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My 15 lb. mini Schnauzer just ate a corner off of a See’s…

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My 15 lb. mini Schnauzer just ate a corner off of a See’s chocolate lolipop

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?

Sadie she is 10, she had just eaten,so she had a full stomach

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Dr Scott Nimmo
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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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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you

Hello again

I have worked out an answer for you below ...

Good news, while chocolate can be toxic to dogs I very much doubt if this incident is going to adversely affect Sadie very much, in fact, there are no special measures you need take other than just keeping an eye on her, this is unlikely to affect her in the slightest. This was a very small amount of chocolate on the lollipop, let's estimate as one ounce. But let's talk things over in more depth ...

The rule of thumb which I apply is that with milk chocolate mild signs of toxicity can occur when 0.7 ounces per pound of body weight is ingested. Severe signs occur when 2 ounces per pound of body weight is swallowed. If you estimate Sadie's weight as being in the region of 15 pounds then you can see that your dog would have to swallow around 10.5 ounces of pure milk chocolate before any symptoms would even start to occur. Clearly, the amount of chocolate involved today { 1 ounce } was very minimal by comparison, so no worries as far as chocolate toxicity goes.

I am telling you the following just for your information as your dog ate so little you need not do anything and need not be concerned.

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.

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

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

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you, ***** ***** a close eye on her

No problem, very glad to be advising you and thank you very much for the good rating, this is very much appreciated.

Please let me know how things go ...

Kindest regards,

Dr Scott

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