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Name: Robert Jourdain
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fishscales
Apr 26, 2016 2:03 PM CST
Thank you but why keep cocoa mulch away from dogs Confused
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porkpal
Apr 26, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Cocoa, as in chocolate? Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Apparently the mulch contains the same toxin.
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plantladylin
Apr 26, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Found this when googling for Cocoa Mulch:
http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2010/04/29/health-and-fam...
http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp
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Xeramtheum
Apr 26, 2016 3:43 PM CST
Snopes .. proceed with caution. The site is a 'mom & pop' organization with no oversight at all so please don't think Snopes is the last word on anything.

That said, theobromine is definitely not good for our pawsome friends.
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robertduval14
Apr 26, 2016 4:16 PM CST

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http://www.petmd.com/dog/chocolate-toxicity
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/201...
http://www.poison.org/articles/2012-jun/cocoa-bean-mulch-can...

Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 27, 2016 7:16 AM CST
Xeramtheum said:Snopes .. proceed with caution. The site is a 'mom & pop' organization with no oversight at all so please don't think Snopes is the last word on anything.

That said, theobromine is definitely good for our pawsome friends.


Anne -- did you mean to say "is definitely not good..." ? (or am I misunderstanding something?)

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Xeramtheum
Apr 27, 2016 10:13 AM CST
Oops .. you're right Sandy! Thanks for the heads up!
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2016 11:13 AM CST
Another thought, since I hadn't heard of Cocoa mulch at all before, are we sure it isn't Coco, as in coconut husks ground up? That seems much more likely as it's a commonly available garden product and would not be harmful to dogs.

What part of the Cocoa making process produces mulch? The husks of the fruit? Are we importing it from Brazil or Africa or what? It doesn't seem like it would be economically feasible. Shrug!
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greene
Apr 27, 2016 11:22 AM CST
http://www.doggienanny.com/news-articles/dangers-of-mulch.ht...

Cocoa Mulch sold at Home Depot:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/4-qt-Cocoa-Shell-Mulch-Resealable...

From the Greyhound Friends:
http://www.greyhoundfriendsnj.org/info/display?PageID=8701

Sold at True Value Hardware; origin of product: United States.
http://www.idealtruevalue.com/store/p/164012-Blommer-2-CUFT-...

Explains that the product is from Hershey - the chocolate people:
http://www.examiner.com/article/hershey-s-sweet-smelling-coc...
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jvdubb
Apr 27, 2016 11:36 AM CST
My neighbor uses cocoa mulch. It is very attractive and oh how delicious it smells when they first put it down. But I have to be very careful to keep my dogs from going over there.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2016 12:51 PM CST
Ah, that's really neat. Well I clicked on the Home Depot link and it says "this product is not available at your store" so maybe that's why I haven't seen it. Perhaps it's only commonly in stores in the North East? Much as I'd love a yard that smelled like chocolate, or cocoa I also have a cat that goes outdoors, so I couldn't use it either.

Down here in FL the "environmentally correct" mulch to use is Florimulch made out of the melaleuca tree, which is an invasive and makes a terrific mulch that has tea tree oil in it. It is naturally repellent to insects, specifically termites.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 27, 2016 2:31 PM CST
I love the way tea tree oil smells -- I wish I could get that Florimulch up here!

Otherwise... shredded cedar bark (white cedar) is my mulch of choice -- and locally produced Smiling
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Leftwood
Apr 27, 2016 3:24 PM CST
I work at a Minnesota Home Depot, 19 years. We stopped selling cocoa bean mulch 13 years ago, despite the high customer demand. The HD link has no price, so it is not available anywhere, at least at this time. Note also that the product is a mere 4 quart bag, whereas it is usually sold in 2 cubic foot bags.
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 27, 2016 3:30 PM CST
Wish you could retitle this thread to Cocoa Mulch. Never heard of it but this is a very interesting thread.
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