Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My 10lb Chihuahua mix ate about 2-3 oz of fudge a few hours…

Customer Question
My 10lb Chihuahua...

My 10lb Chihuahua mix ate about 2-3 oz of fudge a few hours ago. She vomited once.

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?

Whiskey

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

No she seems ok other than the one big vomiy

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 23 minutes by:
1/2/2018
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,274
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Was this commercial fudge or fudge made at home?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Homemade at a shop we bought in big bear
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
We are not sure which pup ate it but both are acting pretty normal except for the large amount of vomit I found.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Do you happen to have a copy of the ingredients on hand to share?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

I can tell you that fudge is often made with cocoa, which can be toxic to dogs in certain amounts. It would be wise to have both dogs examined and vomiting induced for good measure to ensure the stomach is cleared of the fudge. Once they identify which dog has consumed the fudge, they will likely administer active charcoal to prevent digestion of the chocolate products in the fudge.

If this is not an option, you can induce vomiting again using these instructions: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/03/15/how-and-when-to-induce-vomiting-in-pets.aspx The idea here is to remove as much fudge here from the stomach as possible. Once they've stopped vomiting following the induction of vomiting, you can begin a GI protocol at home. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian. You want to watch for progressive vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, fast heart rate, panting, inability to rest, hyperactivity, seizures, etc. If these occur, an ER visit is indicated immediately.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

I will be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further. Also, before signing off today, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me. Until this is done, the website will not compensate me for helping you. You will still be able to chat with me even after issuing a rating.

I will also check in with you over the next few days for updates on your companion to be sure you don’t need any additional assistance. Letting me know how your companion is doing would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to request me in the future for pet-related questions, you can do so by accessing this page: http://www.justanswer.com/pet/expert-pitrottmommy/?rpt=3800

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Which ever dog ate it there was already a large vomit. Both are curled up next to me sleeping like normal.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Although there was a large volume of vomit, since you do not know which dog consumed the fudge it would be wise to ensure the stomach is empty on both. Chocolate toxicity develops over a course of hours and may become progressively worse. It is better in these cases to issue some prevention than to assume that they will not worsen. If you choose not to induce vomiting, keep a close eye out for additional symptoms and use the information above if the vomiting persists. Hopefully neither will suffer any toxic effects from the fudge consumption.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I need induce vomiting?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
You are scaring me more than helping me
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

I would, if you choose to address this at home. This will allow you to bring up any additional fudge that is in the stomach of both dogs and lower the risk of toxicity. I would then move on to the GI protocol mentioned above.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
It’s the middle of the night and can’t run to a vet nor do I have stuff to make them vomit
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

If you are unable to obtain hydrogen peroxide and no ER vets are available in your area, monitoring overnight is your only option.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

If you'd like me to see if I can find an ER facility or vet that offers overnight emergency care, let me know. I'll need your city and state.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
This was a waste of time and money only thing you have done is make me more worried
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

I'll opt out and see if another expert can help you this evening. Good luck.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 34,937
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified

May I have an update on Whiskey, please? There are approximately 0.4 ounces of cocoa in 3 ounces of fudge. 0.4 ounces per 10 lbs of body weight = 0.04 ounces per pound of body weight It would take ~0.06 ounces of cocoa per pound of body weight to see evidence of theobromine toxicity - vomiting, agitation, and tremors. It doesn't sound as if Whiskey were intoxicated by the cocoa in theobromine but as with ingesting anything unusual transient gastrointestinal distress in the form of inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea can arise. I expect that he's currently well and no additional treatment will be needed.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
vomited once and sone loose stools but slept fine through the night right next to me no Agitation at all
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Good to hear! Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Did drink lots of water though
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

There's quite a bit of salt in fudge. That would explain his thirst. Never restrict water and expect his water intake to normalize quickly. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 34,937
34,937 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,499 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,947 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My 12 pound chihuahua ate a 1/2 pound of maple fudge. Name
my 12 pound chihuahua ate a 1/2 pound of maple fudge … read more
Richard Rawling
Richard Rawling
Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS
845 satisfied customers
My 55lb terrier ate a box of Keebler fudge stripe cookies.
My 55lb bull terrier ate a box of Keebler fudge stripe cookies … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,808 satisfied customers
He ate a pound of fudge about a half hour ago. A boxer/pit
A boxer/pit mix. About 50lbs. I'm a nurse. Should I induce vomiting? … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,413 satisfied customers
He ate 4 oz. of chocolate fudge. He is a 26 pound french
He ate 4 oz. of chocolate fudge. He is a 26 pound french bulldog. … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,327 satisfied customers
Our dog just ate fudge off the counter- Sophie is a 90 pound
Hi! Our dog just ate fudge off the counter- Sophie is a 90 pound bernese. … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
8,947 satisfied customers
My dog, a lab golden mix, ate about 1/2 a pan of milk
My dog, a lab golden mix, ate about 1/2 a pan of milk chocolate brownies. He's pretty big. He ate that w/in the past 90 min. Do I need to do anything, or just watch him? … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
8,947 satisfied customers
Our dog just consumed a container of homemade fudge, Well
Our dog just consumed a container of homemade fudge … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
8,947 satisfied customers
My dog ate 4 chocolate fudge cookies. Does he need to go to
hi my dog ate 4 chocolate fudge cookies. Does he need to go to an emergency room? … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,327 satisfied customers
My dogs just ate a big box of fudge' Buddy who is 6 and the
Buddy who is 6 and the other one is Bella who is a puppy (6 months old?) … read more
Rebekah Kane
Rebekah Kane
Veterinarian
doctorate of veterinary medicine
237 satisfied customers
My 100 pound lab just ate 14 oz of store bought fudge 5
My 100 pound lab just ate 14 oz of store bought fudge brownies 5 minutes ago. Should I be concerned? … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,410 satisfied customers
Dog ate about a pound of fudge she has thrown up 3 times
Dog ate about a pound of fudge she has thrown up 3 times once on her own then two more after we induced vomiting with hydrogen peroxide… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,742 satisfied customers
My 50 lb border collie ate half a pie pan of my moms home made
My 50 lb border collie ate half a pie pan of my moms home made fudge..about 2 hours ago. She is not showing any signs of distress at this time...I am concerned, however, because the fudge is made with… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
my german shepard/lab mix puppy (6 months old, ~60 pounds)
my german shepard/lab mix puppy (6 months old, ~60 pounds) just ate some fudge (maybe a quarter pound?). What should I do?… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,327 satisfied customers
My 65 lb 10 month old German Short Hair just ate 1lb of Chocolate
My 65 lb 10 month old German Short Hair just ate 1lb of Chocolate fudge approximately 20 minutes ago (11:45 AM EST). We estimate that it contained approximately 4 oz of semi-sweet chocolate. He seems … read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
My dog may eaten 4-6 oz. of fudge. She is a minature pinscher
My dog may eaten 4-6 oz. of fudge. She is a minature pinscher and weighs about 7.5 lbs. It would have occurred at least 3 hours ago since I have been awake that long. Should I be worried?… read more
Dr. Norman Bayne
Dr. Norman Bayne
Practice Owner
Doctoral Degree
634 satisfied customers
my dog got in the trash and ate about a half of cup of bread
my dog got in the trash and ate about a half of cup of bread pudding. It had a few raisins in it and whiskey sauce. She threw up a little and is acting okay. Is there anything we should do?… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,808 satisfied customers
terrier: ate..She weighs about 30 lbs. she has consumed alot..panting
my wheaten terrier apparently ate about 4-5 brownies this afternoon. She weighs about 30 lbs. she has consumed alot of water, is panting and seems to be a bit upset. does this sounds like a serious si… read more
Dr. May
Dr. May
Doctoral Degree
443 satisfied customers
yorkie: (6lbs) and she ate a stick of chocolate should I be worry
I'm babysitting my daughters yorkie (6lbs) and she ate a stick of chocolate should I be worry or do something?… read more
Dr.Fiona
Dr.Fiona
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,587 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x