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18 December 2004 @ 01:16 am
Poor Sydney dog! :(  
Warning - do not read while eating breakfast, doggie detail ahead...

Oh, what a night it's been! Mark & I came home from my work's Christmas party (which we thoroughly enjoyed, but I'll go into that in another, happier post later) to find that Sydney had gotten into an entire bag of Nestle crunch chocolate candies! :(

I was so worried that I immediately called our vet's emergency 24 hour line and spoke with someone who told me to feed her and then give her a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide - which should make it come up if she had any of it left in her stomach. Poor doggie! :( We had to hold her while we squirted the hydrogen peroxide in her mouth and for the next hour or so we alternated between watching her and cleaning up after her. :( We felt so bad giving it to her, because we knew how awful it must've been and she was so trusting when we first approached her with the syringe and even sat for us. :( :(

The good news is that almost all of the chocolate was still in her stomach and it came up - the bad news, however, is that we felt so awful because she looked so forlorn and walked around for the last hour or so in utter misery. :( Luckily, we had a vet's appointment scheduled for her tomorrow anyway. It'll be good to bring her in for observation after tonight. Right now she's drinking water again - which is a good sign and she looks much better than she did about a half hour ago.

We were SO worried! Sydney's gotten into chocolate before, but has never eaten an entire bag! :P The poor doggie's been through so much tonight, I hope she feels better tomorrow. :( I'm going to lie down on the floor next to her and get some rest - I promise to catch up with all of your journals tomorrow.
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on December 18th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I hope she feels better soon. Chocolate is bad stuff for pooches.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
Poor Sydney, it was a hard night for her (and us) last night. Thankfully, she seems much better today. Thanks for your comment. :)
irisheyes77 on December 18th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yikes, how scary!!! When I was little, one of our dogs got into my brother's fundraiser candy bars and ate like 20 of the regular sized bars. :( I remember my parents having to do the same thing with him as you did with Sydney.

I'm glad that she's okay!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Yikes! 20 regular sized candy bars are a lot! I would've been so worried too. Thankfully Sydney seems to be much better today and doesn't even seem to remember the horror last night.
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on December 18th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ugh POOOOOR SYDNEY!!!!!! I am SO glad you found it when you did though, and were able to get her to bring it all up.... that is so scary. POOOOR LIL DOGGIE!! I hope everything is well... and thats cool you already had a vet appt... so she can be checked. Poor thing. I know I keep saying that... but really, I feel so bad for her.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks for your sweet comments, Angie! Sydney does feel a lot better today. I really felt bad for her yesterday - she just looked so sad walking around the house in so much pain. :( :(
Blessed!chickadee2525 on December 18th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
Aww! Poor Sydney! We had some kids leaving hershey kisses out on the ground outside. Abby kept tryin' to eat them, foil and all. I finally had to ask them NOT to do that if they still wanted a cute little doggy to come play with!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, I think Sydney's doing much better today (thankfully) and has returned to her normal self. :) It's a good thing you told the children about feeding chocolates to Abby. The smaller the dog, the less concentration of chocolate they're able to take. :(
ajayne on December 18th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh no... how scary!!! I am glad that you guys found out soon though and she will be checked out today. I am surprised the whole bag of candy didn't make her throw up on her own.. it certainly would me.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
I know! I was pretty surprised that just eating the bag alone wouldn't make her throw up. That was a lot of candy! :P Thankfully she seems to be much better today. :)
(no subject) - ajayne on December 19th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on December 18th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear that. :( How good that almost all of the chocolate came up and that Sydney looked better some time after the treatment. I hope that she feels better soon! Poor Sydney. Please, tell us how she feels and what the vet said.

Big *hugs* to you and a special *hug* for Sydney

I'm not sure - perhaps, you already know all about it but some time ago I've seen a site where they tell what can be poisonous for dogs. Chocolate can be found nearly at the bottom of the page.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine! Sydney was actaully feeling much better today - last night wasn't easy for her (or us) and we were all pretty exhausted today. :P Thankfully she seems to be back to her normal self.

Thanks so much for the hugs, I know Sydney really enjoyed them. :) And thanks so much for the link - think that I'd always thought that even the slightest bit of chocolate could be fatal to a dog. Reading the link calmed down my fears somewhat. It was a good reference for other toxins too.

Hope your weekend is going well. *HUGS* to you and Micki! :)
Rachelreelcowgirl on December 18th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
Poor Syndey! I'm sure she understands that you meant well with the hydrogen peroxide, but it's still not a very fun experience. :( I hope she's feeling better soon!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much for the sweet thoughts Rachel! :) I thought Sydney would be very upset with me, but instead she snuggled with me a little more last night and was much more affectionate. :) And thankfully she's feeling much better today. :)
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: let it snow let it snow let it snowaudienceawaits on December 18th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
oooh poor doggie! I hope she is feeling better. I hate when you have to do something to your dog that you know they are going to hate. It's so sad! The other day, Karen just had to yell at her for something and then she felt so sad...Sarah always looks so little and scared after she's done something wrong. :(
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
Oh, I know - I knew that she'd be feeling horrible after the hydrogen peroxide, and I hated to give it to her, but I knew I had to. :( And later, I thought she'd be mad at me, but instead she was much more affectionate and even snuggled up next to me to sleep. :) Thankfully, she seems to be much better today. Thanks for all your sweet wishes! :)
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Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much Kristen! Actually, when I called the vet's office they told me that it wasn't an uncommon thing for them to hear during the holidays - apparently a lot of dogs get into chocolates since many gifts are chocolate and are kept under the tree.

Thanks for your sweet wishes for Sydney, thankfully she's much better today and has gone back to her normal self. :)
karenwakedistracted on December 18th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
I hope Sydney is feeling better! :( Once, when she was a puppy, Sarah almost ate an entire bar of soap. :)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Thanks Karen! :) And Sarah almost ate an entire bar of soap? I think that's the first time I've ever heard of that. I'm glad that she was okay after that, though!
Kananigirlkananigirl on December 18th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
Wow...a whole bag of chocolate. o_O Man, that must have tasted good for about whatever the time it was in her stomach, but baaaaaad for dogs!

I'm glad she's okay though!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
Poor doggie didn't have a lot of time to enjoy it though, before we came home and spoiled her evening. :P Glad that we caught her when we did and that she's much better today. :)
(no subject) - kananigirl on December 19th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
orion74 on December 18th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
Poor Sydney! Like someone else said, I'm surprised that she didn't throw up on her own. I hope everything turns out to be okay with her.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tom! Sydney's actually much better today and is back to acting like her normal self. :) I'm pretty surprised that she didn't throw up on her own either - that was a lot of candy! Had I eaten it, I might've thrown up... :P
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on December 18th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh Sheri, I'm sorry that Sydney had to go through that. Poor little girl! I'm glad you and Mark were able to counter act as much as you could. :| I'm also glad you have a vet appt. Take care Sydney! HUGS!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura! Poor Sydney had a very hard night last night, but thankfully she's much better today and is even acting like her old self. :) Thanks for your sweet wishes. :)
intootjeintootje on December 18th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
How scary! I would have been so worried! *hugs* I hope Sydney's feeling better now.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kati! :) We were so worried since the whole bag was gone! :P Luckily everything worked out and she seems to be fine. She was looking and acting much better today. Thanks for your sweet wishes for her. :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on December 19th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
I bet by now the worst has passed, right? I hope so. I hope your fuzzy doggy is ok. :/

That got me when you said, "We felt so bad giving it to her, because we knew how awful it must've been and she was so trusting when we first approached her with the syringe and even sat for us." I could feel your guilt and I've been there too. I feel horrible when I have to trick one of my baby girls. :(

They always forgive us tho'. :D

It's funny for me to hear what a munch mouth Sydney seems to be. She looks so absolutely ladylike and innocent.

*HUG* I'm glad she's ok.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 19th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
I think that was the worst thing. She was SO happy before we gave her the hydrogen peroxide - wagging her tail and sitting patiently for us. :( It was a horrible feeling to know that in a few moments she would be feeling awful! :(

Thankfully, Sydney's much better today and you're right - she has forgiven me. I expected her to be mad at me today, but she seemed to be even more affectionate today.

And Sydney has SUCH an appetite (which is why she fits nicely into our family, I guess) ;) Thanks for your sweet comment, but Sydney is far from being innocent. ;)