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She got into my suitcase and ate about 18 oz of fudge. She

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She got into my suitcase and ate about 18 oz of fudge. She weight 20 lbs and has eliminated most of it
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Stella and weights 20 lbs
JA: How old is Stella?
Customer: 14 months
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Stella?
Customer: That her mother made a bad mistake! She is drinking a lot now.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 2 months ago.

Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your pet Stella ingested a large amount of fudge. This amount sounds like it could be toxic but give me a few moments to calculate this. I will be back momentarily with further instructions on how to care for Stella.

Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 2 months ago.

This is a severe amount of chocolate ingestion for a pet this size. I highly recommend taking Stella to your local ER vet right away. This level of chocolate ingestion can cause death and is considered extremely toxic.

I understand that she may have vomited up most of it, but during vomiting only 60% of the stomach contents at most are brought back up, so there could still be a considerable amount still in her stomach and she requires additional treatment (i.e. activated charcoal +/- fluid therapy and supportive care). Symptoms of chocolate intoxication can take several hours to develop and can last for up to 12-24 hrs. I really hope that Stella will be ok.

- Dr. H

Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 1 month ago.

Hello again I am checking back in with you and Stella. I sure hope that you got her medical treatment and wanted to know how she was doing. Feel free to update me on her status at your convenience. Thank you.

- Dr. H