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WE ARE OPEN

The entire team at Bluestar Animal Hospital, wants you to be aware of the steps that we’re taking to ensure your safety in our offices as well. As of right now, we are following AAHA recommended appointments where we’re doing business as usual.

However, we will be doing Car-Side appointments ONLY to limit the number of people inside the hospital. For special circumstances only one person to come inside with the pet.

AAHA Recommended Guidelines COVID-19 FAQ

*Please note due to this emergency situation we have changed our working hours temporarily.

ST JOHNS LOCATION

Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday - 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday - Closed

JACKSONVILLE LOCATION

Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday - 10:00AM - 5:00PM

What to do When Your Dog Eats Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical toxic to dogs and cats. Dark chocolate has the highest amount of theobromine and, if ingested by dogs, could cause a dog chocolate emergency requiring immediate veterinary treatment. Although white chocolate contains the lowest amount of theobromine and won’t poison dogs, you should not give dogs white chocolate because it harbors unhealthy amounts of sugars and fats promoting obesity and pancreatitis.

Chocolate and Theobromine

Theobromine has stimulating and diuretic properties similar to caffeine. Dogs eating a few pieces of chocolate may suffer from diarrhea, vomiting and nervousness until theobromine is eliminated by the body. When dogs eat at least a whole chocolate bar, they usually develop the following symptoms of chocolate poisoning:

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Vomiting
  • Severe nervousness and agitation
  • Incontinence (inability to stop urinating)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures, tremors
  • Coma

If you know or suspect your dog consumed at least 3/4 of a chocolate bar, take your dog to your emergency pet clinic immediately for professional dog chocolate help involving administration of IV fluids and medications to reduce symptoms.

Veterinary Treatment for a Dog Chocolate Emergency

Since no antidote for a theobromine overdose exists for dogs, veterinarians administer supportive care by:

  • Giving dogs fluids intravenously to promote elimination of theobromine through urination
  • Inducing vomiting with activated charcoal
  • Administering sedatives to help calm the dog’s central nervous system
  • Administering anti-convulsants, if necessary
  • Providing intubation if the dog is having trouble breathing

Dogs recovering from chocolate poisoning will need to be monitored for at least six to eight hours to ensure symptoms subside and the dog is not suffering from possible long-term effects. In some cases, dogs require up to 72 hours to recover from a dog chocolate emergency. Your vet may want to keep your dog overnight for further monitoring. Dogs treated for chocolate poisoning within two hours of ingesting chocolate typically have an excellent prognosis.

Veterinarians report significant increases in cases of theobromine poisoning over Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. Blue Star Vet urges dog owners to put chocolate candy away where dogs cannot access them. Keep chocolate in the refrigerator or cupboards too high for your dog to reach to prevent accidental poisoning from chocolate.

To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian or to learn more about chocolate poisoning in dogs, call by calling (904) 720-4275 or (904) 720-4272.



Meet Dr. Venkat Gutta Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon for dogs and cats. Our topmost commitment is to provide your companion animals with high-quality medicinal care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent veterinary care in a value-friendly manner. At Bluestar, we also believe that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of your pet and you are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve patients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210 and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery equipment, and techniques, advanced diagnostic testing or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!