It's that time of the year, holidays are upon us. Halloween, Christmas and Easter right around the corer. This is the time of year when Vet's see more cases of chocolate poisoning. Yes we all love our babies and love sharing our treats with them. Keep your babies safe, only give them treats made for them.
Got my treats ready for the kids. Put them in a bucket and sat it on the table. Ran to the store, was only gone for about 30 minutes. When I got back, this is what I found. Bad Mickey....
Chocolate contains naturally occurring methylxanthines known as theobromine.
Theobromine acts on four areas of your cat's body:
- Will increases the rate and force of contractions of the heart.
- It acts as a diuretic, causing your pet to lose body fluids.
- May affect the gastrointestinal system, causing vomiting and diarrhea and it may cause stomach ulcers.
- Can act on the nervous system, causing convulsions, seizures and sometimes, death.
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If your cat is experiencing chocolate poisoning, it may have one of the following symptoms: Some symptoms can take up to 6 to 12 hours to show up. You don't want to wait. Call your Vet immediately.
- Extreme thirst
- Too much energy
- Increased body temperature
- Increased reflex responses
- Muscle rigidity
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)
Scary ~ but there is no antidote for Theobromine poisoning. First thing is calling the Vet, then to keep your baby cool and calm to keep the symptoms from escalating. If your pet hasn't vomiting on it's own. The Vet will have you to induce the vomiting quickly afterwards to prevent the chemicals in the chocolate from being digested and to control any seizures.
Fluids will be administer to your pet to keep them hydrated until the condition improves. Also they may administer activated charcoal to prevent any further amounts of theobromine being absorbed.
They may require:
- Intubation and artificial ventilation
- Medications to control tremors and seizures
- Cardiac monitoring (ECG)
After this you would want to feed your pet a bland diet for several days after treatment.