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

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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: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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1/2/2018
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
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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.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Was this commercial fudge or fudge made at home?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Homemade at a shop we bought in big bear
Customer reply replied 3 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 3 months ago

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

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 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.

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 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.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I need induce vomiting?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
You are scaring me more than helping me
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 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.

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 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.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 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.

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 months ago

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

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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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.

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 months ago

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

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Did drink lots of water though
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 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.

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