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Offline Sila

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Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:13:05 PM »
Cloey has been on a streak of misbehavior lately... I think she's been getting bored, and I'm trying to work on that. Got her a kong wobbler but that's only the start of my attempts...

But tonight she decided to get onto my mom's dresser, which is much taller than her...and grab a whole box of chocolates and eat it all. The whole entire box of chocolate pecan clusters.
Of course, I freaked out, called my mom who had to come home from playing bingo and we took her to the emergency vet. Because it was a 10 oz box and I thought it was a lot of chocolate and didn't want to risk it.

Ever curious how much it costs to treat something like that?

$59 just to call the poison control centre for pets.
Then they induced vomiting in her - which was $53 in itself.
Throwing that away was $6.
They gave her SubQ fluids to make up for what she lost which was $38.
They gave her activated charcoal - which was $69.
Two other medicines - Sucralfate and Famotadine (google says they're to treat GERD, ulcers, etc. I'm guessing it's so they coat the stomach and help with that whole situation...)
An injection of cerenia was $46, anti-nausea.
Sent me home with a box of Cerenia for the next 4 days - $22.
And three cans of i/d canine digestive food to keep her on a bland diet for the next 2 days - $8.

Total comes up to $403... just because she ate a $2 box of chocolates.
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And of course, it's right before Christmas too. So I can say goodbye to being able to afford anything I wanted to get for people. The guilt alone is going to be incredible for a while. And now she's just sleeping but I'm watching her like a hawk. It's kinda cold here tonight so I covered her up with a blanket in her bed.

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Long night. very long night. my head hurts, I honestly feel like crying several times now, but at least I now have the peace of mind that she'll be okay. Just sick...

I found out she's 22 pounds, though. That was something that I didnt' know before. I assumed 15 or so.
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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 10:43:47 PM »
Oh Sila, that's awful.  :sad:

Azkaban got a wild hair up his butt and decided to eat a quarter of a bag of chocolate covered peanuts last night. He shared them with our GSD, but nobody was acting ill this morning so I decided to just watch them. They're terribly gassy (and they deserve to be gassy, cheeky buggers), but it was milk chocolate and there weren't many left in the bag anyway.

I'm so sorry you had to spend so much money. I've vomited my own dogs a few times, it's gross but I certainly wouldn't consider it something worth $400. Hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal capsules have always been my vet's go-to, and usually they don't ask that you come in unless the dog is showing symptoms of toxicity.

Again, I'm so sorry. At least Cloey is safe.  :buddies:
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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 10:48:03 PM »
Oh boy, we had a couple incidents like that with Reilly (he had a thing for socks and dryer sheets...) when he was younger.  On one hand, you're worried about your pup and feel bad for the vet experience they have to undergo.  On the other hand, you kind of feel a little bitter.  Emergency vet visits are costly, and the misbehavior is frustrating.

I'm glad Cloey is going to be okay!  Wish I had the words to make you feel better about the whole situation.  Just hang in there, and enjoy any sick day cuddling you can get with your little one. 

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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 12:02:43 AM »
Very glad your little darling is safe and back home with you.  That's a very scary thing for both of you to go through.  And I"m sorry about the unexpected expense messing up your plans.  That really sucks.  But people close to you will understand.  HUGS.

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It might be worthwhile having a chat with your vet and asking for instructions for inducing vomiting at home.  In some cases it is safe to do it yourself and it's pretty easy to do.  There are also some instances when you should not do it and you need the right dosage, which is why you should get instruction from your own vet about when it is appropriate to do on your own and when you should call the poison control line for advice.  Then when your vet calculates the proper dose for your dog(s) go to the pharmacy and get a syringe (with no needle!) that is large enough for the whole dose and a bottle of peroxide, carefully write down the instructions and store the syringe, peroxide and note together in your pet first aid kit along with this number for

the ASPCA's animal poison control hotline:  (888) 426-4435 

You'll need to provide a credit card to get advice from the hotline ($65) but if you can't reach your own vet you can still get reliable advice on how to proceed.  If I recall correctly, that $65 covers 24 hours so you can call back for follow up info on the same incident should you need to go to the ER vet.  Read more about it here:  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

Yes, there are instructions online for doing it.  I just looked at them.  Some of them are wrong, the wrong dosage.  And there are some things you should NEVER induce vomiting for.  Chocolate that you caught them eating is one you can generally induce vomiting for yourself if you have the right supplies and instructions and if there isn't some other condition to consider.  Hence the recommendation to talk to your own vet. 

You can make a note and ask at your next regular appointment, or simply call and ask the question over the phone (I've never been charged for a quickie phone question like this).
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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2017, 12:03:50 AM »
I am so glad you took her to the vet.  That is a lot of chocolate for a little dog.  So scary.  I'm sorry that happened!

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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 12:26:12 AM »
She's currently PASSED OUT on her 'bed' wrapped in blankets.

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Someone's tired from her adventure today. I wish I could get her to behave more, but I think I might need to start facing my own hesitancies about walking in the neighbourhood and try to give her some long walks during the day. More playtime, doodling, anything to keep her less bored. She likes her kong wobbler at least.

The information about asking your vet for instructions to induce vomiting at home is a good one. She has gotten into chocolate before, but always small amounts. This was a full box so I didn't want to risk it, thankfully they said the amount she ate wasn't going to be enough to affect her heart or anything, just agitation and GI upset. But I was still worried.

On the plus side, she was very good for the vet! No growling or barking at them (which is standard for her, it's not an aggression growl, but she gets confused on when she shouldn't or should growl to communicate...I mean hell, she'll growl after she pees and scratches the dirt sometimes). Still, no growling at the vets, and she was very well behaved for them they said.
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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2017, 12:47:32 AM »
LOL I'm happy she was able to go to the vet and live! How scary but at least there is a very good ending.

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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 12:53:26 PM »
She's still not feeling the greatest, I gave her a can of the food and her medicine and now she's sleeping it off. Dropped her butt and peed on the carpet, and there's a wet spot on my bed too. I suspect she might also have a UTI but we literally can't afford another vet visit, this one was way too much as it is. :/
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Re: Dog ate chocolate...a whole box of it...
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2017, 04:50:44 PM »
So glad she will be okay! How scary.

Sorry about the huge expense -that's really rough. I'm sure friends and loved ones will understand re: gifts.
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