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Can Dogs Eat White Chocolate?

By Colleen Williams
December 19, 2016 • 2 min. read
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Key Takeaways

  • White chocolate is not as toxic to dogs as dark or milk chocolate.
  • White chocolate is still not healthy for dogs because it is high in fat and sugar.
  • Call your vet if your dog accidentally eats white chocolate in case of possible reactions.
  • Feed apple slices to your dog for a sweet treat instead of white chocolate.

No, dogs should not eat white chocolate.

Compared to milk or dark chocolate, white chocolate is not nearly as toxic to dogs. Theobromine—the toxic component in chocolate—can be found in white chocolate, however the amount is so low your dog would have to eat a tremendous amount of white chocolate in order to have any symptoms that mirror chocolate’s toxicity, which includes vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even heart attack, among other signs.

It’s important to note that white chocolate is not so harmless, though. We recommend not feeding your dog candy or sweets at all.

  • It is high in fat, which can cause similar symptoms to chocolate poisoning (like vomiting and diarrhea) and the high-fat content puts your dog at risk for pancreatitis.
  • It is high in sugar, which can lead to health problems including diabetes, weight gain, urinary tract infections, and more.
  • So while he or she isn’t necessarily in danger of theobromine poisoning, you should call your vet if your dog eats white chocolate in case of other possible reactions. Your vet may induce vomiting and/or administer an IV.

In short, don’t share any type of chocolate with your dog. For a sweet treat that’s safe for pups to eat, give them some apple slices instead.

If you’re not sure what to share, Healthy Paws has a great list of foods that are safe and not safe for dogs.

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By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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