Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am currently not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- We may be in different time zones, how many hours since he ate the chocolate?
2- How much does he weigh?
3- How many ounces of chocolate did he eat?
4- Type of chocolate (milk, dark, etc.)?
5- Any symptoms?
Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, 16 oz of dark chocolate could be fatal to a 75 lbs dog. Typically we begin to see symptoms within the first 4 hours of ingestion. I am surprise that you are not seeing any symptoms 8 hours post ingestion.
Unfortunately at this point there is nothing I can recommend for you to try at home that would have a significant therapeutic benefit. If you are certain he ate 16 oz of dark chocolate I would have him checked by ER veterinarian tonight to check his heart. You see, one of the possible outcome is cardiac arrhythmias that lead to cardiac arrest with a fatal outcome. For this reason it is best to be on the safe side and have him examined by ER vet.
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