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My 7 cavapoo has just eaten a chocolate covered raising.

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My 7 kilo cavapoo has just eaten a chocolate covered raising. Just the one. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long ago?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Approx 30 minutes
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Thank you,

Now in regards ***** ***** question, we do have to be concerned here. The chocolate dose is negligible but the raisin in a worry. This is because the toxin in grapes/raisin has not been isolated (so scientists don't have a safe/dangerous dose) but we know that some dogs can develop kidney failure with even one raisin.

Therefore, if Betty just had this, we need to get it out of her stomach now. To induce vomiting, you can use plain soda crystals. You just want to take a small handful, mix it with water to make a paste, roll that into a ball, and put this right in the back of the throat for him to swallow. This usually will trigger vomiting.. If it doesn't or you do not have soda crystals on hand, then you can have him seen urgently by your local ER vet so that apomorhpine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

Otherwise, we'd need to monitor her closely but if we see increased thirst/urination or watery urine; then those would be signs that this has harmed her kidneys and she may need supportive care for this. But really we do need to be proactive here to avoid that risk. So, I would suggest using the above now or ring her vets. Even if they are closed most veterinary practices here do have contingency plans for emergency care for their patients even when they are not open. Therefore, it is worth ringing the practice as they will likely have a message to direct you on how to contact their out of hours service. And if you don't have a vet, you can find one local to you via the RCVS Register (http://findavet.rcvs.org.uk/find-a-vet/) to find your local vets or Vets Now (http://www.vets-now.com/find-an-emergency-vet/) who are open all nights/weekends and can help us keep her from harm.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thanks for the advice. Betty is registered with a local vets practice so I will call their out of hours service. Thanks again for the answer and information.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

You are very welcome, my dear.

That would be the safest option for Betty to ensure this causes no issue for her.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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