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my dog is 20 lbs and ate at least 1/2 a box of brown sugar

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my dog is 20 lbs and ate at least 1/2 a box of brown sugar less than 2 hours ago. Should I give her Hydrogen peroxide to vomit?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

We know she must have eaten the sugar sometime between 11:30 pm and now (1: 53 am)

Hello again Nell and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you, please read it through and see what you think ...

1. Sugar is not toxic in any way to dogs so this incident is unlikely to affect your dog too much, in this sort of situation there is nothing you need do. Usually the worst you can expect { If anything } is a mild transient gastro-enteritis from this unaccustomed treat. If this occurs the chance are it will pass on it's own without treatment. In fact many dogs would not show any symptoms or suffer any side effects anyway.

2. Of course the botXXXXX XXXXXne is that if any odd symptoms occur or you become further concerned you should have your vet check her over just to be on the safe side. But as I say this would be unlikely.

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I'm mostly concerned about the quantity of sugar she ate - probably less than 16 oz but still quite a bit. My dog is not diabetic, but can it cause her to have too much sugar in her blood and create a diabetic -like coma?

Hello again,

Glad to talk this over with you further.

As long as she is otherwise healthy then this sort of incident should not affect here to much, her body should be able to metabolise this sugar without problem. Consider human infants who is given to chance will consume any amount of sugar.

You have no worried on the diabetes score, diabetic comas are caused by too low blood sugar no high levels. This is a one off incident which should not affect her long term in any way.


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Hello again Nell,

Just a short note to thank you very much for the good rating and bonus, this is very much appreciated. I will get back in touch with you in a few days to check on your dog's progress.

Kindest regards,


Hello again Nell,

I am just getting back in touch to see how your dog is getting on.

How are things going at present?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.
She is doing well, thank you. We are going to have to increase our walks though because she seems to have added a few pounds since this incident.

Thank you for following up,

Hello again,

Thanks very much for the update, I thought she would be fine!



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