TOXIC garden mulch

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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, Mum woke up and took Calypso out for her morning  walk. Halfway 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 web  site,

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.com site gives the  following information (click here for more):

Cocoa Mulch 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 cocoa 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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One Response to “ TOXIC garden mulch ”

  1. Cordelia says:

    No queitosn this is the place to get this info, thanks y’all.

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