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Puppy(20lbs) ate entire 12oz bag of semi sweet choc chips.

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Puppy(20lbs) ate entire 12oz...

Puppy(20lbs) ate entire 12oz bag of semi sweet choc chips

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

Moosie. A choc lab

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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How many hours ago did he have these?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Good, I am glad this only just has happened as Moosie won't have yet absorbed much. But we do need to act fast here as this is a severe dose which could cause GI upset (vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss) but also potentially lead to changes to the heart/breathing rates, tremors, seizures.

Given our time frame, we have a few options. First, we'd be best to induce vomiting now. To induce vomiting at home, you can administer 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster – we just want to get it in. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get your wee one walking about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing your local vet (or ER vet) so that apomorphine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

As well or alternatively, you can also consider administering activated charcoal to Moosie. This is available over the counter from the pharmacy (ask for the high strength version, not the one for gas) and works by binding any remaining material in the stomach. For activated charcoal, we tend to give 1-4 grams per pound every 8 hrs. This can be mixed with food to be fed or with water to syringe feed (do note that it stains, so keep it away from white carpets/clothes). This will just limit how much is absorbed and reduce the intoxication risk here.

Finally, after the above, we do want to try to address any potential GI upset here for the next 24-48 hours. To do so, you can consider offering a light diet option for a few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled.

Further to this, if we see any nausea, we can also treat with an antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). Whichever you use, we'd give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption and of course double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Overall this is a severe dose he has had. So, we need to act fast before he can absorb any of this. Therefore, start the above now else we'd want his local vet to see him to induce vomiting for us +/- give fluids to offset any risk here.

In this situation, just in case you do wish to see an ER vet, you can check @ http://www.vetlocator.com/ or https://www.veccs.org/facility-directory/

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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