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[RC] Fw: LETHAL TO YOUR PET..... - Roxanne Ciccone

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Subject: Fw: LETHAL TO YOUR PET.....
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 20:04:43 -0500

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Subject: Fw: LETHAL TO YOUR PET.....

If you have pets, please read this, very

        Subject: Lethal for Dogs

        Yesterday one of our dog agility friends
experienced a tragedy and wanted me to pass a
special message along to all of my dog loving
friends and family. Please tell dog owners you know.

        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

        Although the mulch had NO warnings printed
on the label, upon further investigation on the
companies web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to

        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 -
This site gives the following information:

        Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot,
Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply
stores, contains a lethal ingredient called "Theo

        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.

        Theo bromine 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 cacao bean shells developed severe
convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the
stomach contents and the ingested cacao be an shells
revealed the presence of lethal amounts of

        Please email the manufacturer at

and request that accurate information about this
product be posted on the packaging to avoid further


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