Cats Dogs and Caffeine Poisoning

Taken from Provet healthcare information

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Note for Pet Owners – This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.

You should see the advise 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:

Coffee – instant 65mg/cup, percolated 100 mg/cup

Tea, Cocoa, chocolate, some cola drinks, Lucozade, Some cold treatments, Some pain killers, Caffeine stimulant tablets and caffeine stimulant drinks

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. There is no ANTIDOTE.

Signs of poisoning that may be noticed by owners include:

  • Excitement
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle tremors
  • Fits
  • Bleeding

Veterinarians may also detect

  • Abnormal heart rhythm [called arrhythmias]
  • Generalised congestion

{Reference source for some of the content is Manual of Dietetic Practice by Briony Thomas 1994 Blackwell Science}



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