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1758 Views 2 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  Cpt_Kirks

This does not pertain to the 1919A4, but I read it on another Forum and thought it would be good info for all pet owners. I did not verify this, but some other guys on the P-64 Forum did, and they say it is correct.......

> > > > Subject: Fw: Warning for Pet Owners. Please read. > > > > > > > > > > > > Warning for Pet Owners: Cocoa Mulch PLEASE send this to everyone you know --- even if They don't have pets and ask them to send it on to Everyone they know. Yesterday one of our clients Experienced a tragedy and wanted me to pass a Special message along to all of my dog loving Friends and family. I was hoping you could forward This to your contact list. My client was the doting Owner of two young lab/golden retriever mixes. Over The weekend, they 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. They set the bag in their yard. Their Dog, Calypso, decided that the mulch smelled good Enough to eat so she broke into it and devoured a Large helping. She vomited a few times which was Typical of her when she would get into something she Shouldn't have gotten in to. She was not acting Lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and Took Calypso out for her morning walk. Ha > lf 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. Denise (Calypso's mom) Wanted me to pass this information along so no one Had to experience the same tragedy she went through. 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." True information about the mulch can be Found here - <http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoa.htm> This site gives the following information: "Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden sup ply 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. Just a word of caution - check What you are using in your gardens and be aware of What your gardeners are using in your gardens. Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make 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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That sucks

We've used this stuff for years for reptiles but on the compressed bricks we bought it had a warning for dogs go figure... Someone screwed up someplace...:rolleyes:
Sounds like a lawsuit for sure. :eek:

Since dogs DO tend to go out in the yard, they should at least have a warning label on the bag.
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