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    dog eating chocolate

    just went out the living room and came back to the remains of foil off a chocolate santa, i have heard it is bad for dogs, will it do him any harm? i have him out side to see if he will bring it back up.hes a 7 month old dogue de bordeaux

    david

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    I have always been lead to believe normal chocolate is bad for a dog, the christmas santas off the tree are mostly hollow so he may not have had too much hopefully. I believe it is somewhat toxic for dogs, sure the vets on here will advise you. deerwarden.

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    thanks, he seems ok hopfully no problems just need to keep my eye on him. david

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    Don't worry, we have always, 30 + years given our dogs chocolate, only the other morning shared a bag of giant cadburys buttons between our 4 jack russels and our lab, moderation is the key. One of the Jacks is a chocoholic, he can hear a wrapper rustle from 50 + yards.

    Jim

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    Milk or dark chocolate? Any idea how heavy the Santa was and roughly how heavy the dog is?

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    milk chocolate,around 10g of chocolate, hes around 20kg

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    Many years ago when I was a kid, my parents used to place our presents on the arm chairs and sofa at Christmas ( I have a brother and sister also ) we would come down on Christmas morning and open them.... Brilliant! We had a welsh collie who must of had a good sense of smell as one Christmas we came downstairs to find that he had ripped open and eaten two boxes of turkish delight from amongst the presents. All the other presents remained untouched....... The two boxes never did him any harm though!

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    [QUOTE=davidm;491847]just went out the living room and came back to the remains of foil off a chocolate santa, i have heard it is bad for dogs, will it do him any harm? i have him out side to see if he will bring it back up.hes a 7 month old dogue de bordeaux

    david[/QUOTE

    Chocolate is indeed toxic for dogs, the active ingredient being theobromine. The concentration of theobromine is higher in dark chocolate and a fairly good rule is that the more expensive and better quality the chocolate, the greater the risk of a toxic dose being eaten. Your Santa is likely to be cheap milk chocolate, mostly hollow as deer warden says. So unlikely to be a problem with just one. However if you are concerned about him - vomiting, dull etc then see your vet.
    If you'd like to know more: Merck Veterinary Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidm View Post
    milk chocolate,around 10g of chocolate, hes around 20kg
    No problem then.

    You might start seeing symptoms at 8-10g/kg milk chocolate. Double that and it could be serious. Halve the amounts for dark chocolate or less if really good quality. The dog needs to eat more than its bodyweight in white chocolate.

    Main signs are vomiting and diarrhoea with mild toxicity, progresses to rapid heart rate, confusion and even seizures. If anything weird happens ring the vet.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    thanks very much guys.he seems ok but will keep my eye on him.
    regards david
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