Is it bad that my dog ate red velvet cake?

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Q: My dog -- a female Bassett hound -- ate an entire red velvet cake 8 or 9 hours ago. She seems no worse for the wear. Should I be worried?

A: While I cannot diagnose the problem over the Internet, I can make the following comments:

1- The situation here is that if symptoms were going to occur, then the chances are they would have done so well before now. So it looks like you do not have anything to worry about.

2- The main worry with dogs and cakes is the chocolate content. I have looked at some recipes online for red velvet cake, and usually this would be low so it shouldn't be a problem. You may see a minor transient gastroenteritis because of the sudden intake of sweet, rich food.

3- Of course you should keep an eye on your dog and if any odd symptoms appear then you should contact your vet without delay. This would be unlikely, though.
-- Answer from Scott Nimmo, veterinarian on JustAnswer.

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