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With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, it is common for many to indulge in a little sweet to celebrate. As a pet parent, it is important to be aware of having extra safety measurements if we are planning on having chocolate around the house. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine”. Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines). Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increases blood pressure. Dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, cannot metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans can; this causes the above effects to be much more severe than is the case with humans.
I was thrilled when I found this info-graphic by the ASPCA. It is an easy way to learn and if your have kiddos at home, simple print it and post it on the fridge so everybody can read it!