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My 12 lb boston terrier just ate a 1.25 oz packet of Land O Lakes mint chocolate cocoa mix. the ingredients are sugar, non-fat dry milk, whey, coconut oil, cocoa processed with alkalai, Should we induce vomiting?

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?

Her name is ***** ***** she is 18 months old

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

She is in good health and does not seem to have any adverse effects yet

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

It sounds like cocoa is listed low on the ingredient list but it still makes me nervous as a powder formula in a dog as small as your Cricket

With this ingestion, 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 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
- 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 1 month 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, I am online another 15 minutes tonight

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Cricket to see how she is doing after her ingestion yesterday? 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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