Note for Pet Owners
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You should seek the advice of your
veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the
diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Caffeine poisoning is not as common as chocolate poisoning but it is still seen occasionally
Caffeine is present in * :
# The main stimulant and potential toxin in chocolate and cocoa is theobromine.
If enough is eaten it can be fatal for both dogs and cats. The lethal dose of caffeine for dogs and cats is 150mg/kg body weight, and regular instant coffee contains over 60mg caffeine per teaspoon - so for a 3 kg cat 8 teaspoons of coffee would be potentially fatal, and there is NO ANTIDOTE.
Signs of poisoning that may be noticed by owners include :
Veterinarians may also detect :
(* Reference source for some of the content Manual of Dietetic Practice by Briony Thomas 1994 Blackwell Science)
Updated October 2013