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No, dogs cannot eat white chocolate. This is because all types of chocolates contain theobromine, a chemical that dogs cannot metabolize like humans. White chocolate also contains caffeine, high amounts of sugar and fat which are all unsafe ingredients for dogs.

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Dangerous: This food is generally considered a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of dogs. Please contact your vet, a veterinary hospital or pet poison control if you suspect your dog has eaten this food recently.

However, white chocolate does not contain the same level of theobromine as dark or milk chocolate, which is toxic to dogs. It contains a small amount of theobromine, which can still be harmful in large enough quantities. According to the American Kennel Club, the amount of theobromine in white chocolate is approximately 0.25 mg per ounce.

How Much White Chocolate is Toxic for Dogs?

Even though there isn’t enough theobromine in white chocolate to be toxic to dogs, unless they ate a very large amount (see the calculation below) the amount of sugar and fat is unsafe for a dog to eat. It’s important to avoid feeding your dog chocolate, even white chocolate, because every dog is different and could have underlying sensitivities and medical conditions that would make them more susceptible to theobromine poisoning, so it is best to err on the side of caution and completely avoid all chocolate.

The amount of theobromine that can be poisonous to dogs varies based on their size and weight. Generally, it’s considered toxic when a dog consumes 20mg of theobromine per kilogram of their body weight. According to these guidelines this means that for a small dog weighing 10 pounds, 110 pounds of white chocolate could potentially be toxic. For a larger dog weighing 50 pounds, it would take approximately 550 lbs of white chocolate to be lethal. In other words a dog has to eat around 11 times its weight in white chocolate for the theobromine to be lethal. Remember, dark and milk chocolates have much higher concentrations of theobromine.

If your dog eats more than 40 mg of theobromine, it may develop cardiac problems such as a racing heart, arrhythmias, or high blood pressure. If such a thing happens, rush your pet to the vet immediately.

Symptoms of White Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

Symptoms of white chocolate poisoning in dogs include shaking, seizures, excessive urination, increased heart rate, drooling, restlessness, dehydration, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

How is White Chocolate Poisoning Treated in Dogs?

If you suspect that your pup has ingested a significant amount of white chocolate, it is crucial to act promptly and take them to a vet or urgent clinic immediately. Although white chocolate contains significantly less theobromine than dark or milk chocolate, it can still pose a risk in some dogs, and it is better to act with urgency than leave it up to chance.

The standard therapy for white chocolate poisoning in dogs typically involves inducing vomiting as soon as possible, which helps to minimize the absorption of any harmful substances. Your vet may also recommend administering activated charcoal to help absorb any remaining toxins in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. If the chocolate poisoning is severe they might recommend further monitoring, IV fluids or other supportive measures to address any complications or symptoms that could arise as a result.

Timing is crucial in this situation, as waiting for signs of poisoning or simply observing your pet could make it more challenging to provide effective treatment. To streamline the process and ensure the best possible outcome for your dog, be prepared to provide your veterinarian with important information, such as the type and amount of chocolate your dog consumed. This will help them assess the severity of the situation and determine the most appropriate course of action.

Common White Chocolate Ingredients

  • Milk- Milk is fine in small amounts. However, large amounts can lead to stomach issues in lactose-intolerant dogs.
  • Sugar- Sugar is detrimental to your dog’s health as it can lead to weight gain in the long term.
  • Cocoa butter- Cocoa butter contains the chemical theobromine, which is highly toxic for dogs if eaten in large amounts.
  • Caffeine- Eating large amounts of caffeine can lead to multiple health problems in dogs, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and death, in worse cases.  


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, white chocolate is highly toxic for dogs as it contains cocoa butter. Cocoa butter contains theobromine which can be highly poisonous for your canine companion.

  • Semi-sweet milk chocolate contains the most amount of theobromine at around 150 mg/ounce. However, white chocolate only contains trace amounts. However, this usually adds up if your dog eats an entire bar of white chocolate.

  • Not all white chocolates contain xylitol. However, some sugar-free white chocolate brands add this chemical as an artificial sweetener to their products. That said, xylitol is highly toxic for dogs.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.