Help! My Dog Ate Chocolate…

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Chocolate may be one snack you don’t want to share with your furry family members.

Is chocolate poisonous to dogs?

Not all chocolate contains the same amount of cocoa, so different kinds of chocolate may be more or less poisonous to our dogs.

How much chocolate does my dog need to eat to get sick?

What are the symptoms of chocolate poisoning?

If only a small amount of chocolate has been eaten, then this may cause no symptoms at all. 

What should I do if my dog has eaten chocolate?


  • FAQ

This depends on the size of the dog, and on how much cocoa the chocolate contains. For a chihuahua or Pomeranian, even an ounce of rich dark chocolate can sadly be fatal; a larger dog may be able to eat more. If your dog has eaten chocolate, speak to your veterinarian for advice.

The poisonous compounds in chocolate – methylxanthines – are absorbed quickly into the dog’s body, and symptoms may appear as soon as 1-4 hours after eating chocolate, though it is normally around 8-12 hours later. 

It can take several days for the toxins to leave the dog’s body, so treatment may need to be continued for some time after their symptoms start improving. 

Most dogs will survive chocolate poisoning, especially if they are treated quickly!  Your veterinarian can give your dog an injection to make them vomit, which may get rid of most of the poisonous compounds before they can be absorbed. In more serious cases, dogs will need to be admitted to the hospital for more intensive treatment.

Ruth graduated from Cambridge in 2014 and has worked as a small animal GP vet ever since. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, as it combines her love of problem-solving and her somewhat geeky love of knowledge, and has completed her certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She loves animals of all species but is particularly fond of cats.

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