Anyones dog get away with eating chocolate?!

(48 Posts)
TataClaire Mon 18-Mar-13 23:08:29

Very naughty 14.5 yr old doddery lab managed to find it in himself to steal a load of food off the worktop earlier despite it being pushed back and I realised he'd had three quarters of a 100g bar of dark fairtrade chocolate - he's done it loads of times before - he once stole an entire box of after eights - anyone elses dog get away with chocolate stealing?!

tabulahrasa Tue 19-Mar-13 07:50:45

My last dog ate 3 boxes of Belgian chocolates - they were sealed inside a box of other Christmas presents that had been delivered and I only left him to do the school run (app. 15 minutes).

He had the worst upset stomach for a couple of hours and then was fine.

MissPants Tue 19-Mar-13 08:08:51

Our Lab X once ate an entire bar of Baileys chocolate when he was about 9 months old. Swift trip to the vets but he was none the worse for it. Didn't need any treatment and shat everywhere profusely for a day.
I don't think the cocoa content is very high in Baileys chocolate so that probably helped. He's an avid advent calendar hunter too, I think he sees the cardboard and foil as a challenge grin

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Tue 19-Mar-13 08:11:53

BigDog (collie) has managed to steal loads. Most memorably an entire tub if celebrations (wrappers and all).

Only effects were manic hyperactivity and colourful poo.

TheCunnyFuntIsAGrittersFiancee Tue 19-Mar-13 08:26:02

My Greyhound stole half a big bag of Maltesers, and just before christmas he helpfully unwrapped and ate FILs box of After Eights to save FIL the task of doing it hmm luckily he was fine both times, he appears to have a cast iron stomach <phew>

My dozy dog will eat just about anything and does, on occasion steal chocolate... She's never had any ill effects up to now smile I think the cocoa content would have to be quite high for it to cause issues...

Noodled Tue 19-Mar-13 08:32:44

I think little theobromine or whatever it is in maltesers or after eights. Plenty in high coco solids bars...I would have gone to the vet. Mine ate a tub of coco powder once...that was expensive.

TataClaire Tue 19-Mar-13 09:22:09

It was typically high quality dark chocolate, I even slept in the lounge with him and checked him every time stirred and let him out etc and a couple of times he even got up to try and steal the cats food!! So far he's been normal!

diddl Tue 19-Mar-13 09:25:24

My dog ate two advent calendars & a third of a bar of whole nut!

No affects.

But he does seem to actively seek it out.

You can't leave any anywhere-other than in a cupboard!

When I was a kid our family dog used to get a finger of fudge for standing nicely outside the shop blush So daily basically!

seeker Tue 19-Mar-13 09:31:31

It is wierd this. I seem to remember dogs eating chocolate all the time when I was a child. Certainly my childhood dog did.

Is it dogs or chocolate that's different?

MerryMingeWhingesAgain Tue 19-Mar-13 09:31:58

Christmas before last, LittleStubbornDog broke into the children's Christmas stockings and ate quite a few gold coins. She left me several small vomits all over their beds later on and poo with shiny bits, but was otherwise ok.
Poor quality chocolate with less cocoa solids is less dangerous AFAIK.
They were left high up this year.

blinkedandmissedit Tue 19-Mar-13 10:21:57

Yes as a child our dog always had chocolate. I was rather shock to get to adulthood and find that they really shouldn't!

BiscuitsandBaileys Tue 19-Mar-13 11:31:42

Our 5 month old lab stole one minstrel on Saturday night. She woke us at 2:30am Sunday morning whining, I came down to find she'd had diarrhea in her crate. I had to hold my dressing gown over my nose <vom>
She weighs 17kgs so I was really surprised it had such an effect on her.

TataClaire Tue 19-Mar-13 11:52:39

well so far no effects except some really revolting smells as he lays asleep at my feet!! Fingers crossed!

diddl Tue 19-Mar-13 12:09:23

Blimey Biscuits-there's something that I never thought I'd writegrin

I thought that labs were supposed to have cast iron stomachs!

I remember our dog having "doggy chocs"-but we never gave our chocolate-not willingly, anywaygrin

TheCunnyFuntIsAGrittersFiancee Tue 19-Mar-13 12:13:45

I think I read something once that advises against giving them doggy chocolates because they get a taste for it and it makes them more inclined to steal it.

diddl Tue 19-Mar-13 12:21:25

Our current dog has never had doggy chocs-never seen any here tbh-but he stil has a real penchant for chocolate.

Not that I blame him...

BiscuitsandBaileys Tue 19-Mar-13 12:33:29

diddl grin
I also thought she would have had a cast iron stomach with the stuff she picks up on walks, a cigarette butt was this mornings treat of choice!

My dog ate a 100g bar of dark toblerone two days before Christmas. The vet told us he'd had 6 times the toxic dose, and he had to have an emetic and a charcoal clean out. He was a very poorly dog, and it cost close to £700 for his emergency treatment. I now won't allow dark chocolate in the house.

lovesmileandlaugh Tue 19-Mar-13 12:40:41

Mine had a stomach pump, charcoal and IV fluids after a box of Terry's All Gold. The vet said she was lucky because it nearly killed her! She said that so many dogs are killed, especially by dark/ plain chocolate. I couldn't have risked it!

Lamazeroo Tue 19-Mar-13 12:44:15

My mum's dogs (small poodle crosses) stole an entire block of dark chocolate. No worries.

colditz Tue 19-Mar-13 12:48:03

That is a huge amount of theobromine, please take him to the vet.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 19-Mar-13 12:50:46

depends on the definition of "got away".....my little pooch once got upstairs while we were out, both kids had a bag of mishapes that a friend had given them (their dad worked in a choc factory) the bags were about 1lb each.

she at the lot. foil included.

frantic call to vets....

i was up all night with her while she puked. and puked. and puked. and puked....(you get the picture) every time i laid on sofa she was off again...

and i swear she aimed for the rug each time. cos she was bringing it all back vet said just keep an eye on her....

yip both of mine have had illicit chocolate and survived but its really luck if they do to be honest!

my male dog also ate an entire large block of cheddar a few weeks ago - i dropped it on the floor and he pounced and ran under the bed with it!

i'd have lost my hand getting it off him so had to let him eat it. he wasnt a well boy....

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 19-Mar-13 13:50:30

The cocoa solids is a lot higher in chocolate than it was 30 years ago around 36% then 70% now in dark chocolate. So that is what has changed.
We don't know which dogs will be affected before they are effected and for some dogs it can be a fatal anaphylaxis so it is always advisable to check with a vet.

vintagecaravanhirelady Tue 19-Mar-13 14:14:26

My previous dog scoffed loads of Easter eggs once. Didn't do a thing, well apart from the fact he got a right telling off.

I recall my childhood Labrador eating loads of chocolate - again fine. Apparently certain dogs are highly allergic but not all. Think mine will have tried some given her noted thieving skills.

GemmaTeller Tue 19-Mar-13 14:24:14

Male boxer went in my work bag, rootled out a superdrug carrier bag, got that open and ate the family bag of minstels and two family size bars of galaxy.

No sickness, no tummy upset, nothing!

He has also eaten without any side effects, a whole lemon and a whole mango and last night ate a piece of fresh ginger.

My dog ate a tub of cocoa powder and had to be rushed to the vets. She was very sick.

The other dog ate a huge bag of raisins, before I knew they were bad for dogs, and despite some spectacular diarrhoea full of rehydrated grapes, was very quickly fine.

TataClaire Sat 23-Mar-13 09:11:47

Quick update- he was fine in the end, after a bit of diarrhoea and some revolting smells he was back to normal! Chocolate is now banned from the house as he always seems to sniff it out!

nurseneedshelp Sat 23-Mar-13 09:25:09

My shizhu ate a whole Terrys choc orange and was absolutely hyper for about 3 hours, sick all over my new carpetans then was fine

TwllBach Sat 23-Mar-13 09:31:16

Mine cruelly stole my advent calendar from the work top one year on the third of December and was fine.

I also opened a box of milk tray and left it on the sofa, only to come back and find she had eaten the top layer. No sickness, no poorly tummy, nothing!

mrsbungle Sat 23-Mar-13 09:36:56

My dog will eat ANYTHING and he has never been ill from it. He is a stealer. Any food left lying and he will steal it. He has been known to open the fridge and I have come in to carnage on many occasions! He is a naughty weimaraner.

He has eaten a whole box of guylian chocs. At least 2 advent calendars.

He once ate an entire block of butter. That cannot have tasted nice but he ate it anyway.

He is so good in all other ways - but around food it is like he is starved.

poachedeggs Sat 23-Mar-13 10:55:23

sMost milk chocolate contains only a small amount of cocoa solids, but dark chocolate can be very dangerous, particularly in the case of smaller dogs who only need to eat a very small quantity to exceed the toxic dose.

A lot of people on this thread seem think that it just causes digestive upset. In fact it can cause a range of effects including coma. It's much more sensible to seek veterinary advice to work out if the dose is harmful, then induce vomiting if required, than to sit at home waiting to see if a dog becomes ill. Once the signs of toxicity become apparent it may be too late.

So just because your dog has a "cast iron stomach", don't be complacent - it offers no protection I'm afraid sad

Owllady Mon 25-Mar-13 18:45:40

it is to do with the cocoa content rather than chocolate as such

a 100g 70% bar would depend on what weight your dog was as to what effect it would have

Owllady Mon 25-Mar-13 18:47:03

i would go to vets as well i am afraid

my older dog had a really frightening gastric experience prior to christmas and i was so glad i had rang the vet for advice (she had too be admitted for two days - from eating too many DOG treats!)

clam Mon 25-Mar-13 19:18:55

Well, I don't know about "get away with," as it cost me 200 quid at the OOH vet! He was only a puppy at the time though, and had snaffled half a dozen home-made truffles with high cocoa content.

tazzle22 Mon 25-Mar-13 19:35:32

I would never deliberately give a dog chocolate but my collie x springer managed to access a whole chocolate orange at the back of high dresser during the night. Luckily she was fine but we were very very careful with chocs after that .... always in cupboard.

Howeveer got caught out this xmas when soemone gave me a small box shaped pressie ( not usual chocolate box shape) that seemed very solid and as I recently diagnosed insulin resistant did not consider she would have give me chocs. We dressed the xmas tree then went out on boxing day to see family ......... only to have phone call form a dofferent friend who had gone in to let dogs out for us...... telling me pooch had opened my pressie to find (and eat ) some very expensive choc truffles eeeekkk

again she was fine.

I do not want tempt fate and try to see if she is tolerant rather than lucky !

glad your lab was ok.

diddl Tue 26-Mar-13 09:51:08

When my dog ate the Advent Calendars, I posted on here in a frenzy & someone put a link to types of choc/weights of dog & what should be OK.

Fairy-the tiniest amount of cheese gives my dog the runs!

But I'm guessing that it's the lactose?

happygardening Tue 26-Mar-13 10:22:12

My dog unbeknown to me ate a whole box of fair trade cocoa powder no ill effects at all!!!

happygardening Tue 26-Mar-13 10:23:00

He's 17kg by the way so I'm sure exceeded the recommended dose!!

poachedeggs Tue 26-Mar-13 11:25:46

Yay for him hmm

Mandytm Wed 27-Mar-13 11:57:41

The danger of chocolate for dogs isn't a digestive one - that they'll more than likely easily recover from. Poisoning from chocolate can cause seizures and neurological damage.

From my vet I understand it as, some dogs are fatally allergic to chocolate, most are not. To be safe they tell everyone to not give it to dogs incase their dog is allergic.

I took my boxer to the vet after he ate about 100g of 85% cocoa dark chocolate and luckily he was completely fine.

bottleofbeer Thu 28-Mar-13 14:52:13

My dog managed the great escape from the kitchen a few days before xmas, found a shit load of chocolate (four selection boxes and a huge toblerone) that were well hidden under my bed...)

We got home about half an hour later to find him really not very well, badly distended stomach and just basically sick.

Took him to the OOH vet who gave him an injection that made him instantly and violently sick. Luckily he was fine apart from not feeling himself the next day. Choc hangover. He's a big lad so not a diddy little thing and it didn't do him any good at all.

Lesson learned, my hiding place wasn't good enough. I'd personally get the dog checked because poisoning isn't immediate.

Naysa Thu 28-Mar-13 18:20:11

DP's Cavalier ate a v. large bar of Galaxy and apart from a dodgey tum she was fine.

lotsofdogshere Mon 01-Apr-13 09:11:17

our 12 month old cockapoo just found a small snickers bar in the garden, the builders must have left it. He was eating it when I saw him. An hour on, he seems fine - scary though. I am keeping an eye on him, and hoping he has some of the spaniel cast iron stomach that a spaniel I had years ago had. She ate anything and everything. Easter was her favourite time of year for stealth stealing chocolate, but she was never ill. Also, the news that chocolate could kill dogs hadn't reached me or any of my family at that time so we didn't know to panic.

WTFwasthat Mon 01-Apr-13 21:01:38

yes, my bastard puppy has eaten three so far - little fucker - I am not amused. This is over 3 days. And no, we have no been negligent - I have been as careful as I can about leaving them out of his reach. One he stole from my daughter's bedroom when he nipped through the stair gate and was up there like a whippet (he is not allowed access to u/s). The other he took from the table as my son was eating it and the last he took by, presumably, standing on teh armchair and getting it from teh fucking book shelf which is around 5 feet off the ground. he has had no apparent ill effects other than a swift whack on the arse and being hollered at for it. I find his food stealing antics very frustrating. He never stops

ajandjjmum Wed 24-Apr-13 18:27:00

DH is just on his way back from the vets, and £100 poorer, after taking black lab to be sorted after eating a discarded (triple chocolate!!!) muffin. There is no way chocolate is being banned from this house - I need it!

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