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Dog and cat owners, PLEASE READ

Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do. (copied from a friend)

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that 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, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, 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.' The 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 the eobromine, 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.

I just saw this product being used n HGTV or DIY just this past weekend! The host commented on how good it smelled and even tried munching it. I was concerned then, but even more so now.

Just thought you guys might like to know.

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the_tim_world From: the_tim_world Date: February 17th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Coco and dogs don't mix! Why would Hershey's make something like that?!
araestel From: araestel Date: February 17th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno! It didn't make any sense to me! I mean, I had no idea *they* were who made it. How stupid!!
the_tim_world From: the_tim_world Date: February 17th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also think it's stupid they brought the stuff knowing that dogs love coco anything! They didn't know, but still...common sense.
araestel From: araestel Date: February 17th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You and I both know how some people just have ZERO common sense. OY!!
the_tim_world From: the_tim_world Date: February 18th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! So true!
From: harukameko Date: February 17th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear! This is the first I've heard about this. Thankfully all of my kitties are indoor cats, but thank you soooo much for posting this.
araestel From: araestel Date: February 17th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Surely! Anything to help the babies stay safe! *hugs*

I did hear it's a little more expensive, so hopefully that will deter some people on a limited budget from adding it to their property.
numenora From: numenora Date: February 17th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
How awful! I am so sorry. I will pass this on to my friends who have dogs. Thanks for the heads up. *hugs*
araestel From: araestel Date: February 17th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Anything for the babies and their safety!
thalassatx From: thalassatx Date: February 17th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap!!!
araestel From: araestel Date: February 17th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know!!! OY!!
tularia From: tularia Date: February 18th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for that info!
araestel From: araestel Date: February 18th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
mirkwoodelfchic From: mirkwoodelfchic Date: February 18th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Thanks for the info. People are starting to put new mulch out already at some of the businesses where we walk our dog on the weekends. Of course she makes a b-line for all new mulch, so will have to keep and extra sharp eye on her.
veronica_rich From: veronica_rich Date: February 18th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
WTF? Chocolate MULCH?
the_dala From: the_dala Date: February 18th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for this - okay if I repost it on my LJ?
araestel From: araestel Date: February 19th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
bm_shipper From: bm_shipper Date: February 18th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG... that's awful :(
araestel From: araestel Date: February 19th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My thoughts exactly!
beautiful_hooch From: beautiful_hooch Date: February 18th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, scary. Thanks for the heads up. We are always buying mulch for our garden's at the properties that we rent out and for our own house as well. I'll let my parents know right away. This is very good to put out to owners because it really can save lives. *huggles*

Hooch ;)
araestel From: araestel Date: February 19th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
YAY! Good timing!! :) I hate to see any animals hurt, so I'm all about the sharing of info.

How are you doing?
beautiful_hooch From: beautiful_hooch Date: April 22nd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You said it mate lol.

I'm doing good, I'll be joining the Army soon.

Hooch ;)
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