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My Chihuahua ate a small piece of caramel covered in chocolate.

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My Chihuahua ate a small piece of caramel covered in chocolate. In less than a minute I gave him Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with Peanut butter to make him vomit, which he did the first upheaval was a lot and I could see some caramel and what looked dark, like chocolate. He continued to throw up until he was just throwing up what looked like bile. He's acting 100% normal. Can you tell me damage chocolate causes, and what of anything I should be looking for?? Or do you think I caught it quick enough?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
Luckily it sounds like you were very proactive in removing the chocolate from his system and he should be just fine but below are the clinical signs to monitor for with chocolate intake along with a chocolate scale to enter his weight and the amount ingested so you have an idea of risks if there is anything still in his stomach.
This article lists signs associated with chocolate toxicity which can vary depending on the amount ingested:
Mild signs include vomiting and diarrhea
Moderate signs include restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle twitching, increased urination and possibly excessive panting.
More severe signs include increased heart rate and blood pressure levels may also be increased. Seizure activity may occur in most severe cases.
Here is the link to the chocolate toxicity meter:
With him vomiting a large portion of what was likely ingested there is a high probability that you will not see any ill effects at all but I definitely agree that knowing what to monitor for in case there are any complications from the ingestion.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
I hope Peanut is doing alright. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today! I am on-line another 15 minutes tonight if you have any additional questions or concerns
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