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GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 03:08 AM
it's sunday night at 11pm... ellie, my miniature schnauzer has eaten a bag of m&m's!!!

she's 16 lbs... ate what amounts to about one of those king size (i guess single serving) bags of peanut m&m's.

everything i'm reading is scaring the heck of me!

but if she's not she's not vomiting or acting hyperactive, does that mean she's ok???

noregrets
03-07-2011, 03:20 AM
http://petnutritioninfo.com/chocolate.htm

Might pay to call a 24hour vet? Not sure how many ounces of chocolate he/she ate?

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 03:21 AM
crap... why do all you dog lovers have to live on the east coast????

husband and sons playing back to back hockey games tonight and won't be home for at least an hour!

how can you guys sleep at time like this?

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 03:24 AM
http://petnutritioninfo.com/chocolate.htm

Might pay to call a 24hour vet? Not sure how many ounces of chocolate he/she ate?

24 hour vet... i didn't know there was such a thing!
THANKS... I WILL!

she ate about a 6 oz bag

GAC05
03-07-2011, 03:25 AM
http://www.ehow.com/video_2348709_make-dog-vomit.html

noregrets
03-07-2011, 03:27 AM
I am not sure where you are, but most vets around here have an after hours number to call.....hopefully the same for you. Hope it all goes well!!

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 03:45 AM
just called my vet, their message gave the number to a 24 emergency vet.

they said it's been too long to try and make her throw it up. but considering she ate a 6oz bag and a lot of that is peanut... she'll probably be ok. but if she starts throwing up or get diarrhea, to bring her in.

i sure hope they're right... ellie's been my constant companion for 5 years... i don't know what i do without her :(

i hate being alone when something goes wrong. my youngest is home but sick and already asleep.

thanks for your help guys!

i feel so dumb not knowing there were 24 hour vets

GAC05
03-07-2011, 03:50 AM
Good luck with this,
I had no idea chocolate was that bad for dogs.

wayne k
guam usa

phototec
03-07-2011, 04:03 AM
Here is a chart to determine how much is bad for your doggie:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/10/pets/chocolate-chart-interactive.html

I think I would take her to the Vet in the morning for a checkup, I have read It takes about 7 1/2 hours for half of the theobromine to be removed from the body and another 7 1/2 hours for half of what is left to be removed and so on.

I hope all goes well, she is ok!

shakey0818
03-07-2011, 04:11 AM
Gl GG please keep us updated.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 04:30 AM
Here is a chart to determine how much is bad for your doggie:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/10/pets/chocolate-chart-interactive.html

I think I would take her to the Vet in the morning for a checkup, I have read It takes about 7 1/2 hours for half of the theobromine to be removed from the body and another 7 1/2 hours for half of what is left to be removed and so on.

I hope all goes well, she is ok!

wow... that's a great way to check to the amount of chocolate against the weight of your dog for the level of danger. other sites had similar info, but you had to do the calculations yourself... i'm not even good at math when i not stressed.

16 lb dog / milk chocolate

2.28 oz. Vomiting and Diarrhea
4.57 oz. Rapid Heartbeat
6.86 oz. Tremors and Seizures
11.43 oz. Potential Death

scary... but important to know!

been at least 2 hours now... so far so good.

shakey0818
03-07-2011, 04:36 AM
Thats good hes ok . probably no worries then.But i could have used that formula last night when i ate 20 mini packs of skittles.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 05:17 AM
it was like a series of unfortunate events...

it all started yesterday, when my husband and i ate my youngest son's little bag of m&m's.

while i was out today, i bought him a big bag to replace the one we ate. turned out he wasn't feeling well and set it on the coffee table while he watched tv, but then fell asleep.

ellie never leaves my side unless someone in the house is sick... she always cuddles up to whoever isn't feeling well.

a little before 9 pm my son got up and wanted some soup. i think it was around 9:30 that he went to bed and i was doing dishes, that ellie pulled off the candy heist.... the little punk.

is the lesson...
a) don't steal your kid's candy
b) don't give candy to sick kids
c) don't leave candy on the coffee table
d) don't do dishes

i'm going with all of the above, except don't steal your kid's candy.... everything would have been fine if the story ended there.

1:15 am, she still seems okay. don't think i'll be sleeping tonight though.

shakey0818
03-07-2011, 05:52 AM
I fell asleep for 1/2 hr tonight with the window open i woke up to something hitting my foot.the dam raccoon i just fed an hour b4 that came in ate the cats roof and had the balls to wake me up and feed him again.Im really glad ya dogs gonna be ok. I cant stand it to see animals in danger or hurt especially when they are such good companions.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 06:03 AM
thanks shakey... she truly is a great companion!

is that raccoon your pet, or the little guy just comes in because he knows you'll feed him?

shakey0818
03-07-2011, 06:23 AM
He is wild theres 4 coming around now 2 come in a little and i can pet and hand feed them.The others are still hibernating.but at the peak last year i was sitting outside surrounded by 8-12 of them while they ate.Not to mention the 3 possum that im scared of and the 4 skunks that are a little temperamental.Costs more than $100 a month to feed but its well worth it.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 06:43 AM
wow shakey... you really are an animal lover! :U Rock:

shakey0818
03-07-2011, 06:59 AM
Ty,Yeah i am it started out just throwing leftovers and food outside and trying to get close to these 2 raccoons,they became so comfortable when they each had 4 babies they brought them around too.It still amazes me how gentle wild animals can till i forget who is who and get bit.Have a good night GG and try to get some sleep.:Sleeping:

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 07:02 AM
good night shakey... thanks for keeping me company.

artbot
03-07-2011, 07:16 AM
my maltipoo ate a whole box of dark chocolate zone bars once. no problem. although chocolate is bad for dogs, from what i've heard, it's long term exposure to chocolate that is truly bad.

Jillbeans
03-07-2011, 08:11 AM
Hope she's OK this morning.
I never knew chocolate was bad for dogs (not that I ever fed it to them) until a few years ago when a woman on another forum almost lost her dog due to her eating some chocolate, I think it got into some Valentine's Day candy on the coffee table.
My sister had a big boxer named Gretchen who routinely sniffed out and ate only the best home made chocolate* when the family would go out on Friday nights.
The worst thing that happened to Gretchen was that my sister would holler at her and she'd tuck her butt down, with her little stub of a tail, and look deeply ashamed of herself.
Love.....Jill
*not the spring surprize a la MPFC.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 08:31 AM
i'm still up watching her. she sleeping so soundly it's almost worrying me... like she's in a little coco coma. is that possible? thought it was suppose to make them hyper.

signmeup
03-07-2011, 09:10 AM
There isn't much chocolate in 6 oz of peanut M&Ms. I'm guessing it's the coco and caffein that gives dogs trouble. There's even less of that in crappy chocolate like M&Ms would have. Hope your little dog's OK.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 09:11 AM
wasn't liking how drowsy she seemed, so i decided to do a little test. she's crazy about string cheese... she could be outside and hear the wrapper being opened inside behind closed doors.

so while she was sleeping on the couch i went to the fridge, and didn't even one get string cheese separated from the others and she was already at my feet doing a little happy cheese dance.

maybe she was just extra sleepy because it's 5 am and some crazy lady has been disturbing her sleep all night.

so... she fine and if i hurry... i can still get 2.5 hours of sleep!

good night and thanks for the advice, company and concern,
xoxo -gg

The Equipment Guy
03-07-2011, 09:41 AM
We used to feed our dogs chocolate all the time...then milk started giving folks cancer and chocolate became bad for dogs, spanking your kids destroyed them for life...

Ok, I don't do the above except for drinking milk, but I have known many dog owners over my life time and even had some get into chocolate myself (Including chocolate covered doggy laxatives, but I am not sure if doggy "safe" chocolate in 2 litre jugs, eaten including the plastic jug is the same situation) but I do know, I have never heard anyone tell me, "my poor dog died of chocolate eating" or even had much bad experience however...

My back yard after the laxitives did suffer though...

Hope your little guy(s) feel ok.

Craig

gabagoo
03-07-2011, 10:09 AM
I remember giving our dog chocolate, years ago before it became known or publicised that chocolate was indeed bad for them. Gigi were they the M&M's peanut or the chocolat ones?

On a similar note, my wife buys almonds and then she roasts them in the oven and I grab a handful to munch on whenever I pass the kitchen... Well good ol Toby sits there begging so I give her one to see if she likes them and she loves them. I figure, hey, they are good for us so why not a dog.
I toss her 4 or 5 each time I grab some over a 2 week period and then something weird happens to her, and she becomes listless and cant seem to climb the stairs well, or walk on leash at a normal pace. Coincidental? maybe, but I check on line and it is written that almonds contain traces of cyanide!!! Maybe I have been poisoning my dog?
Well she's off them now forever but still her climbing and walking suffer.. Could be a hip issue but it started to fast or maybe she tore a muscle or ligament.. who knows... all I do know is that the vet is going to rape me over this, that I am sure of.

John Butto
03-07-2011, 10:18 AM
Had a dog that use to steal and eat chocolate like yours and he lived to be 17 years old. But on the other hand, I did give a cat aspirin once when it was sick and almost killed it.

showcase 66
03-07-2011, 10:19 AM
When I was around 5 years old. My parents had a poodle that loved m&m's. My parents had a candy dish they had on the coffee table and this dog would not eat out of the dish but would jump into the side of the table knocking m&m's out. These he would eat. Never had any trouble until he was 13 years old.

Border
03-07-2011, 10:24 AM
Wow, sorry I missed this one last night, I could have given you a comforting story. I've heard that it the dark chocolate, more like the stuff you would use in cooking, that is dangerous to dogs.
My dog Kirby, on separate occasions years ago, got into my daughter's Halloween stash and ate an entire 1 pound Hershey bar....Twice! Plus a plethora of other candy.

He never so much as burped or farted and seemed totally fine. I figured he'd at least get the runs or something nasty like that. He's only 27 lbs so not a big dog either.

Woof!

MikePro
03-07-2011, 10:26 AM
my dogs get into my chocolate stashes all the time! ....once eating what seemed to be one of their own body weight in chocolate! never anything worse than an afternoon cleaning up random spots of "chocolate" stains out of the carpet with Resolve. I don't think I've known anyone to lose their dog to chocolate poisoning.
I'm sure it can happen, but would have to be enough for them to drown in it.
(like how Farvah's character drowned in beer while trying to drink his way out in Beerfest!)

showcase 66
03-07-2011, 10:31 AM
(like how Farvah's character drowned in beer while trying to drink his way out in Beerfest!)
One of my favorite movies! And Farvah was super troopers. Landfill was beerfest

JR's
03-07-2011, 10:34 AM
ellie never leaves my side unless someone in the house is sick... she always cuddles up to whoever isn't feeling well.


now that is a Good Dog. I hope every thing went OK.

JR

signcrafters london
03-07-2011, 10:36 AM
Grapes are bad, too. Mine loves them. I used to feed them to her all the time until I discovered they were harmful a couple of years ago.

hightop
03-07-2011, 11:03 AM
My great dane LOVES chocolate. We dont give it to him regularly, but will give him a little now and then. The vet said he would have to eat 10 lbs or more to make him sick. He's a 110 lb lap dog!!! I hope your little one is feeling okay!

jiarby
03-07-2011, 11:44 AM
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/10/pets/chocolate-chart-interactive

Probably not as much actual cocoa (with theobromine) in the M&M's as you wish there was.

omgsideburns
03-07-2011, 11:47 AM
I wouldn't panic.. my parents dog steals candy bars all the time. Can't get rid of the thing if they try.

My dog just eats his toys. It's fun to see all the colors he leaves in yard.

watsons signs
03-07-2011, 11:58 AM
My friend used to work for Cadburys, one day her dog got into a box of creme eggs she had in the closet, he ate like 18 of them, wrappers and all. He was fine, but it apparently wasn't fun cleaning liquid cr@p off the dogs fur for 3 days!!

cptcorn
03-07-2011, 12:45 PM
For future reference.

If this ever happens again and it's involving an amount of chocolate that concerns you, pour hydrogen peroxide down the dog's throat. They will vomit. A lot.

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 01:31 PM
good morning all...

last night was a tough... i'm usually a pretty cool cookie under stressful situations... but when i realized what had happened, i scooped ellie up and was looking at her cute little face, i really did worry i might lose her.

i did manage to pull myself together when it became obvious that even though she's little, she couldn't have gotten enough chocolate to kill her... but still... it was like a roller-coaster, thinking she was fine and then worried she wasn't.

i'm going to need all of your phone numbers so i can call you in the middle of the night just in case you forget your suppose to be here 24/7 for any question i might have. hehe

what a great place this is... even though it turned out not to be an emergency... coming here and finding a few S101 addicts was not only helpful, but a nice distraction.

it's great to hear your stories... from now on... check with me before you go to sleep... in case i need a someone to tell me a story.

you guys are great... love ya!

Kottwitz-Graphics
03-07-2011, 01:37 PM
My Mom raised Basset Hounds when I was a kid, and we always had them in the house. And I don't know what it is about them, but they prefered Oreo cookies to scraps of meat...

Once when they were going out of town for the weekend to their fishing camp, they made a trip to the grocery store. They left the groceries on a low table in the back room, and their Basset, Peco, got into it, and ate a whole bag of semi sweet chocolate chips, then went after a bag of chocolate bark... needless to say, that dog got sick, and threw it up, but there was no harm done to him. And it never curbed his chocolate cravings...

TheSellOut
03-07-2011, 01:39 PM
lol...Glad your dog is OK! I wish I was on last night to help out and settle your nerves! My wife is a Vet Tech and we go through this every so often with our "chocoholic mutt"! If you catch it soon enough, making your dog ingest some hydrogen peroxide will induce vomiting!

FrankenSigns.biz
03-07-2011, 01:40 PM
I had a small puppy get into a bag of milk chocolate once as well. The vet told me milk chocolate is no where near as bad a bakers chocolate. My guess is your dog will be fine.

DrSteveBrule
03-07-2011, 03:33 PM
For future reference.

If this ever happens again and it's involving an amount of chocolate that concerns you, pour hydrogen peroxide down the dog's throat. They will vomit. A lot.

+1 http://www.ehow.com/how_2212541_make-dog-vomit-using-hydrogen.html

btropical.com
03-07-2011, 03:58 PM
:cool:This thread is worthless without pictures of the poop/diarhea side effects of this event Oh and get some of the dogs .hope doggy is doing well!

GypsyGraphics
03-07-2011, 04:45 PM
:cool:This thread is worthless without pictures of the poop/diarhea side effects of this event Oh and get some of the dogs .hope doggy is doing well!

you got it.... i'll even do ya one better and take a little video! although... i'd have no idea how to post it. so maybe just pic of my little chocolate love'n punk... she's just adorable if i do say so myself.