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My dog ate an entire 5 oz box of milk duds....

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25 Aug 2019

My dog ate an entire 5 oz box of milk duds. He vomited just a little bile, but nothing else. He is very restless and panting a lot. Should he go to a vet, or just wait it out?
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: Buster. He is 5. A terrier mix... probably around 10 lbs
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Buster?
Customer: He generally has a good digestive system.
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25 Aug 2019
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Hello! My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Buster vomited after swallowing an entire 5 oz box of Milk Duds. Is that a correct summary of what happened?

25 Aug 2019
Customer reply
25 Aug 2019
he only vomited once, and it was a very small amount. No he's panting a lot and is very restless.
25 Aug 2019
Customer reply
25 Aug 2019
Now he's panting
25 Aug 2019
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 Aug 2019
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

I am sorry about what happened. I can help with this. Can you please tell me about how long ago he swallowed the Milk Duds?

25 Aug 2019
Customer reply
25 Aug 2019
I wasn't home, but I'm guessing about 3 hours ago.
25 Aug 2019
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25 Aug 2019
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

OK, thanks. Do you happen to know about when he vomited?

25 Aug 2019
Customer reply
25 Aug 2019
About an hour ago
25 Aug 2019
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25 Aug 2019
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Although the box was 5 ounces, it did not contain that amount of milk chocolate. The amount of chocolate is less than that, but we do not know exactly how much was swallowed. Amounts up to 2 ounces of milk chocolate would cause symptoms of stomach and intestine distress, but amounts of 2.5 ounces or more would result in emergency attention. Therefore, if you have an ER veterinarian near you that you can take Buster, that would be the best thing to do so they can monitor the heart rate.

After vomiting, the next step of treatment is to give activated charcoal. Activated charcoal works as a binder, so it prevents absorption by the body and causes the toxin to be excreted with the stool. Charcoal is available over-the-counter at a human pharmacy. It comes as a 520 mg capsule. The amount to give is 4,500 mg, so that means you will need to give 9 capsules. This works easiest by breaking each capsule in a bowl, mixing with water, and giving with a syringe. You can also give it with food if that is easier. Charcoal is not toxic. However, it might cause the stool to turn black for a few days, but that is normal and it will resolve.

That is the next step of treatment, but an ER veterinarian could do this for you. They can also monitor the heart, which is important with this amount of chocolate that was swallowed. If you are unable to take him to the ER, then giving activated charcoal is recommended. You may find this at any human pharmacy such as Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS, etc.

25 Aug 2019
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25 Aug 2019
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Does that help to answer your question?

25 Aug 2019
Customer reply
25 Aug 2019
thank you.
25 Aug 2019
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25 Aug 2019
Scott Perry
Scott Perry

You are most welcome. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am here to help. If you have no questions, I would appreciate very much a positive review at the top of the screen when you get time. Leaving a review does not close out your question and you can come back any time to ask additional questions. A 5-star review helps me to continue assisting other people, so your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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