Copyright© 2011-2020 Kimberly Gauthier. What should I do? This article has been viewed 1,281,918 times. Search the Blog Trending Topics. In particular, chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains methylxanthines like caffeine and theobromine, which dogs cannot break down as we can. I had a dog named Diva 4 years ago and she died because my cousin fed her a whole Hersheys bar and she was barely a few months old and last week my new puppy roxy ate a whole piece of herseys chocolate cake my baby brother dropped on the floor and I freaked out we called the vet they said to make her throw up immediately because she's a puppy so her system isn't as strong as a grown dog … You may have heard people say that chocolate will kill dogs? At lower doses, you might see milder symptoms including restlessness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Check your kids rooms for chocolate stashes that your dog could get into. If a dog eats a piece of chocolate cake, it is best to contact a veterinarian--the animal’s regular care provider, if possible--immediately. It is very difficult to get a large amount of charcoal into a dog without a stomach tube, and you will need to repeat every 4-6 hours for 2-3 days. ", "My friend's dog may have eaten a chocolate bunny, but she doesn't know. My dog is a mini-pin chihuahua mix. I challenge anyone watching this video to try not to laugh when you see the dog reaction to dog cake. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. Put together and keep an updated pet emergency kit. In short, no. It's best he has a blood test at the vet's to check if damage was done. This depends on the size of your dog and how much brownie she ate. One of the stimulants in chocolate is also a diuretic. Different chocolates will affect dogs differently. The fat in chocolate may trigger vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, even if they do not get toxic doses of theobromine. Your dog will be fine. ", "Everything in the article was extremely helpful. ", "Very thorough in explaining the effects of dogs eating chocolate. By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. I do not offer coaching or consultations; the most I can do is share my personal experience. [1] Chocolate poisoning occurs when a dog consumes chocolate. If your dog ate white or milk chocolate, it could take up to 24 to 48 hours for it to be completely eliminated from his/her system and with mild or no side effects. If your dog has a tummy upset, a galloping heart, and is unusually bouncy, then he might have ingested chocolate. Steps to take if your dog ate chocolate: Give your dog a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. If your dog ate chocolate, contact your veterinarian, an emergency veterinarian, or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661 (a fee applies). Vanilla does not present the same dangers to dogs as chocolate does. If your dog is small, or ate much more chocolate than that, you should take action. Either way, you could save thousands of dollars and be able to get your pet the care it needs, when an emergency happens. Reader Favorites. In some cases, your pet may need to be hospitalized for the night and a 24 hour emergency hospital is the best choice. Will she be okay? First 2 Hours: My Dog Ate Chocolate. In addition, pancreatitis may result secondary to chocolate ingestion (triggered by the fat content), which may resolve on its own with a bland diet (non-fat cottage cheese and white rice) for a few days, or may be serious enough to require hospitalization. Humans can break down and excrete methylxanthines such as theobromine much more efficiently than dogs. 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