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My 20 pound schoodle ate a large 3.5 ounce dark chocolate bar..he

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my 20 pound schoodle ate a large 3.5 ounce dark chocolate bar..he seems ok except a little hyper and breathing slightly heavier/. should he go to ER?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!Unfortunately this can be a moderate to severe reaction with his size and the amount ingested (57.8 mg/kg of methylxanthines which is what theobromine is and makes chocolate toxic to dogs) This can include mild signs of vomiting, diarrhea; moderate signs of muscle tremors, increased water intake, increased excitability, to serious signs of high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, even deathWith the amount ingested it can take 4 hours to see full effects so I would strongly urge a veterinary er tonight to monitor his heart rate, ensure there are no arrhythmias, and iv fluids to flush out the chocolate from his system. In addition, they can give him medications to reduce the hyperactivity and treat any other new signs that can develop.Unfortunately as you likely already know dark chocolate is much more toxic than milk chocolate. If this were milk chocolate I would advise monitoring but dark chocolate and the quantity I would take seriously and have him monitored tonight at a veterinary er. I don't say it lightly but do advise it in this situationI hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks!If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. Altman..." or "Dogdoc4u..." and others will leave the questions for me. Good luck to you both!!!
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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