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My dog ate 1/4 pound of chocolate covered expresso beans. We gave 2 doses of hydrogen peroxide and she still wont throw up, what do i do???

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
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My dog ate 1/4 pound of chocolate covered expresso beans. We gave 2 doses of hydrogen peroxide and she still wont throw up, what do i do???

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

Bailey and 4 years old , 14 lb jack russel

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about russel?

I dont think so, im very scared. Shes not acting weird but k keep readimg about how toxic the coffee is for dogs and im worried

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

I am sorry to hear that Bailey ingested 1/4 pound of chocolate covered espresso beans and has not vomited despite giving her peroxide.

Since she hasn't vomited I would get her to an emergency clinic to induce vomiting and have them give activated charcoal to absorb the toxin. Caffeine in dogs is highly toxic to the heart.

And the other issue is chocolate toxicity on top of that, as chocolate is another stimulant.

If she vomits all of the beans in the car on the way you can try observation at home. Once she clears her stomach to try and settle her stomach tonight after she vomits you can give either:

1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one quarter of a 20mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and should help settle her stomach.

Caffeine toxicity causes mild to severe hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, a very fast heart rate, high blood pressure, an irregular heart rhythm, tremors, an elevated body temperature, seizures, and collapse.

Treatment includes fluids to flush out the toxin, sedatives, heart medications to reduce the heart rate and blood pressure, anti-convulsants for seizures, antacids (such as Pepcid) for stomach discomfort and diarrhea. Caffeine may be reabsorbed across the bladder wall so a urinary catheter or getting them out to urinate frequently are needed to keep the bladder empty.

Even if she seems to vomit it all I would push fluids and get her outside to urinate often over the next 48 hours to reduce reabsorption.

A lethal dose of caffeine is considered to be around 70 mg per pound of body weight. Instant coffee (usually the least concentrated in caffeine) contains over 60 mg caffeine per teaspoon. The trouble is different types of coffee have varying amounts of caffeine, so we say no coffee is safe. Espresso beans in general tend to have the most caffeine.
But toxic effects are normally seen at 10% of a lethal dose (7mg per pound of body weight). So if she is 14 pounds I would consider 98mgs of caffeine a toxic amount.

Of course you need to worry about the chocolate too.

Given her small size and that she hasn't vomited an emergency clinic visit is needed.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

In short

you should not try to manage this at home, this is a dangerous toxicity.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

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