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Urgence Veterinaire Geneve

Urgence Veterinaire Geneve

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You must call a Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve if you suspect that your dog has eaten any chocolate. Dogs are unable to metabolize this element quickly enough to prevent poisoning.
You must call a Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve if you suspect that your dog has eaten any chocolate. Dogs are unable to metabolize this element quickly enough to prevent poisoning.

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Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs You must call a Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve if you suspect that your dog has eaten any chocolate. Dogs are unable to metabolize this element quickly enough to prevent poisoning. The Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve may induce vomiting in dogs that have recently ingested chocolate. We've all heard it, "Don't give your dog chocolate it will kill him". Dogs are known for eating things when they are not supposed to. Also, dogs have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy to find any secret hiding spots for the chocolate. Once dogs have tasted chocolate, they want more. And for dogs, that's a bad thing. Dogs that ingest large quantities of the two toxins may suffer irregular heartbeats and even death. Dogs that consume small quantities of chocolate may show no symptoms. Dogs that have consumed chocolate may tremble or show exaggerated responses to noises and other stimuli. Dogs with severe chocolate intoxication may suffer from seizures.

Dogs with severe chocolate intoxication usually are hospitalized for intensive supportive treatment. Chocolate contains two compounds, caffeine and theobromine, that are poisonous to dogs. Caffeine and theobromine are related compounds, and have similar effects on dogs. Different types of chocolate pose different risks to dogs. In most cases, dogs must consume relatively large quantities of chocolate before serious adverse effects occur. However, because of the potential for major complications, owners of dogs that consume chocolate

should consult a Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve to determine the risk level. Any dog that has access to chocolate is at risk. Some dogs display an individual affinity for the taste of chocolate, and will seek it out if it is available. These dogs often consume chocolate multiple times over their lives. Small dogs are at greater risk of chocolate toxicity than large dogs. The effects of chocolate depend on the type and amount consumed as well as the size of the dog. Large dogs that consume moderate amounts of milk chocolate may show no symptoms. Small dogs may suffer severe intoxication or death after consuming small amounts of dark chocolate. Chocolate poisoning occurs frequently in dogs because chocolate is often available in large amounts and has a strong aroma and an apparently appealing taste. As a result, unsweetened baking chocolate is much more toxic to dogs than milk chocolate or white chocolate.

A Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve should be contacted to determine if the type and amount of chocolate a dog ingested is expected to cause mild or serious symptoms. You will need to call a Geneva emergency veterinarian aka urgence veterinaire Geneve first to find out if there is immediate care that you begin with. Dogs ingesting larger doses may develop hyperactivity progressing to tremors, a racing heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and even seizures and death in severe cases.

As theobromine metabolizes slowly in dogs symptoms may be slow in appearing- do NOT be fooled into thinking everything is ok. It can mean that your dog will jump at a opportunity to get any type of chocolate, not knowing that certain chocolates are more lethal than other types. Larger amounts of chocolate, particularly of the most toxic type, can bring about epileptic seizures in some dogs, and in all dogs, can kill. Poisoning of dogs by chocolate is not as uncommon as you might think. Symptoms of Chocolate Dog Ingestion and Poisoning. You can recognize that your dog has eaten a toxic dose of chocolate from the symptoms. As time passes and there's increased absorption of the toxic substance, you'll see an increase in the dog's heart rate, which can cause arrhythmia, restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle twitching, increased urination or excessive panting. The health and age of your dog must be considered. Obviously if your dog is aged and not in top shape, his reaction to a plate of chocolate is going to be different from a young healthy dog of the same weight. The quantity has a relationship with the weight of your dog. Small dogs can be poisoned; it is easy to understand, from smaller amounts of theobromine than large dogs. Conclusion Theobromine, a component of chocolate, is a toxic compound in chocolate. Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are all naturally occurring molecules that are found in several foods, plants, beverages and human and veterinary medications. However, many dogs are prone to repeated bouts of chocolate intoxication. Humans can break down and excrete Theobromine much more efficiently than dogs. Chocolate contains ingredients that can be dangerous to dogs, causing stomach upset, rapid heart rates and trembling, but rarely death. Obviously the chocolate in milk chocolate is quite dilute and this is why many dogs can eat a piece here and there and seem not to show toxic effects, how many dogs would get a hold of 50 oz at a time.

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