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We are pet sitting a dog - around 40 Lbs that ate 12-15

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We are pet sitting a dog - around 40
Lbs that ate 12-15 small chocolate cookies made with semisweet chocolate chips-melted and in the dough.should we induce vomiting?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 8 months ago.

Hi there! My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question.

The toxicity of chocolate is judged by the amount of theobromine in it. Milk chocolate (like the kind in candy bars), contains 60 mg per ounce of theobromine. The toxic dose is one ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight. For example one pound of milk chocolate is poisonous to the nervous system of a 20-pound dog. If you figure it all out, it ends up being that it takes 2-3 chocolate bars to be toxic to a 10 pound dog.

Of course, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and the safest thing to do is to induce vomiting in your pup. Details on how to make that happen can be found here: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/how-to-induce-vomiting-emesis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

The best thing to do is give her some peroxide. Then adopt a watch and wait posture. The symptoms of chocolate toxicity include trembling, nervousness, shaking, increased heart rate, panting, and worse case scenario, seizures or death. Dogs that eat dark baker's chocolate squares are at most risk of seizing or dying from chocolate.

I hope this helps!

Expert:  Lisa replied 8 months ago.
Hi Khloe,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Sasha. How is everything going?
Lisa

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