Chocolate toxicity varies on a number of factors. Oftentimes, your pet will be a-okay with some soft stool for a few days depending on the exact details of what they ate. Things to note:
- The type of chocolate your pet ate (dark, milk, white, baking chocolate, cocoa beans, cocoa mulch yes it's a thing! )
- How much did they eat? (a whole bag, 1 Hershey's kiss)
- What went down with the chocolate? (raisins, peanuts, wrappers, etc.)
- How long ago did they eat it? (hours or minutes)
2. Assess your pet
Depending on how long it has been since your pet ate the chocolate, they may already be showing some symptoms.
If your pet is not alert or they are seizing, call us immediately at 407-239-7606 and come to the clinic for emergency care.
If your pet seems ok (ashamed, proud, or otherwise normal), look out for some common symptoms of an adverse reaction including:
- Muscle tremors/twitching
- Increased drinking/urination
- Excessive panting
- Increased heart rate with abnormal rhythm
3. Do not try to induce vomiting unless you are instructed to do so by Dr. Hayes, Dr. Graves or our technicians!
In some cases, it may be too late to prevent the effects of eating chocolate by making your pet vomit and it can be harmful to your pet. DO NOT try to make your pet vomit without direct advice from the veterinary staff on how to do so safely. If we recommend inducing vomiting and you do not feel comfortable doing so, you can always come to the clinic for treatment. Usually if the chocolate was eaten over 2 hours prior to you realizing, inducing vomiting will not be effective and could worsen your pet's condition.
For more information about chocolate toxicity and other toxic things your pet may find this fall, check out this article on Pet Health Network!
As always, we are here to help. Contact the clinic if you run into a chocolate catastrophe!
If we aren't here contact the Veterinary Emergency Clinic at 407-644-4449.
Or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (there may be a $65 consult fee) 24/7 every day of the year at (888) 426-4435.