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My friend's dog ate a fair amount of swiss miss hot

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Hi. My friend's dog...

Hi. My friend's dog ate a fair amount of swiss miss hot chocolate powder He is a 20 pound Springer spaniel puppy She's wondering what to do.

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?

Zephyr She isn't seeing any symptoms

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the puppy?

Nothing else. The puppy is 5 months She's estimating the amount consumed now

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. Please let me know the estimate of how much was swallowed.

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

Hello again,

I know your friend must be very concerned so I have worked out a provisional answer for you in the meantime ...

Good news, if this was a one-ounce pack then I very much doubt if this incident is going to adversely affect Zephyr very much even if he ate the lot, 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. Zephyr may perhaps suffer a mild transient bout of vomiting and /or diarrhoea but that is about the worst you might expect, and even that may well not occur. But let's 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 Zephyr's weight as being in the region of 20 lb then you can see that your dog would have to swallow around 14 ozs { Close one pound } of pure milk chocolate before any symptoms would even start to occur. While it is true that other forms of chocolate can be more toxic than milk chocolate this is not likely to be a factor in your case since the main ingredients in Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate powder are in fact sugar, corn syrup, modified whey.

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

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Dr Scott
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