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My 15 pound pug who is diabetic ate a large hand full of

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My 15 pound pug who is diabetic ate a large hand full of dark chocolate covered peanuts. I enduceed vomiting with peroxide,and she threw up a lot, should I repeat it. She wants to drink a lot of water, do I let her
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long ago did she eat the nuts?

How long after eating did you make her vomit?

Did she bring up much of this?

Can she keep water down if she drinks?

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hi again,

I have not heard back from you but do want to leave my thoughts about Maddie .

First, I would note that there is thankfully very little chocolate on our chocolate covered nuts. So, while a large volume could cause pancreatitis issues due to the nut fat content, the chocolate toxicity with just a handful (~1oz) is low for a dog her size. Therefore, while we could see GI upset (appetite loss, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea), we are unlikely to see any of our more severe signs.

With this all in mind, with the dose she has had, we don’t need to induce any more vomiting. Instead, we want to work to soothe that stomach. So, if she can keep water down, she is allowed to have small drinks at this stage.

Otherwise, if she seems a bit nauseous, then we may need to rest her stomach and treat with an antacid. Pet safe options we could use are Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food (to allow absorption) and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any other pre-existing health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned

Finally, to just counter that upset, we can put her on a light diet for a few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled.

Overall, this isn’t actually a dose of chocolate that we’d expect harm with. We’d only be concerned about possible stomach upset. Therefore, we don’t’ need to push her to vomit any more and instead just want to take steps to settle her stomach.

All the best and happy holidays,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Maddie. How is everything going?
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