Cocoa mulch contains a chemical (theobromine) that can be harmful to pets!
Veterinarians have noted that cocoa mulch contains ingredients that could pose a health risk to dogs and other pets, that might be tempted to ingest it.
Cocoa mulch is a risk, especially to dogs said Dr. Larry Family of Aqueduct Animal hospital.
Found in most home garden centers, cocoa mulch is known for its fine
texture and the sweet smell of fresh mulch. But getting past the sent, Dr. Family
says cocoa mulch can be dangerous if a dog starts eating it. It contains two key ingredients found in chocolate: theobromine and caffeine. Similar to eating chocolate, he says a dog
that eats just a few ounces of cocoa mulch could start having stomach problems and it could get worse if it eats more. As time goes on they might act restless, excited and it could produce
tremors and seriously seizures, the vet explained. Puppies are even more at risk
because they are so curious.
So BEST to be on the side of caution and just avoided this type of mulch when
planting this spring. You can read more about this mulch at