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Dog ate a whole chocolate cake between earlier today

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Dog ate a whole chocolate cake between earlier today
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

But before I can start I need a little more information to make things clearer to me, so could you please confirm the following :

1. How long ago did this happen { How minutes or hours ago } ?

2. How much does your dog weigh { In pounds } ?

3. What adverse symptoms is your dog showing at present ?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
It was dark chocolate cake and frosting and dog weighs about 125 and is panting otherwise fine
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
looks really thirsty
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Sorry I am not in your time zone, how many hours or minute ago was that ...

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
10 hours ago
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
10 to 12 hours
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Thanks for that, typing out your answer now ...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello again,

The fact you have such a large dog is very much a plus point in this type of situation, however I have worked out an answer for you below ...

Good news, I very much doubt if this incident is going to adversely affect Kane very much, in fact there are no special measures you need take other than just keeping an eye on him. While chocolate can be toxic to dogs under certain circumstances they have to eat quite a lot, probably very much more than your dog ate before you would see signs of toxicity. Another factor is that with chocolate toxicity things are usually as bad as they are going to get round about four hour mark after ingestion. He may well be thirsty for a day and it is possible that he might suffer a mild transient bout of vomiting and / or diarrhoea over the next few days, but I would not expect worse than that, and certainly no chance of long term side effects. But lets talk things over in more depth ...

1. The rule of thumb which I apply is that with milk chocolate mild signs of toxicity can occur when 0.7 ounces per pound of body weight is ingested. Severe signs occur when 2 ounces per pound of body weight is swallowed. If you estimate your dog's weight as being in the region of 125 lb then you can see that your dog would have to swallow around 87 ozs { More than five pounds } of pure milk chocolate before any symptoms would even start to occur. While it is true that other forms of chcolate can be more toxic than milk chocolate this is still not likley to be a factor of concern to to a large dog like Kane.

2. I am telling you the following just for your information as your dog ate so little you need not do anything and need not be concerned.

The symptoms of chocolate poisoning would include vomiting and diarrhoea as well as frequent urination, and restlessness in the early stages. This can then progress to cardiac dysfunction, tremors and fits. Of course you should call your vet without delay if any symptoms appear.

Having said that most dogs with chocolate poisoning will recover within 24 to 48 hours, particularly if serious symptoms do not occur. There is no specific treatment for chocolate poisoning only symptomatic treatment.

3. Here is a link to a very accurate article on chocolate toxicity in the dog, follow this and you can check the accuracy of my advice and read more on the subject : LINK

4. But in any case I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me in the very unlikely event that Kane's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Kane is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the chocolate cake incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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