My 10 Week Old Pitbull Puppy Ate Chocolate Silk Pie And Now His Nose Is Very Dry, He Is Lathargic, And Has Labored Breathing. What Do I Do?


Answer:
Chocolate contains theobromine that is toxic to dogs in sufficient quantities. This is a xanthine compound within the same family of caffeine, and theophylline. Xanthines affect the nervous system, cardiovascular system and at a tangent nerves. It has a diuretic (elevating rate of urination) effect as well. Clinical signs will ofter include hyper excitability, hyper irritability, increased heart rate, restlessness, increased urination, muscle tremors, vomiting, and diarrhea. The good communication is that it takes, on average, a fairly large amount of theobromine 100-150 mg/kg to wreak a toxic reaction. Although there are variables to consider like the individual sensitivity, animal size and chocolate concentration. There is no specific antidote for this poisoning. And the partially life of the toxin is 17.5 hours in dogs. Induce vomiting in the first 1-2 hours if the amount is unknown. Administering activated charcoal may inhibit absorption of the toxin. An anticonvulsant might be indicated if neurological signs are present and needs to be controlled. Oxygen psychiatric therapy, intravenous medications, and fluids might be needed to protect the heart. Milk chocolate will often cause diarrhea 12-24 hours after ingestion. This should be treated symptomatically (fluids, etc..) to prevent dehydration. If you suspect your pet have ingested chocolate contact your Vet immediately! They can help you determine the the proper treatment for your pet.
Get him to the vet now!!   Chocolate can exterminate dogs!

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