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My 38lb beagle-collie puppy *may* have been licking a

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Hi. My 38lb beagle-collie puppy *may* have been licking a plastic mug that was used for hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was already gone, but there's residue of the chocolatey froth around the rim.
If it happened, it was less than an hour ago, and I was sitting right here, so I don't think she could have had more than a few licks without my noticing. Should I make her vomit or should I just watch her? How worried should I be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 1 year ago.


My name is***** and I will be able to answer your question tonight. I have very good news for you-

The cocoa powder used for hot chocolate is usually very weak (Swiss Miss, Starbucks, etc), which means that it is minimally toxic. If your dog ate the entire box, this could cause problems, but a small portion of one packet is of no risk.

If you were drinking the fancy homemade Mexican hot chocolate, this is much more potent, and I would not allow your dog to have access to it. But if she only licked a residue off of a cup, even with the stronger product, she likely would have not ingested nearly enough to be toxic.

Things to watch for tonight-

vomiting or diarrhea

hyperactivity/pacing/heavy panting

If you don't see any of these signs, she did not receive enough chocolate to have toxicity and you can rest easy tonight.

Does this help? Do you have any more questions?

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Amanda