View Full Version : ACK! My dog ate 1/4 pan of brownies!
08-24-2005, 09:46 AM
So shortly after 6 am, while I was in the shower, my little boy jumped up onto the kitchen table and ate nearly 1/4 of the pan of chocolate iced brownies MIL had made for DH's birthday.
I woke DH up so he could help me make Scrappy throw up (squirted hydrogen peroxide into his throat with a turkey baster per the emergency pet clinic aide), but he puked up huge chunks of chocolate. And this is a little 10 pound terrier mix! The vet clinic aide said as long as he puked, he should be ok, so I'm so glad he puked up everything.
We then put him in the shower stall in case he needed to puke more later, since we both had to rush off to work. But now I'm so nervous sitting at work thinking he could be more seriously ill.
Is anyone able to offer any reassurance? Have you dealt with this before?
08-24-2005, 09:57 AM
I have dealt with this before however I've got a 55 lb dog with an iron stomach. She will eat anything, she steals everything she can, her new fav is fruit and veggies off of the counter. She has ate about a half a pan of brownies while SIL was watching her. She didn't make her throw up but the dog did that on her own in the middle of the night. My dog also eats kisses and mini peanutbutter cups wrapper and all if she can get ahold of them.
We did have to use peroxide on her once. I caught her getting into a bag of perscription meds of DH. He couldn't remember how many he had so we called the vet and followed their instructions to make her puke. She puked for a good half hour (lickily she hadn't gotten any pills) so if you just waited for your pup to puke once it's a good thing you put him in the shower.
Do you have a neighbor or family member that you could have go check up on him? Just to make sure he's alright?
08-24-2005, 10:06 AM
I've had to deal with this type of thing too.
At christmas we got a very nice gift basket containing chocolate bars/hot chocolate mix/popcorn/ other sorts of good stuff. We left our 2 dogs out for 20 min while we ran to the store. when we got home there was chocolate everywhere. they pulled the basket off the counter and had eaten all of the bars and carried around the packets of cocoa all around the house before eating them, leaving a brown trail on the carpet. We called the vet and made them throw up (i never realised the many uses of hydrogen peroxide until then) they were fine, and we didn't have to do anything else.
my brother's dog also ate an entire pan of brownies my mom had made for my brother's b-day (except the one my brother got to eat first) he did the same throw up trick and the dog was fine.
As long as you've talked to your vet and made him throw up i'm sure he'll be fine, just check him when you get home. call the vet back if you notice anything off with him.
i did have to bring the dogs in to get checked out the day they ate a bottle of excedrin, but that's a whole nother story :)
08-24-2005, 10:07 AM
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Sarah. I just wish my dog were bigger. He also actually has a very sensitive stomach (on "prescription" Science Hill ZD dog food that's only available at the vet's after he puked up everything else we tried like NutroMax and prescription ID dog food). That's quite ironic, since he was rescued off the street and eats anything he can get.
DH goes home for lunch, so I feel better knowing he'll be checking on him within a few hours, but it was so hard to leave for work worrying about him. I almost missed my bus (I take the express bus to work) and it's difficult for me to get home for a short period and then come back to work.
08-24-2005, 10:08 AM
Oh, cross posted at the same time Colleen did. Wow, didn't know this was such a common story! The brownies for a birthday link is funny, too!
08-24-2005, 10:24 AM
My dog once ate an entire Easter basket, grass and all. I don't think we ever made her throw up; she did that on her own. The grass made it's own way out of her later. :rolleyes:
Anyway, she was fine, and as long as your dog got everything out of his system, I'm sure he'll be fine, too. Just give him a check when you get home and make sure he's eating and acting normally.
08-24-2005, 10:27 AM
We had a half rottweiler half chow (he was actually mom's ex's, after he died, Bear went to live with mom) about 90lbs. whose absolute favorite treat in the world was chocolate. His daddy gave it to him his whole life. When he was 13 years old, couldn't see, could barely hear, and took five minutes to stand up, the ONLY thing that got him moving quicky was the rustle of a candy wrapper!
Granted, your dog is not 90lbs., but as long as he threw up most of it, he should be ok. Unless, of course, he's like my beagle mix, who tries to re-eat (eewwwwww) anytime she throws up.
Let us know what hubby finds when he goes home for lunch!
08-24-2005, 10:34 AM
My DH's dog ate a huge pan of pot brownies once. He had made them and I guess they were really powerful and he left them cooling on the counter, went to the bar with his friend and when he came back found the dog and the empty pan of brownies. I dont know how old she was at the time, but full grown she is about 80 pounds. So I dont think they were worried about the chocolate she ate as much as all the marajuana she ingested. Not very smart of my DH at the time but he was like 21 so what do you expect?
Anyways, he called his sister who worked at a vet office at the time and she said to just let the dog work thru it. It took a few days before she acted normal again I think. She spent alot of time in the corner of the room peeing. Poor thing! Needless to say my DH hasn't been that irresponsible again.
08-24-2005, 10:41 AM
My dog once ate a whole bag of chocolate candies, including the wrappers. We poured hydrogen peroxide down his throat til he puked. He was fine after that. He was 45lbs, so a medium sized dog.
I've been told that its the baking chocolate that is actually worse for them since it is more concentrated. I'm sure your dog is fine. This guy that used to work for my Mom fed his dog a chocolate candy bar everyday and his dog was just fine, he didn't believe us when we told him chocolate was not good for her.
08-24-2005, 11:40 AM
Growing up, our beagle (maybe 25 lbs) consumed an entire bag of Hersey's kisses, including foil wrappers...I think I remember him throwing up on his own, but what I definitely remember were the specks of shiny foil throughout his doggie droppings :p
I'm sure Scrappy will be fine!
08-24-2005, 12:30 PM
Thanks everyone! DH just reported that he let Scrappy out of the shower stall. But not even 10 minutes later, while DH was upstairs checking e-mail he heard a loud clatter. Apparently, the stubborn dog was BACK up on the kitchen table and licking a plate from DH's lunch and had accidentally pushed it off the edge.
So this must mean he is fine, since his appetite is back. I don't know why I was hoping he would actually learn it was a bad thing to be climbing up on the table. ARGH!
08-24-2005, 12:51 PM
What bad thing? The brownies tasted good, whatever's up on Daddy's plate must taste good, too! :p
Seriously, I'm glad he's ok.
08-24-2005, 02:14 PM
Well, you made him puke (good job!) so most of the bad stuff never got absorbed. Chocolate toxicity looks like a huge overdose of caffeine, but once it gets to that point there isn't a lot you can do. He should be fine!
08-24-2005, 03:40 PM
Thanks again. Can I just say it was so heartwrenching forcing that stuff down his throat? DH had to "reload" the turkey baster several times because I couldn't bring myself to hold his head firmly enough so that he could push it in towards the back of his throat. So I had hydrogen peroxide all over my clothes. After the third time of trying (but no vomiting yet at that point), I was about to just get up and pay the $150 the emergency vet clinic was going to charge us for them to administer a shot.
Zelda Von Yitz
08-24-2005, 05:39 PM
The other day my dog inhaled 10 Stella D'Oro breakfast treats. He left the evidence (open package) all over the computer room floor.
He also managed to neatly open the 17 pound bag of Natural Balance dog food. I don't know how much of it he ate, but the bag was knocked to the ground.
08-24-2005, 06:05 PM
My own dog ate a big box of chocolate on Christmas Day (it was my sister who forgot it on the floor after telling her to MAKE SURE it was all gone), so guess who was at the 7-11 at 10 at night buying the peroxide? And since there were no witnesses, both of my dogs got to drink it. It happens to the best of us. ;)
Smiles, I posted some info about dogs and chocolate poisoning in the Pet Links sticky at the top of the Pets section.
One of our dogs ate chocolate. They were imported dark chocolate truffles. They're pretty toxic so we had to rush him to the vet. They had him throwing up for a few hours and then gave him charcoal. He was not a happy dog.
08-24-2005, 07:35 PM
Your dog has good taste :)
08-24-2005, 07:50 PM
And what are you doing online missy???
08-25-2005, 06:34 AM
My mom's dog ate fudge several times over Christmas. :rolleyes:
I think it makes them really thirsty and dehydrated, so just be sure you're giving plenty of water too. Hopefully since he threw most of it up, he'll be fine.
01-22-2006, 07:43 AM
My 7.5 pound dog just found some choco on the kitchen counter while I was engrossed in homework. He ate 2 hershey's kisses and a minature almond joy!
The vet said he will be fine, he just may be throwing up and have the runs.
But he didn't say to make him throw up using hydrogen peroxide.
Should I get another opinion or do you think since he ate so little he will be fine?
I knew homework was hazardous to someone's health!!!! ;)
01-22-2006, 07:51 AM
He should be fine. If you are really concerned about it you could give him some hydrogen peroxide and get it out -- that won't hurt him either.
My 10 lb dog ate 2 or 3 Lindt chocolates the night before our wedding and she was fine. On the other hand, when she at half a bag of chocolate chips, she/we got to make a trip to the emergency vet clinic. :p
01-22-2006, 07:58 AM
My dog has eaten chocolate on numerous occasions and I've never given him hydrogen peroxide. Now, he's a golden and weighs 75 lbs, so he can certainly handle more than a small dog. But none of our vets have seems concerned about it. He's eaten entire pans of brownies, a whole bag of oreos, a bag of hershey kisses, a bag of reeses peanut butter cups, etc. I know it makes us sound like bad dog parents, but we really do try to keep everything put away!
Anyhow, we were told for his weight he would have to eat about a pound of concentrated chocolate (like baking chocolate) before it would have any real affect. In the meantime, we just give some milk of magnesium to help his system calm down a little and let nature work his course.
01-22-2006, 03:20 PM
2 kisses and a miniature chocolate bar shouldn't be a problem. :D
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