Help!! Chocolate and dogs??? Do I run her in to the Vet? UpDate** in OP

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:40:08 PM
UpDate: Thanks everyone!! I knew the Peas could help.
I rang up the Vet on call at the 24hr Animal Hospital and took her in. She said she didn't think Crickett ate enough actual chocolate to hurt her. She's a little over 4lbs and 5 months old. they tried making her vomit but nothing really came up. I'm supposed to watch to watch her closely for the next few hours to see if she has any breathing issues from the dyes in the candy shell which are a bigger deal than the milk chocolate.
Right now she's sound asleep on my shoulder so I'm hopeful she'll be okay. Thanks again Peas.

OP: My malteese shih tzu mix puppy just ate a bunch of M&M's from a candy dish on the end table that got left out last night. What do I do and/or watch for now?
She probably ate about 10 or 12. She doesn't look sick nor is she vomitting. She's actually looking pretty pleased with her bad self.
I know chocolate is really bad for dogs. What will it do to her?
Does she need to go to the Vet?

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:41:31 PM
I think she will be fine. What I heard from my sister (via her vet) is that it's the truer, more DARK chocolate that is bad. He told her milk chocolate is not bad in small amounts.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:43:17 PM
I would try to induce vomiting. Take her outside. Give her about 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide (I use a turkey baster.) Vomiting will happen RIGHT AWAY, so you don't want to do this inside and try to get her outside--you won't get outside in time, and there will be a huge mess.

I've had dogs eat chocolate without any repercussions, and I had a dog eat a 1/2 bag of Hershey's Kisses, and throw up on her own 5-6 times.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:43:25 PM
My dog has eaten that much chocolate and had no reaction, so I would say only if she shows signs of illness.

Lethargy, loose poop, vomiting.

Usually it takes more than a few m&m's, plus it's the dark chocolate that's the real danger.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:47:51 PM
My dog ate an entire bad of dove chocolates, foils and all. (and various other chocolate treats, inluding two dozen choc chip cookies. Nothing happened. I'm not sure what is suppose to happen to dogs when they eat chocolate? It is certain dogs? It's one of those things I've heard, but I've never had a dog who reacted to it. (We have had three goldens, and danged if they aren't resourceful getting to food you think is out of reach!)


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:48:42 PM
I would watch her but I bet she will be fine. When my dogs ate M&M's (although they are big labs) and I asked the vet they said it's the baking chocolate and especially the dark that is real bad. Hope she is just fine!!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:50:52 PM
My ER vet will advise over the phone. Try calling yours for a professional opinion. I do remember reading that while chocolate is toxic dogs have to eat a lot to have repercussions.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:08:58 PM
My Jack Rssell ate a quarter of one of those large chocolate bars that are popular at Christmas. She wasn't effected by it. It was not a good Christmas chocolate wise. I was sick and in bed for days and my boys were not careful. The dog ate a chocolate letter and the mentioned chocolate. Luckily the chocolate letter was white chocolate.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:11:54 PM
As I recall it's an ounce of chocolate per pound of dog. You're probably alright, but I'd keep a close eye on her.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:13:35 PM
The amount of chocolate that is toxic for a dog depends on the kind of chocolate (milk chocolate being the least toxic and baking chocolate being the most toxic) and the weight of the dog. M&M's are milk chocolate.

According to this site........1 ounce per 1 pound of dog for milk chocolate is toxic. Your dog didn't eat anywhere near that.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:16:12 PM
The toxic dose is one mg/kg or one oz/lb. Milk chocolate is lower. So if your dog is ten pounds and ate ten ounces of milk chocolate it would be at risk, but a lower risk than if it ate ten ounces of dark chocolate.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:17:00 PM
Totally agree with eebud. Your puppy is probably fine. Just watch her. Try to get her to drink some water.

She may experience a sugar high and then a crash. If she "crashes" just try to give water.

Call the vet if anything seems off.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:37:21 PM
Our Shitzu one Christmas ate an entire 1 pound Hersey bar that the kids had left within reach. She was fine. Didn't vomit or anything. I just kept an eye on her.

I would just watch her.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:48:34 PM
I would just keep an eye on her. I sometimes wonder if that chocolate thing is a myth.
Our dog has eaten about 100 candy bars, including this winter 2 large dark choc bars, numerous MMs, etc..etc..He didn't even get sick. Not even diarhea. The only time it really affected him was when he ate the 2 large dark choc bars...he was hyped up all night...gad. WHY would a dog even think that was good to eat is beyond me. But he is on predisone and eats like cujo.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:11:52 PM
This is a small dog and a puppy at that? I'd be calling my vet. She's probably fine, but I would err on the side of caution. They may have a person on call over the weekend; our vet does.

If you can't contact the vet, I'd be inducing vomiting and getting to the ER.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:16:18 PM
She will probably be okay. We had our dog eat a whole 1 lb bag of DARK chocolate covered almonds. All REALLY bad for dogs. We called the emergency vet (It was around midnight when we noticed he was bouncing off the walls. It had been quite some time since he had eaten it). They said if he hadn't gotten sick or had diarrhea yet, that he will probably be fine, just to keep an eye on him. The next day it was as if nothing ever happened.

Just keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn't get sick, have diarrhea and isn't super hyper. If super hyper, it could stop her heart.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:24:28 PM
This just happened to our dog 2 weeks ago. We were advised to get him to the ER vet. They induced vomiting but almost gave him charcoal too and were going to keep him overnight. He had milk chocolate Cadbury eggs (the hardshell ones). They wanted me to bring in the bag too. We had to watch him once we took him home but I would not have stayed home with him. I am glad we took him.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:27:34 PM
1/4 CUP hydrogen peroxide???????
Please try 1 capful, followed by another - maybe it'll take 3

Pls get ur vet or ER on the phone stat.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:48:40 PM
My 80lb poodle ate 20 chocolate cupcakes so we were advised to take him in. It ended up costing $300 for them to X-ray his stomach (cupcake liners), induce vomiting and give charcoal but we didn't want to take any chances. Our veterinarian has since told us that we can induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide if caught soon enough but I'm not sure i have the stomach for that.
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:08:17 PM
We dogsat a dog growing up that ate the head off of our chocolate bunny at Easter. We didn't know anything about supposed toxicity. The dog was fine but my Mom was mad!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:18:52 PM
I'm so glad your pup is doing well. I'm the sort of person who would rather be safe than sorry.

What a tiny little thing! Our puppy is 10 months old now and 60 lbs. and she's on the small side for a lab!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:31:04 PM
I am glad that she will be okay. In the future, remember to be careful about leaving chocolate out where a dog can find it. We have to be because our Doxie has a wicked sweet tooth and has eaten the same amount of chocolate as your dog did before. She was fine. All chocolate is now either left in the fridge or in the pantry with the door closed.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:21:08 PM

1/4 CUP hydrogen peroxide???????

Trust me when I say most of it runs out the side of the dog's mouth. My dog is about 20 lbs, and this is what the vet has told me to do every time (yes, we've had some issues) my dog has gotten into something she wasn't supposed to get into.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:41:59 PM
My sweet 60 pound boxer mix has eaten Hershey kisses (foil and all), two dozen double chocolate espresso cookies, a box of weight watchers chocolate snack cakes, and a giant peanut butter meltaway bunny. She's fine...sitting here beside me about seven years since the last incident. My vet laughed when I called after the bunny incident and said that with her size and the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate that she would be fine but I could induce vomiting if it made me feel better (hydrogen peroxide...and I did. with three dogs I've induced vomiting quite a few times).

I was also told that baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the ones to be most concerned about. Glad to hear your dog is okay!
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