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Think he has had a coffee sachet, French bulldog, About

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Think he has had a coffee sachet
JA: What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: French bulldog
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the French Bulldog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: About 10mins
JA: When did the French Bulldog last see a vet? Is he taking any medications?
Customer: He hasn't seen a vet since we rescued him. No medication
JA: And what's the French Bulldog's name and age?
Customer: Stan 1yr
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Stan?
Customer: NoCustomer: Chat is completed
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
What does Stan weigh?
How much coffee was ingested and do we know the caffeine concentration?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
He weighs 11.6kg. Half a sachet. Unsure of caffeine content
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
Thank you.When you see a sachet, is this about a tablespoon of instant coffee?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
It was a caramel latte sachet
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
Ok, got it!Did it contain any xylitol sweetener?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
Good, OK.And he's currently not showing any signs, is this correct?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

While caffeine is more toxic to dogs than people, they can tolerate a small amount.

A dog of Stan's size should be able to tolerate about a tablespoon (30g) of coffee beans, without any toxic effects.

As Stan ate half of this amount and the sachet likely also contains milk, sugar and flavourings, it is likely he has not eaten enough caffeine for us to worry.

If Stan is not showing any signs, this is good.

However, it can take up to 2 hours for signs to occur.

We should look out for signs such as:

  • Fast breathing and heart rate
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Panting and tremors
  • Seizures

We can help by offering a meal of chicken and rice alongside plenty of water.

I suspect no signs will develop and no treatment should be needed.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

How does this all sound?

Do you have any further questions?

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

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