That doughnut was t-h-i-s big!!
Like many we had heard that chocolate was fatal for dogs. Silver was about 12-16 weeks old and was traveling with us. My husband and I were on our way home and had bought a box of chocolate glazed donuts. Neither of us thinking we ran into the gas station for our last potty break while leaving our box of goodies with a scrounging puppy before we were to head onto the highway.
As we got back in the car, I caught Silver gulping down the remains of one of the donuts. She was our first puppy and I panic. All I knew at that time was chocolate=death. So we ran her to the nearest vet office, where the wonderful vet calmed our fears, while giving Silver a shot to help with any nausea and diarrhea, as we had a four hour ride ahead of us. The vet informed us that for Silver's weight, (about 25 lbs) she would have to eat a full chocolate bar in order to be fatal. My husband and I both breathed a sigh of relief and Silver slept all the way home with no ill effects from the chocolate or sugar buzz she could have incurred.
The whole experience was quite a scare, but it was nice to know that our mishap didn't turn into a serious matter. I don't know what we would have done if something were to happen to Silver because of our negligence. As a result we are always careful about any chocolate around the house and have a special drawer just for it, along with other no-dog goodies.
Here are a couple of websites that give a little better sketch about the different levels of toxicity of chocolates and what symptoms to watch for if you think your dog has ingested any. While it depends on the weight of your dog and the type of chocolate and amount, all chocolate is toxic to dogs.
While these are only guidelines, if your dog has eaten chocolate or exhibits any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to call your vet, who can help you determine what treatment your dog may need.
Let's keep all our puppies safe!