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My labradoodle who weighs about 45 pounds ate a tasty cake

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My labradoodle who weighs about 45 pounds ate a tasty cake -its a 3 oz size on its own. Cocoa powder was on the list of ingredients after about 7-10 other ingredients first. Can this small of an amount be deadly. we went through this once before when he was a pup and ate a pan of brownie.. it was traumatic and very expensive we would like to avoid that if we can. what do you thin?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The theobromine in cocoa powder becomes toxic at approximately 1/16 of an ounce/lb of body weight or ~3 ounces of cocoa powder for your labradoodle. Because the entire cake only weighed 3 ounces, the most I'd expect is transient gastrointestinal distress - inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea - from ingesting such an unusual food. He wasn't intoxicated. There's no reason to induce emesis or treat in any manner. I might have a word with him, however.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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