Your vet can assess how much chocolate your pet may have eaten, and the risk. Treatment depends on the amount eaten and how long ago it was eaten.
If your pet goes to the clinic, your vet can provide supportive care to help stabilise your pet and promote excretion of the theobromine. Dogs may be induced to vomit if ingestion was recent enough, or given liquid activated charcoal to reduce absorption from the intestines into the bloodstream. Supportive care often includes putting your pet on a drip and hospitalising them to be monitored under the care of the vet team. In severe cases heart and seizure drugs may be used, but thankfully this level of toxicity is rare. Unfortunately there is no ‘cure’ and your pet can only be managed until the toxins have left the body.
With the abundance of treats and toys available, there are plenty of ways to pamper your pet without giving them chocolate. Accidents do happen though, especially at times of year with large amounts of chocolate in the house, and your local Vets4Pets team are available to provide support, advice and care if it does.
Think your pet has eaten chocolate? Contact your local Vets4Pets to get advice.