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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My 8 week old puppy drank my daughters hot choc and she's

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My 8 week old puppy drank my daughters hot choc and she's been sick all day won't eat her food and now she throwing up bile I don't no what to do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The hot chocolate contains theobromine - a xanthine derivative similar to caffeine which can cause vomiting and agitation. It's too late to induce emesis but activated charcoal can be administered by Tilly's vet after Tilly is administered an antiemetic by needle. The activated charcoal can adsorb any remaining theobromine in Tilly's GI tract. If no treatment is provided Tilly may continue to vomit for up to 24 hours. The half-life of theobromine is quite long at 17.5 hours.

Tilly needs to be fasted for up to 12 hours. You can see if she can retain an infant fluid/electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte but you won't be able to replace her entire fluid deficit orally. Supplemental fluids designed to replace those lost in her vomitus are best given by needle as well.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.