My Dog Ate Chocolate 24 Hours Ago
My dog ate chocolate 24 hours ago. She’s still acting normal, so should I be worried?
What to do if your dog ate chocolate
If your dog has eaten chocolate, call a vet. If it’s possible to get a hold of one immediately, ask them to induce vomiting. Otherwise, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
The vet will be able to check for signs of poisoning and help you decide on the best course of treatment for your pet.
What kind of chocolate did your dog eat?
It’s important to know what kind of chocolate your dog ingested, as this will affect how you proceed. Most importantly, dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate and baking chocolate. Dark chocolate often contains additional ingredients that make it more toxic to animals, including caffeine and theobromine (a methylxanthine related to caffeine). In contrast, while cocoa bean shells contain theobromine and caffeine (and are therefore potentially dangerous), they have a bitter taste that makes them unpalatable for most dogs.
Baking chocolate is considered a “bulk” chocolate product that has been processed into large quantities for use in cooking or baking. It does not pose any special dangers for pets because it does not contain additional ingredients such as soy lecithin or vanilla extract like other types of chocolates do; however it still retains the same potential toxicity levels as other types of chocolates if consumed in large amounts by pets.
How much did your dog eat?
The first thing to do is figure out how much chocolate your dog ate. If he ingested an entire chocolate bar, then the situation is more serious than if he only managed to lick some from the countertop.
- How much chocolate did my dog eat?
- If my dog ate a little bit, like a bite or two, is that dangerous?
- What type of chocolate was it? Dark or milk? Do we need to worry about caffeine content? Was it baking chocolate or regular cocoa powder?
How long ago did your dog eat chocolate?
It is important to know how long ago your dog ate chocolate. It’s a complicated process, and will take some time to figure out.
If your dog ate the chocolate 24 hours ago, it’s important that you not panic. The effects of eating the chocolate may not be visible yet, but they could start showing up any day now! You should keep an eye on your dog and make sure he doesn’t show any signs of illness or other problems.
If you’re still worried about what happened to your dog after 24 hours, it might be time to call a veterinarian for advice on what steps can be taken next. If your dog has eaten less than 2 ounces of chocolate within the last 48 hours, it is still possible that treatment will help them recover from any ill effects suffered as a result of eating this substance without any lasting damage being done; however if there were more than two ounces consumed in this period then immediate medical attention is required because there is no way to reverse these effects once they’ve started happening so quickly after ingestion took place.”
What are the signs my dog ate chocolate?
Chocolate toxicity can cause a variety of symptoms in dogs, including:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Hyperactivity or restlessness
- Irritability or hyperthermia (fever)
In more severe cases, the following signs may be seen:
- Seizures (fits), coma, or death.
What should I do if my dog ate chocolate?
You should call your veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting, and don’t give your dog milk. You also shouldn’t give them activated charcoal or hydrogen peroxide; in fact, you should avoid giving your dog any medication without first consulting with a veterinarian.
Do not attempt to administer mineral oil or alcohol either.
Should I see a veterinarian if my dog ate chocolate?
If your dog ate a small amount of chocolate and has no symptoms, it is unlikely that you need to see a veterinarian. However, if your dog ate a large amount of chocolate and is showing signs of poisoning (such as vomiting), then you should go to the vet immediately.
Another good reason to see the vet if your dog ate a large amount of chocolate is because they can determine whether or not there are any other toxic elements or medications in the stomach at that time. If there are, they might be able to administer an antidote like activated charcoal or give them activated charcoal tablets for self-administration at home.
It’s a good idea to prevent your dog from eating chocolate in the first place by providing other goodies.
If you have found out that your dog has eaten chocolate, it is important to act quickly and contact a veterinarian immediately. The type of chocolate consumed and the amount will determine what treatment your dog needs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that you try to find out:
- What kind of chocolate did my dog eat?
- How much did my dog eat?
- How long ago did my dog eat chocolate?
If you are able to answer all three questions, then there are several things that may be done to help your pet recover from a toxic dose of chocolate. These include inducing vomiting or giving charcoal if the animal was seen consuming dark or semisweet baking chocolates within an hour before signs appeared; administering activated charcoal if symptoms return after initial treatment; administering IV fluids for dehydration; providing oxygen if needed; running tests on blood samples taken from the animal soon after it ingested any food containing large amounts of caffeine, including cocoa beans and coffee beans as well as tea leaves (caffeine poisoning); administering medications such as diazepam (Valium) for anxiety in pets due to over stimulation caused by caffeine ingestion
If you’re still worried, it’s a good idea to see your veterinarian. They will be able to do some tests and determine whether or not your dog needs treatment.