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Five year old dachshund, 20 lbs, just ate a 1 inch by I inch

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Five year old dachshund, 20 lbs, just ate a 1 inch by I inch piece of chocolate. should I expect her to be sick? should in give her something to eat?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

What kind of chocolate was this?

What was the source of the chocolate?

How long ago was this ingestion?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
semi sweet fudge....the fudge was mainly sugar, evap. milk and choc, pieces the time she took the fudge from the napkin on the coffee table was about an hour and a half ago, no signs of discomfort. what should I be watching for?thanks, eva
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the information. In general, there is more of a concern with the toxicity in fudge compared to milk chocolate. A lot depends on how it is made. The more cocoa that it is made with, the more toxic it can be. I am not sure how many ounces a 1 in x 1 in piece would entail (that can also vary), but if it isn't more than 3 ounces, I wouldn't be too concerned. It is always necessary to monitor for signs of chocolate toxicity for at least 36 hours. If you notice any vomiting, bloody stool, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, restlessness, increased anxiety or tremors; then I would recommend seeking immediate veterinary attention. After 36 hours, if you haven't see any signs, then you most likely won't. It is possible that kidney problems can occur 3 days after eating chocolate, but you would most likely see some of the other symptoms of toxicity listed above. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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