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My dog ate a 6oz box of English Butter Toffee she weights 35

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my dog ate a 6oz box of English Butter Toffee she weights 35 lbs. Should I be worried and would exercise be good for her. She likes to run and fetch her ball
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

Can you please tell me:

- Is there any chocolate or xylitol (sugar free) in the toffee?
- How long ago was the ingestion?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

From the ingredients I read online it is coated in a dark chocolate, no?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

I am sorry I cannot help with a phone call. The states/province I am licensed in do not allow me to communicate via phone calls, unless I have previously physically examined a pet. I could lose my license for doing so. If you would like I can opt out and see if there is another veterinarian that can make calls.

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

If my calculations are correct (50% dark chocolate, 3 ounces) with this ingestion, you may see mild to moderate symptoms which can include

  • Vomiting
  • GI Upset
  • Hyper Tension
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness

If your dog ingested this within the last hour then you can induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds (i.e. 1 tbsp) then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.

If there is no vomiting induced, tonight please be monitoring for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, increased excitement, water intake increase, muscle tremors, lethargy

If you see muscle tremors, vomiting is not subsiding, or hyper excitability then please consider a veterinary er because these can be issues with chocolate toxicity. But if you see gi upset only then this should pass within the next 24 hours

Typically chocolate toxicity symptoms peak at 4-6 hours so if you pass this mark without symptoms then he should be just fine but taking a few precautions tonight:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days
- Leash walks to help the chocolate pass more readily of >15 minutes
- Tomorrow bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken in small more frequent meals but waiting at least 12 hours after vomiting has subsided if he shows this symptom

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know who else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

I am online another 10 minutes before having to return to see patients today for a bit. Can I assist with any additional questions or clarify anything today?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

Good morning, I wanted to check in on Sweetie to see if she is doing well after ingesting the toffeee yesterday? I would love an update when you are able...

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.
Hi Jane,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Sweetie. How is everything going?

Dr. Altman