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Just ate 5 0z, box of chocolates, is she in trouble?

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Just ate 5 0z, box of chocolates, is she in trouble?
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: Cockapoo Sophie, 20 mos. 22 pounds
JA: How old is Sophie?
Customer: 20 months
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sophie?
Customer: no, healthy otherwise
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 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 4 months ago.

Can you please tell me what type of chocolate (filled, milk, dark, white, etc)? and whether there was wrapping?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

If this was milk chocolate, 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. 2 tsp) 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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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
milk chocolate cherry filled
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

As long as they were not sugar free you should be just fine. I would be inclined to still induce vomiting but <50% of the 5 ounces is going to be chocolate. If they did contain xylitol or were sugar free there is more cause for concern however

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today, I am signing off for the night in just a few moments...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

Alright, best of luck to you both tonight. It sounds like you have a handle on things. I will check in tomorrow to ensure you have no additional questions

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

Good afternoon, I wanted to check in on Sophie to see how she did after you asked your question yesterday? Were you able to induce vomiting? I would love an update when you are able

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