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What should I do if my dog (14 year old male dachshund 14 pounds)ate

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What should I do if my dog (14 year old male dachshund 14 pounds)ate three pieces of chocolate? He is whining, in apparent pain, blown up and trying to throw up. He is drinking water but is miserable. I know it is poison to his system, what can I do to help him?

Marcia

Berkeley, CA
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

Dr. Altman :

Can you please give me an approximation of the size of each piece, what type of chocolate (milk, dark, white), and how long ago he ingested the chocolate?

Dr. Altman :

Size in approximate ounces would be great and whether they are pure chocolate or filled with anything

Dr. Altman :

In order to see mild signs of chocolate toxicity that you are describing then it would require 2 ounces of chocolate total to be ingested

Customer:

Mini Halloween candies. A nestle crunch, Hershey milk chocolate bar, and butterfinger. Ounces, not sure.

Dr. Altman :

OK do you have the wrappers?

Dr. Altman :

Or any intact wrappers

Dr. Altman :

It's good because a few of those are not pure chocolate, only the hershey's

Customer:

My husband is looking for it in the garbage. I would say about35 oz each .

Dr. Altman :

So an assortment bag of 250 pieces is 76 ounces

Dr. Altman :

So that would mean about 0.3 ounces each as you mentioned

Dr. Altman :

Three pieces is 1.2 ounces (if pure chocolate, less since they have other ingredients) so it should not cause more than gi upset

Dr. Altman :

How long ago did he ingest them?

Customer:

I would say so. I was not home, my husband said he ate three, possible one was a bite size Babe Ruth.

Customer:

about 3 hours ago.

Dr. Altman :

Do you have any 3% hydrogen peroxide at home

Dr. Altman :

If it has been three hours then likely it has already left the stomach and inducing vomiting will not help at all

Customer:

Maybe. Going to look.

Dr. Altman :

Please remove the water, this is a sign of chocolate ingestion and can indicate progressive signs

Dr. Altman :

Does Riley have a heart condition at all?

Customer:

Not aware of. But possibly. He was vaccinated by mistake by my vet with all shots, rabies etc. twice in 11 months and has had side affects from that.

Customer:

Husband looking for peroxide

Dr. Altman :

Your vet would have mentioned a heart murmur or condition. This would be unrelated to vaccination errors

Dr. Altman :

If he is retching without success his stomach is empty and inducing vomiting would not be helpful

Dr. Altman :

Can he rest at all? Or is he pacing/ anxious

Customer:

pacing. not throwing up anything but clear liquid and mucus. He seems to be in labored breathing.

Dr. Altman :

Do you have a veterinary er in your area? It might require some injectable medications to calm his discomfort at this point

Dr. Altman :

After approximately an hour the chocolate has been metabolized and is causing his gi distress

Customer:

will look for emergency hospital opened on Sunday night.

Dr. Altman :

You can call your regular vet clinic

Dr. Altman :

Often on their voice mail they will list "who to call in case of emergency"

Customer:

it is across the Bay where I also know where the emergency hospital is. About 45-50 minutes away

Dr. Altman :

Unfortunately I would advise it if that is your only option because I would not expect him to see improvement for a 4 hour window

Customer:

I am not in my local area. looking on line now

Dr. Altman :

You can also look up a local vet clinic and call their voice mail

Customer:

Will do.

Dr. Altman :

Would you like me to wait with you until you find someone?

Customer:

We are trying to call. I guess there is nothing else you can do. what kind of meds would they give him?

Dr. Altman :

IV fluids to flush out the remaining chocolate from his system, injectable anti nausea medication, injectable sedatives to reduce the blood pressure and heart rate side effects

Dr. Altman :

You both will be in my thoughts this evening, so sorry he is having this severe reaction

Dr. Altman :

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance

Customer:

thank you. we are calling a place now. how long does this stay in his system

Dr. Altman :

Commonly maximum levels in 4-6 hours after ingestion

Dr. Altman :

Good luck to you both, truly

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