(Closed) PSA – What to do if dog eats chocolate

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oof!  That’s a lot of chocolate for a little dog!  I’m glad you caught it in time and thanks for the PSA! 

Post # 4
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952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had to give our dog Hydrogen Peroxide when she ate rat poison. My childhood dog at boxes of chocolates that were wrapped under the xmas tree. She was fine!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My dog almost died from this recently, as you said it can be VERY serious. I think that because it takes “so much” a lot of people don’t worry about it enough. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

id call a vet and double check. you can get advice free over the phone. my dog ate half a pan of no bake cookies once and (being 7 months pregnant and emotional) called the vet hystarical and she clamed me down and told me he would have had to eat the whole container of chocolate to be hurt. he was 13 pounds then.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my pomeranian climbed onto the dining room table and ate a box of valentines chocolates. we came home to find only foil wrappers on the floor.  i was so worried and we called by brother in law who works at a vet’s office.  he suggested the hydrogen peroxide and it worked. thank god!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We used to leave candy sitting in a bowl at Christmas time and we came home and there were fun sized wrappers all over the house and my poodle-bichon mix was happily laying under the bed. We called the vet and luckily he didn’t eat enough to cause any damage, but I’m definitely bookmarking this page! It’s amazing what  dogs can get into!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Thanks for the Public Service Announcement. 🙂 I prefer fruit flavored candies so hopefully it’ll never be an issue, but you never know.

On a related note, I heard that chocolate builds up in a dog’s system like a certain poison does to us (I think it was arsenic?) so if you occasionally give them a little something it can eventually kill them even though you didn’t give them a lot. Is this true? Can anybody confirm or refute this?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just so you know, it depends WHEN the dog ate the chocolate. If it was within an hour or so its usually fine to do what you said (I have this under my “hide your chocolate bars” post) 🙂

However, if its been a few hours than having him throw up may do much more harm than good.

I would also ask your vet if there’s ever an emergency & you need phone counsil, do they provide it or recommend someone who does? Then, save that number in your phone & write it down. My vet has a line open 24/7… they answered at 2am Easter Sunday a few years ago & helped me & it was free. Not all vets have this.

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