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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 07:44 PM
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My dog ate several chocolate chip cookies
I don't know when he did. I just know that on the far side of my husband's desk there was a zip lock bag full of them and when I got home from work, that zip lock bag was on the floor with a hole chewed through and the cookies were gone. He has been bouncing off the walls since I've got home a few hours ago, downing water, and wanting to go out every half hour or so. He is a 10 year old 25 pound American Eskimo in otherwise good health. Should I keep on taking him out and get him to use up that energy? Should I try to get him to rest? Should I induce vomitting. Should I feed him other food? I am worried about him but I am also getting annoyed.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 07:49 PM
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1. He got a sugar load
he is peeing every so often and drinking water

He may have diabetters

That is a clsssic sign and yes dogs also get it

Take him to the vet if you are truly worried... and DO MENTION THIS
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salinen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 07:52 PM
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2. Better keep an eye on him
chocolate is bad for dogs. Keep the Vets number close.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 07:52 PM
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3. Dogs are very sensitive to something in chocolate
Theobromine or something else similar to caffeine. It can be dangerous because it speeds up the heart and raises blood pressure.

I'd call the vet or an emergency animal hospital just to be on the safe side.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 07:53 PM
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4. He will probably be ok.
Not much chocolate in most chocolate chip cookies. One time I had a rat terrier get into some mouse poison, and the vet told me to feed him a couple of tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting, and that's what we did. Within 5 minutes, the dog was throwing up.

But if you don't know how long it has been since he ate them, then making him vomit might not help. Evidently, the food is alreay out of his stomach and into his intestines, where his blood is absorbing the sugar, which is making him hyper.

Try sitting down with him and cuddling.
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 07:53 PM
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5. My 10 month old springer ate a pound of bakers chocolate
He ran around like a fool all day. The next morning he dropped dead. The caffiene in the chocolate killed him. I'm not sure how much danger is involved, but I'd call a vet, if possible.
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:09 PM
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12. yes, one pound is a fatal dose
Even a large human being would have trouble with one pound of solid chocolate.

I'm sorry to hear about your puppy. There is something about chocolate that tempts our dogs and birds. I'm told the biggest danger is that they cannot tell how much will harm them and so they can keep eating it way over the safe limit.

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ProudGerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:15 PM
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13. You got that right
My little Basenji mi x(her former fat ass weighed in at 22lbs), once consumed 3 lbs of fudge. She was rushed to the vet and had her stomach pumped. On the way to the vet, she was vomiting this clear liquid, probably gastric juice.

The little dipshit was squirting charcoal for a few days. I'll let your imagination tell you from where. She's a trash digging, gluttonous pig, but I love her to death. I oughta post a pic one of these days.
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:01 PM
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6. it also depends on the kind of chocolate
a bitter dark chocolate is much worse for a dog than sweet milk chocolate, because of the amount of methylxanthine alkaloids. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous, and white chocolate is the least dangerous. For cookies with your run-of-the-mill semisweet chips, theres probably no need to make him vomit... once he burns off the sugar he should crash and be okay.

Every once in a while, I share a Reese's PB cup with my dogs, and as long as I keep it at that, they're okay.



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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:24 PM
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7. please be careful ... no chocolate for dogs !!
according to the article below, your dog (which weighs about 11 kgs) could only handle about 3 - 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate before it became toxic ... keep anything with chocolate locked up away from where your dog can get it ... think of it like poison ...

source: http://www.crazyfordogs.com/safety/holiday_safety.shtml


Don't feed your dog chocolate. Actually dogs are allergic to the caffeine in chocolate, not to the other ingredients. And it takes a certain amount of chocolate before your dog gets sick. So if your Laborador Retriever grabs a Hershey's Kiss, that is OK. Here are the amounts of caffeine that will cause problems:

100 mg caffeine per 1 kilogram of dog's weight Symptoms will occur
140 mg caffeine per 1 kilogram of dog's weight Toxic level

Milk chocolate has: 45 mg of caffeine per ounce
Unsweetened chocolate has: 400 mg of caffeine per ounce

But to be on the safe side, don't give your dog any chocolate. And if your dog eats chocolate (particularly if he or she is a little dog), contact your vet for advice.

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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:31 PM
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8. hmm, a 60-kg dog would have to eat 133 oz milk chocolate (8.3 lbs.)
for symptoms to occur; the main problem w/ chocolate is that it's bad for small creatures in general; vet contacts are a good idea
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:47 PM
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9. CALL THE VET
chocolate is very seriously bad for a dog
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:05 PM
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10. Information on chocolate ingestion by dogs.
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:07 PM
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11. he'll be fine
I'd exercise him, encourage but not force the extra water, and otherwise not panic unless he shows symptoms, in which case I would call a vet to get immediate advice.

We only learned that chocolate was damaging relatively recently (within the last couple decades) -- that's because it doesn't always do harm. Indeed, most of the time it's harmless. Since we don't know how much chocolate can harm an individual dog or bird, we err on the safe side and try to keep them from all chocolate -- but most of the time a bit of chocolate is harmless.

I'd say "let him bounce." Chocolate is a stimulant but it's obviously not killing him.

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Mrs. Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:35 PM
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14. Chocolate is Toxic To Dogs
Get him to the veterinarian ASAP!
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:42 PM
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15. He should get a vet checkup
I agree with the other posters that the amount of chocolate he ingested is probably not lethal but it's better to be safe than sorry. Also, the cookie dough could cause an attack of pancreatitis.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 09:53 PM
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16. if you dog is behaving in an unusual way . . .
he may well be having a bad reaction to the chocolate, which can be fatal to some dogs . . . he'll probably be okay, but I'd advise a visit to the vet ASAP, just to be safe . . .
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 10:01 PM
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17. Still kind of hyper
We just went for another longer walk in which he wanted to run. I am hoping that he'll want to rest soon since we usually go to sleep soon. We hasn't vomitted and seems to be in a good mood. He hasn't hid from me, which he has done when he has been sick before. I don't think that he ingested enough to be a fatal dose. I don't know what type of chocolate the chocolate chips were. If he is hyper all night, I'll take him in tomarrow. I'm hoping that his body processes it and he makes a full recovery on his own. I'll try to be more careful about leaving chocolate anywhere that he could possibly get although I'm still wondering how he managed to get it from where it was.
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ironflange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 10:47 PM
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18. One Halloween,
my Mom's dog, an Australian Shepherd, ate an entire bag of mini Mars bars, wrappers and all. Didn't seem to bother her much (the dog, not Mom).
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 11:48 PM
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19. Seems to be more of a problem with smaller dogs such as yours.
My 75 & 120 pound golden retrievers has gotten into choc chip cookies - 2 LARGE bags of Nestlies morstles and other items numerous times when I wasn't looking and absolutely no abnormal behavior except for looser stools. Maybe I'm just lucky.

I've only heard of horror stories - but I'd urge the safe course and always go to the Vet at the drop of a hat - better safe than heartbroken.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-30-03 04:47 PM
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20. He seems alright today
After going for one last walk (run), he layed down next to me when I went to sleep and didn't wake me up before my alarm went off. Now, after work, he seems pretty well. I'll be more careful in the future with chocolate though.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-30-03 04:53 PM
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21. My Hank sneaks into entire pans of brownies
and is no worse for the wear .... altho it is a sight to see him runnin' the house like he's on crack until the sugar buzz wears off.

i think it depends on your dog, but keep an eye on him and if he starts drooping or acting like he's not well get him to the vet.

good luck !


:hippie:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-30-03 05:36 PM
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22. I would call the vet immediately
My 40 lb. cocker spaniel ate a chocolate bar this time last year and I called the Emergency Clinic because it was late on a Sunday night. They had me call ASPCA Poison Control. They gave me two numbers 1-888 426 4435 and 1-800 548 2423. It cost me $40 by credit card. They were excellent, but it was necessary for me to determine exactly what kind of chocolate bar it was. They have heard of them all. They would have had me take her in and induce vomiting, except she was prone to seizures. They were primarily concerned about the sugars and fats in the chocolate which can affect the pancreas. I had to watch her all night for any unusual symptoms, especially diarrhea and vomiting which are signs of pancreatitis. Your dog is much smaller, so can withstand a much smaller amount of chocolate. They also said to watch for signs of hyperactivity, which it sounds like your dog is having. I hope this helps. Let us know how it turns out.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 06:11 AM
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23. Let us know how this turned out, Nikia
Every holiday, my vet has handouts on the dangers of the season for pets. Chocolate is always at the top of the list. :-(
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