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My dog ate a box of chocolates - my fault?! - December 23rd 2014, 03:04 PM

So yesterday my sisters and I wrapped up presents for our family whilst they were out. We didn't even think about our dogs' history with eating chocolate and food she's not supposed to eat, so we put all the presents underneath the tree, the box of chocolates included.
The Christmas tree isn't even near her bed and the box was wrapped in wrapping paper. We went out today and came home to the tree which had fallen over, and the box destroyed. We found out that she had eaten the whole box.
My dog has bad kidneys anyway, and my mum is shouting at me because she says I should've known better. I'm worried about my dog, but I'm sick of her bad behaviour and I don't want to be blamed for something when its not really my fault, I'm a young teenager, I didn't expect her to even know the chocolate was there.
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Re: My dog ate a box of chocolates - my fault?! - December 23rd 2014, 04:40 PM

You did know better but that doesn't mean we all can't be absent-minded at times. My family actually had a very similar incident happen years ago to our rescue dog. She got into the Frangos that were underneath the tree and ate them all. I can't remember if we took her to the vet, I don't think we did though we should have, but she ended up being fine.
I recommend taking your dog to the vet just to make she is okay. Dark chocolate is the worst for them, milk and white is less serious. If he did eat enough of it, he can get canine poisoning and get sick. So just to be safe, I'd have him get looked at.


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Re: My dog ate a box of chocolates - my fault?! - December 24th 2014, 12:13 AM

Aw, I wouldn't have expected the dog to eat the chocolates, either. I hope she's okay.

Now that you know she can do this, just make sure to take more precautions in the future.



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Re: My dog ate a box of chocolates - my fault?! - December 25th 2014, 08:19 PM

While I know nothing of the effect of chocolates on dogs, I just popped in here to tell you that it's absolutely not your fault. You wrapped a Christmas present, and probably expected the dog would know better than to tear it open. It was a mistake - that's all.

Try not to worry about it too much. Take your dog to the vet if you can, and take care of him/her until she's well again.


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Re: My dog ate a box of chocolates - my fault?! - December 25th 2014, 11:23 PM

Hey.

In all honesty, I don't think blaming anyone will help at all. You all probably should have known better, but that doesn't mean you need to feel guilty. I mean, my dog's eaten plenty of things she shouldn't have; even though we know she steals things off tables, sometimes we forget to leave things far enough back, and end up with a whole bag of Fantales on the floor. It happens. Since I assume this is a family dog, it's up to everyone to make sure the environment is safe for them. Another thing to remember is that dogs don't see the world like we do, so something we think is hidden might be perfectly obvious to them - they might be able to smell it, or they might even just get bored and end up destroying things.

I hope you took your dog to the vet (if not, it would still be good to do it now) since chocolate is highly poisonous, and symptoms can take a while to appear. Since you mentioned your dog's 'bad behaviour', I would recommend looking into training - even if your dog already knows basic obedience or some tricks, training is an ongoing process and it's never too late to teach them something new. And in the future, just be extra careful with anything that could be potentially hazardous, since in this situation it's much better to be safe than sorry.

I hope this helped, and I hope your dog's okay.

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