Please share this information with
other pet owners, it might prevent the senseless loss of other
pets. This new cocoa shell mulch is fast replacing the
traditional peat moss garden mulch and might be found in many yards,
(apparently the world supply of peat is drying up, and new
types of mulch are surfacing). We should all also email or
call the producers, to put appropriate warnings on the bags
and request that sellers and distributors verbally warn their
The owners of two young lab mixes
purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The
dogs loved the way it smelled, but it was only cautioned to
keep cats away from the product. Their dog Calypso decided the
mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping.
She vomited a few times which was typical when she ate
something new, but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The
next day, half way through her morning walk, Calypso had a
seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings
printed on the label, upon further investigation this was
found on the company's web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic
to dogs and cats.
Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by
Hershey's, they claim that "It's 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."
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 really
attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and can 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 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 bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of