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Our 60 lb Australian shepard ate a bag o dark chocolate with

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Customer: ***** *****, Our 60 lb Australian shepard ate a bag o dark chocolate with mixed nuts.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Roughly she ate a 3/4 lb bag of homemade dark chocolate w/pecans walnuts & cashews
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

How many ounces of those dark chocolate covered nuts was in 3/4 of a bag, please? A 60 lb dog would need to ingest approximately 20 ounces of solid dark chocolate to become intoxicated by the theobromine in chocolate. Theobromine is a xanthine derivative similar to caffeine which can cause vomiting, agitation, and tremors if ingested in sufficient quantity. Please also tell me if the dark chocolate were especially dark - 70-90% cocoa.