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    Toxic Mulch

    Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large h elping. 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 website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

    Cocoa Mulch is manufactured b y 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.'

    This 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 like 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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    Very sad. I believe we can expect to see reports of this in the national news before long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Beland View Post
    PLEASE GIVE THIS THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION!!!
    Um, actually, people have been using this mulch for many, many years. *I* wouldn't use it, because I'm cheap, and such things are often pretty expensive. Based on that alone, I'll stick with shredded bark and cow manure...

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    (ps. if you want to worry about an actual problem, be wary of using the sawdust from your shop... especially exotics... and even walnut dust.

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    hey bill, yu mean the walnut that i am gonn ause for some end tables is gonna make me a built in tan
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    I don't know about the tan Larry, but horses standing on wet walnut shavings causes founder (seperation of the sole of the hoof and hoof wall) due to toxicity in the shavings. Green cherry leaves don't bother them, but wilted or dead cherry leaves are also highly toxic to horses. Oak leaves on the other hand make horses stagger as if drunk, never had one die but sure was weird seeing the horses leaning against the barn with their legs crossed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Beland View Post
    PLEASE GIVE THIS THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION!!!
    This is nothing more than a rehash of an old internet chain mail from as far back as 2003. While there's a grain of truth in it, it's really not a problem. Read the rest of the snoops page...

    Mike

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    I agree it's good information to know (I've got three bark-eating dogs sitting next to me as I type), but I also agree with Mike...this is Internet chain mail material. Note that the original (2003) version says "Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks", so I have to wonder about the "Last weekend" aspects of the original post. I don't fault Chuck for posting it (good info, as I said), but it's not anything real new or suddenly urgent.
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