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 ASK THE EXPERT - My dog ate chocolate! Should I take him to the vet?? :(

Smartliving Guest asked this
October 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM



Chocolate toxicity depends on the type of chocolate and the weight of the pet. The most toxic form is baker's chocolate, followed by dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and finally by baked goods such as brownies. As with most health issues, prevention is the best medicine. Keep candy and trick or treat spoils out of both sight and reach from eager noses and mouths. If your pet does happen to get into some chocolate, call your veterinarian immediately. Make sure to let your vet know precisely which type of chocolate was ingested, as well as the amount in either ounces or grams. This way, he or she can do a toxicity calculation to determine if your pet needs to be seen immediately for treatment. Results of chocolate ingestion can vary from vomiting and diarrhea to more significant issues like seizures and even death depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingested.

Dr. Lynn Happel DVM Health Coach answered
October 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Chocolate can be extremely dangerous for dogs. As a trainer, my number one focus in this regard would be preventing any scenario involving Fido and chocolate access in the first place. Keep chocolate in high cupboards, and don't allow children to keep their Halloween candy treats in their bedroom, which was something I was allowed to do when I was a kid (big mistake MOM!). Instead, have children eat their chocolate treats at a table, where they can properly dispose of wrappers and leftovers when they are finished. If you choose to enjoy your chocolate elsewhere, simply put Fido in a secure room away from your sugary snacks until treat time is over. If your dog does get into chocolate, be sure to contact your vet immediately.

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
October 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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