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My dog ate dark chocolate candy about 3 hours ago. he is vomiting and has some diarrhea. she weighs about 15 #, mixed breed, white and fluffy.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

She is about 2 years old and her name is*****: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Buffy?

She is current on her shots including a flu shot. is usually very healthy and active. Her vet is closed and I cannot afford to take her to the emergency vet.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello, my name is***** thank you for your question. I am a fully qualified vet from the UK and have spent the last thirty years or so treating dogs, cats, and smaller pets. I will be very glad to help you today, please allow me ten minutes or so to review your question and type things up, I will then get straight back to you.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 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. Roughly how many ounces of dark chocolate did Buffy eat?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
maybe 5-7 oz.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
5-7 oz.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Got it, typing out your answer now ...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 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 Buffy very much, while this was an overdose it was a very minor one, with this amount of dark chocolate all you might expect to see would be a mild transient bout of vomiting and/or diarrhoea and then recover after few hours. It is now too late to try and recover the chocolate by inducing vomiting so best just observe her for now. But let's talk things over in more depth ...

1. The rule of thumb which I apply is that with dark semi-sweet 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 Buffy's weight as being in the region of 15 lb then you can see that she would have to swallow around 4.5 ozs { More than one pound } of pure milk chocolate before any symptoms would appear. So 5 - 7 ounces is an overdose, but things could be worse.

2. Here is some more info.

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 unlikely event that Buffy's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Buffy is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the dark chocolate candy issue ...

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

Regards,

Dr Scott
I hope you have found my advice useful. Please now be kind enough to rate my service to you by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen, such feedback greatly helps me maintain the quality of my answers. Rating me now does not close your question, we can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box to get back to me at any point. Many thanks ...

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

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

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