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My dog ate a chocolate bar -- what do I do first? Hucky.

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My dog ate a chocolate bar -- what do I do first?

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

Hucky

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Puppy, 6 months old

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 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 many minutes or hours ago } ?

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

3. How many ounces was the bar in weight? and was it milk or dark chocolate.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
It happened just about 20 minutes ago. He's around 25 pounds, I think. It was dark chocolate, 3 oz bar, he ate most of it
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Forget it - I'm calling the emergency vet
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

just typing up your answer now , please stand by for a few more minutes ...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello again,

I have worked out an answer for you below ...

Good news, I very much doubt if this incident is going to adversely affect your dog 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. But lets talk things over in more depth ...

1. The rule of thumb which I apply is that with dark chocolate mild signs of toxicity can occur when 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight is ingested. Severe signs occur when 1 ounce per pound of body weight is swallowed. If you estimate your dog's weight as being in the region of 25 lb then you can see that your dog would have to swallow around 7.5 ozs { close to one half pound } of pure dark chocolate before any symptoms would even start to occur. So really 3 oz is not going to affect him much, the chances are he will be just fine.

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 dog's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
thanks anyway... this is not a good way to communicate in an emergency. I won't try it again.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello again,

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

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

Regards,

Dr Scott
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