Safety First This Halloween

Safety First This Halloween

Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, similar to caffeine, that’s poisonous to dogs. The amount of theobromine depends on the type of chocolate. Theobromine mainly affects the stomach, heart, central nervous system, and kidneys. You’ll see the symptoms of theobromine poisoning between 4 and 24 hours after your dog has eaten chocolate. The symptoms are: vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, hyperactivity, rapid breathing, muscle tension, incoordination and seizures.

Be sure that you keep all of the candy somewhere your dog won't be able to reach it. Remember, some dogs will climb onto tables and counters to sneak a bite! Don't leave your dog unsupervised around candy he can reach, and make sure that you put all candy safely away when you're not eating it. Just in case something does happen and your dog snags himself one of your treats, get him to an emergency vet right away, it will help to know his weight too.

There is no antidote to theobromine. In most cases, your vet will make your dog vomit.  They may wash out the stomach and feed activated charcoal which will absorb any theobromine left in the intestine. Other treatments will depend on the signs your dog is showing.

They may also need intravenous fluids (a drip), medication to control heart rate, blood pressure and seizure activity. With prompt intervention and treatment, the prognosis for a poisoned dog is usually good — even in those who have eaten large amounts.

 

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