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Cocoa bean mulch & pets


Got this in a recent email.....thought it might be of interest to some pet 
owners:

An e-mail rumor/urban legend has resurfaced warning pet owners to avoid 
using cocoa beans as mulch. This rumor, apparently, has teeth. Although 
incidences of poisoning are infrequent, they do exist. The fatal ingredient 
in the mulch is theobromine. Actually, theobromine is found in the cocoa 
bean, but enough leaches into the shell to cause problems. Most pets do not 
ingest enough to be harmed, but some love the taste and eat enough to kill 
them. There are several vet sites online discussing the issue. Here are a 
couple: http://www.parkvets.com/clientinformation-cocoamulch.html , 
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Noreen
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

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