Chemistry

Why Is Chocolate So Bad For Dogs?

January 20, 2016 | by Tom Hale

Photo credit: Ksenia Raykova/Shutterstock

It’s every dog owner's nightmare: entering the room to find a floor covered in candy wrappers and a overheated, panting dog with an explosive stomach.

But, while it’s fairly common knowledge that dogs and chocolate don’t mix, you probably don’t know much about the reason behind it. The American Chemical Society’s YouTube channel Reactions has recently released a video all about the science of dogs and their biological discord with chocolate.

The problem is all down to a molecule called theobromine. Check out the video, below, to learn all about this canine-kryptonite.

 

 

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