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Old 12-26-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Christmas Emergency!

Well, we had quite the Christmas evening last night. My husband left his full stocking on the ottoman in the living room. After dinner we were down in the family room and Murphy went upstairs and did not come back. I went up to investigate and there he was happily eating a dark chocolate candy bar with nuts! He ate almost 2 oz worth so we immediately took him to the animal ER hospital which is 10 minutes away. Murphy did not even have time to feel ill. They made him vomit, gave him the charcoal, fluids and medicine. They said he was borderline on whether he needed to stay and get the IV and monitoring. The Dr. said he would probably be fine going home, but had to go through the list of things that could go wrong. This freaked my daughter out even more than she already was. We decided it would be less stressful for Murphy to bring him home. He seems to be doing fine. He just was up about every hour all night long going out to pee and drink water. This is what the vet wanted him to do, so he is showing no signs of toxicity.

I am not sure if Murphy even knows something was wrong. He was his happy self at the vet and at home. I, on the other hand, had a few gray hairs added!

The reason we went straight to the ER (called them first) rather than inducing vomiting ourselves was that Murphy ate 2 oz of dark chocolate which is close to the lethal level for a dog his size. We were close enough to the vet to have them do it and then they could examine what came out to determine how much was left in his system. Luckily his dinner had left his system so they only found chocolate and nuts.

Keep your chocolate up high and out of reach of dogs!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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hope he's alright. Yep , lesson learned, thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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When I worked at the animal hospital we almost always had that type of emergency come in around the holidays. Halloween was a big culprit too. I always felt so bad sitting with some poor baby waiting for him or her to heave up all the chocolate. Not the most favorite part of my job. Glad Murphy is doing ok.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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That must have been so scary! I'm glad you found him so quickly and were able to get him to the hospital. I'm always suspicous when they disappear for a while.

Hope Murphy has no ill effects from his little candy adventure.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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Poor Murphy. I'd have been scared to death. I'm glad he's alright, though!
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #6
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Poor Murphy-poor you & you family. This is the very reason I never have chocolate out during the holiday. Too busy of a time to watch the fur kids. Hard lesson learned but so glad all was okay.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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Poor you and your family!!! Scary! Chocolate never lasts long enough for the dogs to find it hear and I try not to buy it. These things always seem to happen on the holidays. He probably is unaware of the scare.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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Scary! All the instructors at our training center made a BIG deal out of keeping our dogs safe and out of trouble over the holidays. Glad to hear the little guy is doing well.

We had a similar scare with Kodi when he was at that get-into-everything adolescent stage. He pilfered cold medicine out of a guests purse. We only found the foil wrapper on the floor, so had no idea how much (if anything) he actually swallowed. He didn't have to go to the vet (we talked to them and poison control on the phone) but we had to give him Hydrogen peroxide and wait till he emptied his stomach that way. That was a bad night too!
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #9
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Years ago my Gordon Setter ate Christmas chocolate kisses and her poop was decorated with red,green and sliver foil. Too funny! at the time I didn't know how dangerous this could be! Glad your pup is ok,and you found out in time!
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #10
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Oh may that sounds terrible glad you live close to the ER vet.
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