IMPORTANT: PET OWNERS!

Old 08-04-2011, 07:54 AM
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WARNING: SUNSHINE OF AFRICA, COCOA SHELL GARDEN MULCH sold at Home Depot, Foreman's and other garden supply stores.........Please read!

Please share this with all the pet owners you know and ask them to do the same - the information you take a few minutes to share might prevent the senseless loss of other pets.

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased "Cocoa Mulch" from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. 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 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 instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site,

this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats .

"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."
*Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

"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 li ke chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and 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 theobromine.

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Old 08-04-2011, 07:55 AM
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wow, that is sad. Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:03 AM
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I heard that on a gardening show recently. I knew that Dogs aren't supposed to have chocolate, or anything to do with cocoa, so the mulch is in that family. The mfg companies should put something in the mulch that would repel the dogs, IMHO.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:10 AM
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So sad. Glad you are able to warn other pet owners.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the warning ! I think it should be taken off the market !!
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:29 AM
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Isn't that awful??
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for posting!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:59 AM
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Passed it on to everyone in my address book!!
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:42 PM
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http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp

Here is some info on this from snopes, which they deem "partly true" but the information they provide is interesting.
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Thank-you for the info....passed it along.
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