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My 70 pound lab ate a half pound of dark chocolate coated coffee beans. I got home at 10 PM, probably 2-3 hours after he ate them. I gave him a hydrogen peroxide and water mixture and he threw up what appears to be most if not all of the beans. While the beans were not now covered by chocolate, the vomit was mostly medium brown in color and the... Read full answer
My 70 pound lab ate a half pound of dark chocolate coated coffee beans. I got home at 10 PM, probably 2-3 hours after he ate them. I gave him a hydrogen peroxide and water mixture and he threw up what appears to be most if not all of the beans. While the beans were not now covered by chocolate, the vomit was mostly medium brown in color and the last couple of times he was throwing up the dinner kibble he had eaten 1-2 hours before the coffee beans with only a few beans. I tried to locate activated charcoal at CVS or the Wal Mart pharmacy to give to him to help absorb any remaining toxins but did not have any. What I did find in the pet section for aquariums was a container of activated Charcoal/carbon for fish tank water filters made by Aqua-Tech. The charcoal is in a small pellet form the size of mouse and rat scat. Will this aquarium activated charcoal work and if yes, what would the recommended dose be and the best way to get my lab to ingest it.
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Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.

Is Beau currently vomiting at this point? If not when is the last time that he vomited?

Was the dark chocolate on the coffee beans regular dark chocolate or a higher level or cacao then normal?
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He is not vomiting at this point and appears to be acting normal. Not hyperactive either. The last time he vomited was an hour to 1 1/4 hours ago. The chocolate was dark chocolate, not milk chocolate and I think it would be the 60% dark level as I have bought other chocolate items from the shop and this seemed similar to it.
Thanks for the additional information.

So far you have done a very good job in helping Beau. Making him vomit was perfect and sounds like he was able to get the beans out which will prevent a lot of potential bad side effects. As you know dark chocolate can be toxic to dogs also as it is much more toxic then milk chocolate. The good news is that a 70 pound dog would need to eat about 10-13 ounces of dark chocolate to potentially see any risks of chocolate toxicity. Since the beans and chocolate together weighed about 8 ounces (which means the amount of dark chocolate was even lower, he really is not at risk of developing any severe signs of chocolate toxicity tonight.

If you still wanted to give Beau some activated charcoal then I would typically recommend giving him the "food grade" charcoal that is available in a capsule or liquid form. I understand that you were not able to fine that which can be frustrating. I would not recommend giving him the Fish charcoal as this may have been processed differently then the food grade and may have not be as safe for him tonight. Since he has not eaten a toxic dose of the chocolate, it is not worth the risk with the fish charcoal.

At this time he still could have some side effects since he may have absorbed some of the chocolate though the side effects would be more due to his stomach and intestines not being used to digesting this type of food not from a toxicity. The best way to help him with that would be to feed him a bland food such as boiled ground beef and rice over the next 2-3 days to allow his stomach time to settle down.

Overall he really should be fine as making him vomit was the best way to help him!

Hope this helps to answer your question - if not or if you have any more questions please feel free to reply by clicking on the "reply to" button. Thank you for your question!
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Hi Dudley,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Beau. How is everything going?

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