Dog Ate Chocolate – Recognising Symptoms And What To Do Next
Dogs are known to eat a variety of things, including human food. However, it’s rare that they will actually ingest any kind of poison or toxic substance.
Most times dogs have ingested something else when they’ve been sick and not died from it.
The following are some common signs of dog eaten chocolate:
Your pet has vomited up chunks of white stuff (or black stuff) and looks very ill. You may even see blood in the vomit.
Your pet is lethargic, panting heavily, and vomiting up bits of bloody material. They might look like they’re having a seizure or convulsions. You need to get them to a vet right away!
If your pet is suffering from these symptoms, then you need to take them immediately to the vet. If they don’t seem to be dying, then you’ll probably just have a few minor bumps and bruises along with some diarrhea and possibly stomach cramps.
It’s best if you wait at least two days before bringing them back home since the vomit could contain other things that could harm your pet.
If your pet has ingested something other than chocolate, then the above symptoms may or may not be present. You’ll have to wait and see what happens over the next day or two.
If your dog hasn’t died by then, then they probably will be fine.
It’s always best to call your local vet and ask them if you’re not sure what to do in a situation like this.
You might also want to consider pet insurance. Even if you just get pet insurance for your pet’s annual checkups, you’ll be glad you did.
This is especially true if your dog has ingested something toxic and you have to pay an unexpected vet bill.
If your dog doesn’t have health insurance, you can still ask the vet about payment plans and things like that. Some vets will work out payment plans or let you pay for the procedure/checkup over time.
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The good, the bad and the delicious: the role of confectionery in British society by JS Foer – 2010 – Penguin UK
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