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Licked an icecream container that had stevia, xylitol and…

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Licked an icecream container...

Licked an icecream container that had stevia, xylitol and bitter chocolate as the ingredients. He is 90 pounds and 12 years old

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

Ben

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

The container was empty just licked dried remnants.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

1- How big was the container?

2- How long has it been since he licked?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
One pint. That I polished off last night.
Approximately 1/2 hour ago.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

1- Was there a lot of ice cream left?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No, just dried remnants on the side and bottom.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

So, you feel comfortable in saying that it was less than 1 oz?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
less than one ounce of icecream left. He had just eaten breakfast and I got him to drink about 8 oz of water as well.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Friend, stevia is not toxic to dogs. The main concern is the Xylitol which can cause hypoglycemia or liver problems and the chocolate which can cause gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea or systemic symptoms like muscle tremors, hyperactivity, seizures, cardiac arrhythmias, etc. Both, the xylitol and chocolate toxicity are very dependent on the amount consumed and weight of the dog. In this case, it is highly unlikely that there would be enough xylitol or chocolate in a dry container of 1 pint of ice cream to be toxic or life-threatening to a 90 lbs dog. I would just observe him; symptoms that would require a vet visit are profound lethargy or hyperactivity, muscle tremors, vomiting, anorexia, etc.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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