dog ate choclate 3 hrs. ago
Type of Animal: dog
Name of Dog: luna
just watching her unable to reach vet
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1) How much does she weigh?
2) How much chocolate was ingested (ounces)?
3) What type of chocolate (Milk? Dark? white?)
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she weighs about 13 #, ate 4 pieces of mostly dark fancy choc. maybe 3 oz. she's beeen drinking water but is a little lethargic. no other signs i have no idea how to induce vomiting
Weight: normal;font-style: normal;font-variant: normal;text-decoration: none;">If she is 13 pounds and ate 3 ounces of dark chocolate, this is a toxic dose.General side effects of chocolate may include:- GI signs (vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite)- Increase thirst and urination- Tachycardia (fast heart rate) and hyperexcitability, high blood pressureEven though it was 3 hours ago, inducing vomiting may have some benefit.If you would like to try some at home care - to make your dog vomit at home (LINK HERE)- you can use hydrogen peroxide. The general dose is 5 mls/ 5 pounds- not to exceed 15mls (one teaspoon equals 5 cc or 5 ml).You can give a second dose in 15 minutes if the first dose does not work.If very concerned - you can consider going to the local ER. They likely have a medication (Apomorphine - LINK HERE) which causes vomiting in a much more reliable fashion - can then perform an examination - heart rate and blood pressure, and also administer activated charcoal to reduce side effects of ingestion and absorption.Common therapies to consider for stomach upset if seen include:1) A bland diet such as boiled chicken and rice (2/3 rice and 1/3 chicken).2) With diarrhea, higher fiber diets such as Hill’s W/D or even adding a fiber source such as bran or canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) to the normal diet to increase the fiber content to help firm up the stool.3) Famotidine (Pepcid A/C) - LINK HEREI hope this is helpful!!!If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask!Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPTFind me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevetYou can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please click the "GREEN ACCEPT" button if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for helping you. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated.This is necessary so that I can get credit for assisting you and compensated for my time.Once you click accept, your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if needed.Also remember, sometimes the medical information and recommendation may not be what you want to hear, but it is being made in the best interest of your pet - please be courteous in your response, even if this is not exactly what you wanted to hear - we are only making the best and safest possible recommendations for you and your loved ones.Please keep in mind that if you do not list all the important information above (medical history, current medications, previous illness, etc) it is harder for me to give you the most complete information.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.