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Re: Cocoa bean mulch & pets


Good info Theresa - thanks.  I use cedar mulch, but others might use this!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: TeichFlora@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 30 Jul 2003 06:36:37 EDT

>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 , 
><A
>HREF="http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/radio/more/qa_071503.html";>
>
>    http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/radio/more/qa_071503.html</A>
>
>
>
>Noreen
>zone 9
>Texas Gulf Coast
>
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A



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