So you think your dog ate chocolate and you’re wondering what to do next? Read on to figure out how serious the situation is, and what steps you should take next.
It’s a well-known fact that chocolate is toxic to dogs.
That doesn’t mean accidents won’t happen, though.
It’s not unusual for well-meaning pet owners to find themselves in a situation where their beloved pup has eaten some chocolate.
Whether your dog has eaten a chocolate chip cookie or found a bag of last year’s Halloween candy, it’s important to understand just how dangerous chocolate is to dogs, as well as the actions you should take to ensure your pet’s safety.
- Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is what is so hazardous to your dog (along with caffeine)
- Signs of chocolate poisoning typically occur within 12 hours of ingestion
- Baker’s chocolate is particularly toxic because of the concentration of theobromine, followed by dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and then white chocolate
- Watch for changes in appetite or vomiting/diarrhea, and contact your vet right away if you think your dog is suffering or sick
- Older dogs and dogs with heart conditions are more at risk of chocolate poisoning
What To Do If Your Dog Ate Chocolate
Assess The Situation
Try to figure out how much chocolate your dog consumed, and what type.
The more bitter and dark the chocolate, the more toxic.
Obviously, you’ll want to remove access to any more chocolate, but more importantly, keep the packaging!
It will be helpful for your vet should you need to take them in.
Look For The Signs of Chocolate Poisoning
The signs include:
- Increased urination
- Elevated/abnormal heart rate
Contact Your Veterinarian
Your vet will be able to guide you through whatever needs to happen to help your dog, whether it’s an at-home care plan, or a serious emergency.
You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680) for advice.
PetMD also has a chocolate toxicity meter that you can use to figure out how serious the situation is for you.
What Will The Vet Do?
If your dog ate the chocolate about 2 hours ago or less, your veterinarian may induce vomiting and give him several doses of activated charcoal, which helps move the toxins out of the body and prevents it from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
For more serious cases, they may give medications or IV fluids.
If your dog is having seizures, they will likely spend the night for monitoring.
Did your dog get into chocolate? What helped? What did the vet do? Let us know in the comments below!
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