One lucky dog in the UK experienced a true Christmas miracle after eating several chocolate coins and receiving life-saving surgery just in time.
A Stafford bull terrier named Hugo consumed six packets of Christmas chocolate coins and was rushed to a veterinary clinic, where veterinarians had to decide whether he should have an operation before Christmas. according to the BBC.
Hugo’s owner Amie told the BBC that they had temporarily left their home and came home to find torn pieces of foil all over the floor with no chocolate in sight.
“Hugo seemed fine at first, but I felt sick with worry when he started vomiting blood. Then he had a terrible fit, so I called PDSA right away, “Amie said.
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A nurse for the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, known as the PDSA, said Hugo was very lucky to be admitted because the animal could have died if it had not been treated on time.
“Fortunately, while he’s not quite out of the woods, Hugo is now home in strict rest and on the road to recovery,” Donna Southwould, a PDSA veterinarian nurse, told the BBC.
Chocolate is known to be toxic to dogs, and the Animal Health Foundation says the ingredient theobromine is the culprit. Any dose of theobromine above 45 mg / kg is considered to be potentially toxic and potentially fatal to dogs. Milk chocolate contains between 44-65 mg of theobromine per ounce. However, a dog’s weight and the type of chocolate consumed can determine the toxic dose.
Some of the more serious reactions that can occur in dogs who consume chocolate include severe stomach and intestinal discomfort, pancreatitis, diarrhea, vomiting, and more.
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