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Dogs just ate M&M's, any reason to be concerned?

Yes, I know chocolate is toxic for dogs. Somehow my dogs got ahold of 2 bags of the halloween M&M's, the peanut ones. Each bag is 13 grams and probably holds 10 peanut M&M's. Both dogs consumed them I believe, but I have no idea how much each dog had.

I know M&M's don't have a ton of chocolate, and it's milk chocolate so it's not quite as toxic as if it were dark chocolate, but is there any reason to be concerned? Obviously I've made sure the rest are out of reach (I though they were to begin with), but is such a small amount of chocolate any reason to take them to the E-vet? I wasn't planning on it as my google searches seem to indicate they'll be fine, but I thought I would ask here to be safe as well.

I don't have anything here that would make them throw up, so it's either off to the vet they go, or I do nothing.

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13 grams, a half ounce bag? I think you are ok. May get a little bit of the runs. FWIW my English Springer Spaniel ate a 2 lb bag of hershey's kisses once and did not really get sick other than that.

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13 grams, a half ounce bag? I think you are ok. May get a little bit of the runs. FWIW my English Springer Spaniel ate a 2 lb bag of hershey's kisses once and did not really get sick other than that.
Yeah that's pretty much what I figured. Hershey's kisses would likely have a lot more chocolate than M&M's.

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The yellow bag M&Ms are milk chocolate. It's bad, but a small amount probably won't do much. It's the dark chocolate and bakers chocolate that are very toxic. Our beagle ate a 2 tiered box of assorted chocolates and didn't even show the slightest sign of illness, she was indestructible.
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Milk chocolate has very little chocolate in it. Our boxers used to CLIMB to get the Easter baskets and always managed to get one with the huge hershey kiss in it. It can depend on the dog but he will most likely be just fine.




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13 grams, a half ounce bag? I think you are ok. May get a little bit of the runs. FWIW my English Springer Spaniel ate a 2 lb bag of hershey's kisses once and did not really get sick other than that.
OMG. My ESS did that back in the 80s when I was in my 1st marriage.
We passed out some then went with our own child, trick-or-treating, and came home to aluminum wrappers all over! I had no idea chocolate could make dogs sick, and she was okay, but the next day her poo was runny and shiny all at once!!
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When I was a kid, I used to share M&Ms and Hershey kisses with my beagle. Dog lived for 17 years.
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OMG. My ESS did that back in the 80s when I was in my 1st marriage.
We passed out some then went with our own child, trick-or-treating, and came home to aluminum wrappers all over! I had no idea chocolate could make dogs sick, and she was okay, but the next day her poo was runny and shiny all at once!!
Yes that was the year our yard was decorated in Christmas Hershey Kiss wrappers. They were EVERYWHERE. 1993-one of the rare years we had snow on the ground so they REALLY stood out.

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Yes that was the year our yard was decorated in Christmas Hershey Kiss wrappers. They were EVERYWHERE. 1993-one of the rare years we had snow on the ground so they REALLY stood out.
Happened to me 3 Christmas's ago. My smallest girl at about 55 lbs ate a 2 1/2 lb bag of the cheap hersheys chocolates. They were all individually wrapped in sparkly foil and I found sparkly poop for awhile after.

The emergency vet said she would have had to eat approx 10 lbs of that kind of choc to even get a little sick.
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My parents had a miniature Schnauzer eat an entire pound of See's chocolates and other than skipping ONE meal and a little lethargy, she was fine. Still, you can't be too careful. The nuts probably caused her more intestinal issues than anything.

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