the same - the information you take a few minutes to share might prevent the senseless loss of other pets.


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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. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) 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, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, the dog had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, we found that
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."
*Snopes site gives the following information: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

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.

**PLEASE PASS THIS ON**








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A warning to those that do not already know and a little reminder for those that do.


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. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) 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, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, the dog had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, we found that
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."
*Snopes site gives the following information: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

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.

**PLEASE PASS THIS ON**








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Re: Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by linny » 12 Apr 2010, 10:24

Sorry for the triple post...Pc playing up :roll:
This product is an American product, but similar mulches are available in the UK ... be careful when buying mulches

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Re: Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by lizzie tb » 12 Apr 2010, 11:04

That's a very tragic story, poor dog
Thanks for highlighting this.
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Re: Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by MrsAdmin » 12 Apr 2010, 12:04

Sadly something like this happens every year :cry: . There really ought to be VERY big warnings on products about toxicity to pets of all types, as well as children.

Slug pellets are another problem :cry:

If you want to mulch your flower beds or play areas for kids then do as we do, contact any local tree surgeons and ask if they will give you FREE deliveries of the chippings they have to get rid of.

If they agree then write them a letter, and keep a copy, thanking them for their kindness and stress that you have DOGS and cannot take any trees where they might be poisonous, such as yew or holly, but are more than happy to take any fruit trees, eucalyptus etc which are not harmful as long as it is an unadulterated load. Many tree people have their own dogs and would understand your concern.

The only slight drawback is that you might have to take a big load at once but, hey, it's free and will help keep your garden damp in the drought we might get this summer :P Ideally you need to mulch after rain, and at least 4 inches thick to trap moisture in. Happy gardening.
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Re: Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by Clairejen » 12 Apr 2010, 15:02

What a dreadful story, I will forward it to friends. Just a thought, is there any chance that council's might use this stuff or is it too expensive for them to consider. The thought of local parks being full of it is very scary.
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Re: Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by amber » 12 Apr 2010, 15:57

Thanks Linny
Its so unnessesary. The makers need to put a warning on. I don't understand why they do not. It is irresponsible to say the least. I'll pass your post on to Doodle post.

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Re: Just a reminder....... poisoning hazard

Post by KateW » 12 Apr 2010, 17:54

It is outrageous that the manufacturers are still not putting a warning note on this product. If everyone who notices this product for sale in a garden centre or nursery complains they might be forced to take notice.

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