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My dog just ate 10 Andes mints. What should I do

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My dog just ate 10 Andes mints. What should I do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Can you please tell me how much your dog weighs? Thank you

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

And are these the smaller mints or the larger ones?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

One of these mints is 4.75 grams= 0.17 ounces so ten would be 1.7 ounces. This might not be an issue at all depending on your pet's weight, especially because 30%+ is not chocolate

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

If your dog is >15 pounds then you may see mild symptoms but very highly unlikely. This is based on 100% chocolate so 1.19 ounces of chocolate would be even less of an issue (70% of 1.7 ounces)

Tonight please be monitoring for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, increased excitement, water intake increase, muscle tremors, lethargy which can be indicators of chocolate toxicity but again highly unlikely if your dog is 15+ pounds

If you see muscle tremors, vomiting is not subsiding, or hyper excitability then please consider a veterinary er because these can be issues with chocolate toxicity. But if you see gi upset only then this should pass within the next 24 hours

Typically chocolate toxicity symptoms peak at 4-6 hours so if you pass this mark without symptoms then he should be just fine but taking a few precautions tonight:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days
- Leash walks to help the chocolate pass more readily of >15 minutes
- Tomorrow bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken in small more frequent meals but waiting at least 12 hours after vomiting has subsided if he shows this symptom

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know who else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am online another 30 minutes if I can be of any further assistance to you both tonight

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on your little dog after you asked your question yesterday? I would love an update when you are able!

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