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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog ate dark chocolate and is hyper active, his name is

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hi, my dog ate dark chocolate and is hyper active
JA: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is your dog's name and age?
Customer: his name is ***** ***** he's a year old . he's 10 kg - jack russel cross
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Joy?
Customer: he is otherwise healthy
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Joy. Can you tell me how many grams or ounces of dark chocolate was ingested? Do you know the % cocoa content of the chocolate?

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
He had about 60 grams of dark chocolate 70% cocoa content. He is behaving like his happy self - good appetite, drinking, as usual, he had diarrhoea right afterwards but no vomiting and no seizures
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
what signs should I be looking for to know if we need to seek emergency veterinary care? or should I not wait for any signs and take him to the vet anyway

Thank you. He would have needed to ingest ~1/2 ounce per kg of body weight = 5 ounces of 70% cocoa - to suffer from theobromine toxicity - vomiting, agitation, tremors soon after ingestion. He ingested just 2 ounces and so transient agitation was expected (and seen) but he'll remain safe with no lasting adverse effects. There's no need to induce emesis nor treat in any manner. Please respond with further questions or concerns.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
ok. great. this was very very helpful !!!

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