Cacao bean shell poisoning in a dog
by
Drolet R, Arendt TD, Stowe CM
J Am Vet Med Assoc 1984 Oct 15; 185(8):902


ABSTRACT

Cacao bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog, which 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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