View Full Version : Terrified... Dougal very ill

19th July 2010, 10:57 PM
Am so upset. I know I haven't posted here in a while, but I had to do something while waiting for vet, and I know you lot will understand how scary this is.

Dougal is after eating a potentially fatal amount of dark cooking chocolate. I feel so guilty and so responsible, even though it's not really anybody's fault. The chocolate was kept in a bag at the back of a press behind lots of other things. Hubby was putting some groceries away in there when our daughter vomited quite suddenly all over me and I called him urgently to give me a hand. We were upstairs for about half an hour cleaning myself and herself up, and in the meantime the deed had been done. We didn't even notice straight away because the bag hadn't even been pulled out... it was behind a bag of flour which had been.

We only realised what had happened when dougal started vomiting chocolate and even then it took us a while to work out where he had gotten it. We rang vet's out of hour number and he said to just monitor him. We rang back when we realised it was a SUBSTANTIAL amount of dark chocolate and we are now waiting an hour until vet is available to see him.

Dougal has vomited at least 10 or 15 times so hopefully he has cleaned his stomach out. Drank two bowls of water and perked up in the past half hour so we are praying praying praying.

I don't know what I'd do if I lost him :( :( :(

19th July 2010, 11:14 PM
Keeping my fingers crossed everything is OK with Dougal. Sending you :hug:

19th July 2010, 11:25 PM
Please god he will be ok. Its no ones fault. They get into everything and you cant watch them all the time especially when you have small kids etc.

19th July 2010, 11:29 PM
Oh, I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I know how worried you must be. Please let us know as soon as you know something. Accidents happen. They have happened to all of us....

19th July 2010, 11:38 PM
Thanks... hubby has him at the vet at the moment. But the last time I spoke to the vet he told me they had no charcoal until morning so I'm not sure what they can do for him >:/

19th July 2010, 11:41 PM
:hug: i am so sorry you have to go through this, and ive got my fingers crossed that he will be ok. sadly it's one of those things, where there's a will there's a cavi and when it comes to their tums there can be no stopping them. keep us posted hun xx

team bella
19th July 2010, 11:54 PM
I hope all turns out well, fingers crossed. It is just one of those things, and cavaliers are just greedy little dogs and he's just grabbed his chance. :hug:

20th July 2010, 12:31 AM
thanks everyone for the thoughts. He's in the vets for the night. Vet was positive, the fact that he vomited so much etc. He said his tummy was spasming from all the vomiting, but he had no other symptoms. The fact that he drank lots of water and kept it down also good. He's on a drip and got a gastric bandage and some anti-spasming medication. I'm wishing away the next 9 hours til the vet opens again and I can hear how he got on overnight. Very sad my little man is away from us tonight. Best thing for him medically I'm sure, but hate that he's sick and won't have dora to cuddle up to and won't know why we left him there :(

20th July 2010, 12:32 AM
Try not to worry too much. If he's vomited so much of it back up that'll help.
perhaps a local pharmacy may have charcoal.I'm sure it can be found if it's essential.
They're such scavengers aren't they?Sorry you have to be without him for the night but he's in the best place for him.
You acted quickly though and he should be absolutely fine.

20th July 2010, 12:52 AM
So sorry you are going through this cecily.....Thinking of Dougal and sending hugs and kisses.

Will check for news in the morning.

It could happen to anyone of us, you acted quickly so I'm sure he will be fine xx

brid kenny
20th July 2010, 01:36 AM
Just saw this. Don't blame yourself. accidents happen very easily. I hope he's okay. Let us know.

20th July 2010, 02:03 AM
We're keeping Dougal in our thoughts and prayers. As others have said, it was a complete accident, it can happen so easily. Thank goodness he vomited it up quickly.

Claire L
20th July 2010, 02:09 AM
Dougal, you're a scoundrel!! I am glad to read that you up chucked most of your spoils, you little villian!!

Cecily, I'm sure he will be fine but I know how worried you are so I'm sending healing thoughts and big hugs to everyone :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

Let us know how he is in the morning.

20th July 2010, 06:40 AM
I am keeping all of you in my prayers and hope to hear some good news tomorrow! I am so sorry you are going through this.

20th July 2010, 07:59 AM
I am sorry Dougal is ill, I hope he feels better soon. Sometimes these things happen, unfortunately it seems that a lot of the Cavaliers are greedy little monsters. Sending you are best wishes.

Zoe bowie
20th July 2010, 08:21 AM
I am so sorry Dougal is I'll but the others are right, if he vomited so much up that's a good thing. Fingers crossed he is home to you today with his tail wagging. Penny was away from us last week for 2 nights, she was perfectly fine and it was us that stressed for her mostly because we can't be there with them when they are sick :( hoping to hear good news soon...my thiugts are with you all xx

20th July 2010, 11:08 AM
What a worry for you. Accidents happen and like others have said the fact that he's vomitted so much is a good thing:thmbsup:

Trouble is he wont learn his lesson will he?
Leo ate tinsel one xmas and I couldnt work out what it was he had eaten until I siften through what he's brought up:yikes

Praying Dougal will be ok and sending hugs and best wishes to you

Mel X

20th July 2010, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the messages everyone. Rang the vet there and he not only survived the night, but is in good form and the nurse had him out for a walk.

What a night! Had to camp on the sofa with dora because she wouldn't settle anywhere but the front room for some reason.

He's an incredible dog. He had at LEAST 500g of dark cooking chocolate. The absolute worst, and in a large quantity. His saving grace is that he's fairly quick to vomit if he eats too much rich food, thank goodness.
Looking forward to picking him up and having a nap.

20th July 2010, 11:28 AM
Trouble is he wont learn his lesson will he?
Leo ate tinsel one xmas and I couldnt work out what it was he had eaten until I siften through what he's brought up:yikes

Had to laugh at this... learn his lesson??! Not a chance. In between getting sick he was licking the chocolate off his paws and doras mouth (she got some on her mouth when trying to investigate his vomit) :grnyuk: :grnyuk: Plus when we took the bag of chocolate out of the bin to check the percentage of cocoa he got real excited :rolleyes:

Glad Leo survived his tinsel episode :)

20th July 2010, 11:50 AM
So is the chocoholic himself coming home?:rolleyes:.
500g is a serious amount of chocolate,Maybe it was just as well he ate so much of it that it actually made him sick.....had he eaten a lesser amount and kept it down you may never have even known...:?
I suppose now you have to wash two dogs:D

20th July 2010, 12:07 PM
I know sins, that's the scary thing! The bag was pushed right in so I was just saying to Billy if he hadn't gotten sick, he could have died last night suddenly and we would never have known why. We've just been checking our presses and the lovely green & blacks organic cocoa we have would be highly toxic also. That's moving up to a high press! We're just starting to babyproof so we'll look at doggieproofing also. To be fair they can't actually open the presses, we just need to be more vigilant about keeping them closed, even when emergency calls!

Talk about death-by-chocolate...

20th July 2010, 12:29 PM
Glad to hear that Dougal seems to have come through his choco-trauma relatively unscathed apart from, I imagine, a very sore tummy. :hug::hug:. The trouble is they never learn. What a good job he was so sick.

Years ago my first ever cavvie - Lady ate my son's Easter Eggs - about 6 in total - was not even sick, just drank a lot of water and had no other ill effects. At that time we didn't realise that chocolate could be fatal:shock:.

One Xmas when we were away, my son was looking after Cinders and she ate a giant bar of toberlerone - luckily it was the white chocolate and she vomited most of it back up. But we were having major panic attacks in Malaga airport :eek:

20th July 2010, 12:34 PM
So gad he is ok:-)

He sounds like Pippin, if we turn our backs he's in the presses and is so small he often gets closed in there because no one notices him go in.

We keep anything he can get at out of his reach, with the result my large presses on the bottom are half empty, while the smaller top one's are crammed!

We are expecting our first granchild in dec, but we won't have to baby proof as the house is not so much dog proof, but super Pippin proof:badgrin: We learned our lesson after we had to pull him by the hind legs out of a large bag of JWB when he sneaked in under the stairs:eek:

I am so happy this ended well for him, but, I couldn't help but smile at the image of him licking what he threw up....so pleased he lived to tell the tale:-D

team bella
20th July 2010, 01:56 PM
Glad the little man is doing ok. That was a close thing and a lesson for all on this forum. Cavaliers are so naughty ;)

20th July 2010, 02:20 PM
any news on Dougal?
Hope he is doing ok

20th July 2010, 02:49 PM
Glad that he is ok, Toby once ate a full tray of milk chocolate in a few seconds flat with no ill effects, I took him to the vet who just said as it was milk chocolate he would be ok and also said that there was nothing could be done if it was dark chocolate, no mention of charcoal or anything else. Not exactly reassuring.

20th July 2010, 02:52 PM
Just came back to check Dougal is ok.....glad to hear he's ok...

You gotta love them:bang:

20th July 2010, 07:28 PM
Thank God he is fine! I followed your thread during the day at work, just hoping and wishing for good news. :hug:

Rj Mac
22nd July 2010, 08:31 AM
So glad to hear he is ok,they don't half put us through the mill at times, do they!!

22nd July 2010, 11:50 AM
Rang the vet there and he not only survived the night,

I misread this, missed out the word "only" and was in tears :o What a relief he's ok. I'm so sorry I didn't see this thread till now.

I've heard the same thing happen with a dog and raisins. We can't trust our dogs not to hunt out these things, best to put on the top shelf out of reach, but I have a story for you.

My son, at the age of three, got a chair and climbed up to get some Ventolin syrup for his sister. She was only 2 and he fed her half a large bottle. With a heart rate of 150 beats a minute that you could hear from a distance and blood pressure of 30, she spent 3 days in hospital on a drip after having her stomach emptied. Wish I'd locked that medicine in a cabinet.

22nd July 2010, 01:48 PM
Oh my god Pauline! Thanks for that. Saw a nice medicine cabinet in Ikea that comes with a lock so I think we'll be purchasing that!! At the moment the calpol etc is all in a high shelf, but I can totally imagine a 2 or 3 year old being able to find a way to get at it. You really have to think of all the things you don't think they'd be able to do, don't you!

Anyway Dougal has been in flying form since. Tummy a bit tender still I think, and dora flat out refuses to leave his side but all good. :) Thanks everyone for the support.

22nd July 2010, 03:49 PM
So glad to hear that Dougal is doing better. Monty is my "problem" eater. He has eaten chocolate that was in my daughter's room twice. I have hydrogen peroxide on hand now just in case. It causes them to vomit.

22nd July 2010, 04:31 PM
Sorry I missed this Cecily - thank goodness Dougal is ok, what a dreadful scare :(:(

These things do happen - it's hard to make sure everything is locked away all the time.

22nd July 2010, 11:04 PM
:p glad to hear he is doing so well, these pups know how to scare us!!! :rolleyes: x

23rd July 2010, 08:40 PM
I am catching this late but wanted to say how relieved I am for you that Dougal is okay!!

The Rouge Princess
25th July 2010, 06:51 PM
Just read this through.Pleased to hear Dougal is well


26th July 2010, 06:48 PM
So glad to hear Mr. Man is doing okay Cecily!! These guys can be such boogers!! Glad he got most of it out of him! I didn't know you had a baby - congratulations!! :) That's great to hear - what a lucky baby! :)

27th July 2010, 01:37 AM
So glad he's OK -- you are so lucky he threw most of it up! I tried to post when I was in Donegal last week, using my iPhone for the laptop modem but it doesn't seem to have gone up so the (very weak) connetion must have dropped. :rolleyes: Have been thinking of you and Dougal and very happy all has ended well. :pi*no: