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My 35 pound Cavalier just got into a bag of Christmas

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My 35 pound Cavalier...

My 35 pound Cavalier just got into a bag of Christmas cookies. He ate several of the kind with mini peanut butter cups. I want to know if I need to take him to the vet,

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

Oliver and he is 5.

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

He is healthy and has no medical problems.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Luckily there shouldn't be enough chocolate in these to be of concern but you may see gi upset as a result of the ingestion. Regardless,

you may see 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 tbsp) 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 again I strongly suspect you won't see any issues or simple gi upset which 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 your dog should be just fine but taking a few precautions tonight:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days (10 mg tablet)
- 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 this symptom is seen

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

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses

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

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