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She ate a 1" square of dark chocolate. She is a 10#

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She ate a 1" square of dark chocolate. She is a 10# ***** mix.

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 and age?

Gertie. she is 2.

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

She is spry and just went outside-urgently

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Can you approximate the ounces of the square ingested and how long ago this occurred?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

With this ingestion, if less than one ounce you may see mild to moderate symptoms which can include

  • Vomiting
  • GI Upset
  • Hyper Tension
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness

If your dog ingested this within the last hour then you can induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds (i.e. 1 tsp) then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.

If there is no vomiting induced, tonight please be monitoring for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, increased excitement, water intake increase, muscle tremors, lethargy

If you see muscle tremors, vomiting is not subsiding, or hyper excitability then please consider a veterinary er because these can be issues with chocolate toxicity. But if you see gi upset only then this should pass within the next 24 hours

Typically chocolate toxicity symptoms peak at 4-6 hours so if you pass this mark without symptoms then she should be just fine but taking a few precautions tonight:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days
- Leash walks to help the chocolate pass more readily of >15 minutes
- Tomorrow bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken in small more frequent meals but waiting at least 12 hours after vomiting has subsided if she shows this symptom

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know who else I can assist you both today

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
She ate approximately 1/2 oz. She is now eating her dog food.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

1/2 ounce may produce mild signs of gastrointestinal upset +/- hyper-excitement. Please water intake only in moderation and you may not see signs for the first few hours but if you pass 6 hours without symptoms you likely will see none to potentially some vomiting/ diarrhea tomorrow but not the more toxic symptoms

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat with the stars at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am online another 10 minutes if I can assist you with any additional questions tonight

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Gertie to see if there were any issues with the chocolate ingestion? I would love an update when you are able

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat with the stars at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I read your response. By the time I received it she had already eaten all her dry dog food. She was a little hyper for a little while but that is her normal personality. She is fine. I emailed our vet and he said that wasn't enough to hurt her. Not particularly happy about this experience and it definitely wasn't worth $27 and not timely. Would not recommend this to anyone.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I apologize you were not happy with my response. I did response within 60 seconds of your question posting to the site and said once I the amount ingested was relayed it was unlikely to cause issues

I will send your question to customer service. I am glad your dog is doing well and good luck in the future

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