So the dog has just eaten two Advent Calendars...

(23 Posts)
MothershipG Fri 30-Nov-12 21:10:54

Just to add that xylitol which is commonly found in sugar free gum, can also be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs. It causes their blood sugar levels to plumet. So that's another one to watch out for!

My dogs once ate a huge bag of dry rice and pebble dashed the Utility Room. That was... um... spectacular!

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Fri 30-Nov-12 20:28:10

When I was a kid our old english sheepdog ate an entire bowl of liquorice allsorts
shock You can imagine the unpleasantness the next day envy <- sick, not jealousy!

Hope he stays OK diddl.

RedwingWinter Fri 30-Nov-12 16:51:52

Ugh that's gross, LtEve!

Glad to hear he's doing well, Diddl smile

LtEveDallas Fri 30-Nov-12 11:17:28

It was shocking diddl, and worse (for me) was that I'd taken him outside when half started coming out - I had to pull a leg out of his bum <<brain bleach>> grin

Poor old boss spends an awful lot of time having to dig through poo to check things have come out! (he had one of DDs socks once, boss asked if we wanted it back...um, that would be a no!)

Yes, after 18 hours I think the worse you'd have would be a wet/smelly poo.

<<why do we put ourselves through it emoticon>>

diddl Fri 30-Nov-12 11:10:41

He´s a GSDX, Eve

Well I won´t relax completely yet, then, but hopefully it won´t be worse than a bad poo after this time?

Laughing at the leggings!

GrimmaTheNome Fri 30-Nov-12 11:04:41

>She has taken money & will shop on the way home from school
Good for her! yes, don't argue with her on that one!

Our dog (12 kg dachs) ate a quarter of a milk chocolate orange on my DDs 13th birthday. We rang vet (while friend who wants to be a vet googled on her phone and worked out the dosage too, bless her) and agreement was that this was well below dangerous limits - no ill effects at all. DH always gets a bar of 95% chocolate for xmas, we're very careful to keep that out of the way.

LtEveDallas Fri 30-Nov-12 11:00:16

What sort of dog is it diddl? I've come to the conclusion that Cocker Spaniels have steel stomachs. My bosses Cocker eats everything. If its not nailed down, he eats it, from clothes to plastic bags to onions and bananas! He brings it back up eventually (if it's not actually food - a whole pair of leggings once shock ) but it never seems to bother him.

He really is a canine dustbin grin

(oh, I've just thought, when BossDog does bring things back up - or out - it tends to take 24 hours, so you may not want to relax just yet)

diddl Fri 30-Nov-12 10:50:53

Well we´ve just return from walkies/poo patrol & I´m happy to report nothing untoward.

It´s been about 18hrs since he ate it, so I´m hoping all´s OK.

I´m just kicking myself for being too lazy to put the stuff out of reach/away in a cupboard.

I suppose stupidly I never thought he´d smell it through the cellophaneblush

When I still lived with my parents we had a dog & used to give him "doggy choc drops".

I think that was thinking they had less fat/sugar-not because we thought that chocolate was poisonous.

It seems to be the luck of the draw as regards type of chocolate/weight of dog & even then perhaps the dog´s constitution-unless they really have eaten a massive amount.

WitchOfEndor Fri 30-Nov-12 09:31:17

My old dog (in the days before we knew about chocolate being a problem) went into my room on Christmas Eve and unwrapped and licked a 600g bar of Wholenut! All that was left was a little bit in each corner where she couldn't quite get to it, and about 20 hazelnuts! She was out of the room for over half an hour before we realised she wasn't sitting in her bed, and I think it took her that whole time to lick through the chocolate. She wasn't even sick, just wouldn't look anyone in the eye. We used to keep the coffee and coconut chocolates from tins for her. Our ignorance was amazing, I can't believe she lasted 16 years! We are much more careful with our dog now, he doesn't really get any treats ( unless you count boiled egg yolks if DS doesn't want his)

musicalendorphins Fri 30-Nov-12 09:07:29

My dog ate my sons chocolates one year, he was about 10 pounds at the time, and he didn't get ill. Another time he ate tons of halloween candy, even gum,. It was all in a pillowcase and he chewed through the corner. He ate the wrappers of the gum as well. He was ok.

LtEveDallas Fri 30-Nov-12 09:05:24

Just keep an eye on him diddl. MuttDog had a terrible reaction to chocolate when she was a pup - but it was a family sized bar of glaxay and she was only 10kgs at the time!

If he seems sick or lethargic, or conversely agitated and panting then get him to the vet. Otherwise he'll probably just have the runs (good luck picking that up <<boak>>)

(when I was a kid we had a dog that managed to eat 7 Easter eggs in a hour shock she was fine - not even sick!)

1MitchellMum Fri 30-Nov-12 08:59:31

Don't blame yourself, they can usually sniff out food at a great distance! At least you knew chocolate can be toxic to dogs - I didn't when my two got at some about 15 years ago, but were OK thankfully. You know your own dog and if you're worried then go to the vet. Glad your daughter's sorted the situation!

GreatUncleEddie Fri 30-Nov-12 07:57:22

You rang the vet because your puppy ate a piece of cake shock

diddl Fri 30-Nov-12 07:52:43

Vet said just to keep an eye on him.

He sleeps in my daughter´s room so she would have heard if he had been sick/needed the toilet in the night.

She is still worried though & I am under instructions not to leave him today but to lay with him on the sofa & not go shopping

She has taken money & will shop on the way home from schoolshock

Sometimes, you just have to do what your teenage daughter says!

Off for a walk with doggy soon so will be watching poo with interestblushgrin

spudballoo Thu 29-Nov-12 20:37:33

Oh no, poor you! My 9mth old puppy was locked in the kitchen at the weekend by my husband, who didn't think the party bag on the counter was an issue. Of course it had choc birthday cake in it. Luckily I came home 30 mins later and he had thrown up spectacularly. I rang the vet who said he wasn't concerned as it was a small piece of cake, made from cocoa powder and the the puppy is 25kg. I would ring the vet to see. Oh how vexing, bliming dogs!

RedwingWinter Thu 29-Nov-12 20:06:32

Speak to your vet. They will calculate the likely amount of theobromine consumed [the bit that's toxic to dogs] relative to body weight, and know whether or not they need to induce vomiting.

Milk chocolate is not as bad as dark chocolate because it contains less theobromine. But the size of the dog matters too - it's much more serious for small dogs. Either way, 48 pieces sounds like a lot so you should speak to your vet.

shoutymcshoutsmum Thu 29-Nov-12 18:30:55

We took our dog to the vet to induce vomiting after he ate chocolate chip brioches. We were told that it depends on the dog (some will react adversely, some will not) and depends on the chocolate so the higher the coca solids the riskier it is. I was surprised they induced vomiting but supposedly cooking chocolate a risky one too.

diddl Thu 29-Nov-12 17:42:55

Looked at the chart & he appears to be in line for D&V but missed the rapid heartbeat according to that!

babesdontlie Thu 29-Nov-12 17:35:34

My boxer rummaged in my handbag, pulled out a superdrug carrier bag, got that open and ate a family bag of minstrels and two £1 bars of galaxy (the special offer larger sized ones).

He was fine, wasn't even sick.

You could ring the vets for reassurance.

diddl Thu 29-Nov-12 17:29:42

Well he looks OK atm!

I´m stunned!

I´d stuffed them down the side of a cupboard in my bedroom.

They were sealed in plastic as well!

I´m so cross with myself for not thinking.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 29-Nov-12 17:27:29

There's a chart on the national geographic website that tells you how much is harmful to each dog and their weight.

I'm really sorry I can't link, my copy button isn't working but if you google "national geographic dog chocolate chart", it should come up.

Hope he is fine.

diddl Thu 29-Nov-12 17:21:17

The choccy ones.

So 48 pieces of small chocolate.

Will he be OK??

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