First you have to identify if it is a dark or non-dark chocolate. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are more potentially toxic than regular chocolates. Meaning a bite of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate should keep you worried, while Cloud Nine, Goya or Choko-choko should keep your pet away from hospitalization.
Should your pet swallow dark or baking chocolate, please immediately scroll down to the first aid section.
SYMPTOMS OF CHOCOLATE POISONING
To put it simply, your dog should appear like it drank 10 cups of coffee. It should be hyperactive, easy to startle, vomiting, palpitating (very fast heart beat), and diarrhea. It gets more dangerous if your pet develops seizure, which could damage the brain, and lead to death.
WHY YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR PET TO THE VET
It may take around four days for your dog’s body to expel all that chocolate. At this time, it should be at the hospital for observation and IV fluids.
If your pet just ate a cheap brand of chocolate, watch out for the symptoms. If they get worse over the next few hours, bring to your vet. If not, observing for 1-4 days post-Chocolate ingestion can be done at home.
WHEN THERE’S NO VET AT THIS TIME
Keeping sure that your dog ate dark or baking chocolate and is NOT WEAK, you may proceed.
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