Watch Cockapoo Cost Owner $960 at Vet After Eating Christmas Presents

A video of a Cockapoo dog, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, ripping through his Christmas presents and obsessing over chocolate has gone viral on TikTok, racking up over 485,000 views.

A message superimposed on the clip, shared by TikTok user @thesoleman, read: “If your dog eats 96 Belgian chocolates and spends the night at the vet – it will cost £800 [$965].”

The video shows a trail of packaging before the dog is seen sitting quietly while facing the camera. Directly behind the pet appears a torn box of Guylian chocolates lying next to torn pieces of wrapping paper.

A caption posted with the video reads, “Get a dog they said… #cockapoo #nobed.”

In a later comment, the original poster said the dog “had a heart rate of 240. He was sick [vomiting] a lot, but luckily he’s fine now.”

Is chocolate toxic to dogs?

Chocolate is toxic to dogs. In an article for VCA, one of North America’s largest chains of animal hospitals, veterinarians Renee Schmid and Ahna Brutlag write, “Although rarely fatal, chocolate ingestion can lead to significant illness.”

Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains theobromine and caffeine. Both chemicals are used as a diuretic, cardiac stimulant and blood vessel expander, and smooth muscle relaxant. Dogs can’t metabolize theobromine and caffeine as well as humans, making them more sensitive to the effects of both, the vets said.

“Although some types of chocolate are not as toxic as others, it is safer to keep your pet away from all types of chocolate,” the American Veterinary Medical Association said.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, a triple-licensed 24-hour animal poison control service available in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, the darker the chocolate, the greater the amount of theobromine.

“Bakery chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and gourmet dark chocolate are more dangerous than milk chocolate. “White chocolate is very low in theobromine and does not cause chocolate poisoning in pets,” the hotline said.

It also states that the amount ingested “makes the poison,” adding that “pets that eat a few M&Ms or 1 or 2 bites of a chocolate chip cookie are unlikely to develop chocolate poisoning.” But according to the Helpline, the following amounts can be toxic:

  • For milk chocolate, any intake in excess of 0.5 ounces per pound of body weight can put dogs at risk of chocolate poisoning.
  • Consuming more than 0.13 ounces per pound of dark or semi-sweet chocolate can cause poisoning.
  • Almost all ingestion of baker’s chocolate can lead to poisoning and is considered an emergency.
Dog looks sick and lies next to chocolate.
An archive image shows a dog looking ill while lying slumped on a floor next to pieces of chocolate. A video of a Cockapoo overeating on chocolate has gone viral on TikTok.
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Signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs

Vets Schmid and Brutlag said the most typical signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs are vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urination and a racing heart rate. In severe cases, the dog may also experience muscle tremors, seizures, and heart failure.

If your dog has eaten chocolate, contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poisons Helpline to see if a toxic amount of chocolate has been eaten. If a toxic amount has been ingested, “you should have your dog checked by a vet immediately. The earlier treatment begins, the better your dog’s prognosis,” write Schmid and Brutlag.

Visit the Pet Poison Helpline website for more information on what to do if your dog has eaten chocolate and may be suffering from chocolate poisoning.

The viral video has amused several users on TikTok, who were relieved that the dog was okay.

User your_novacane wrote: “I think I would get sick if I ate 96 chocolates at once too [hands-over-eyes monkey emoji].”

Get-Personal said: “That’s why I always lock my front door at Christmas [crying/laughing emojis].”

User Samantha Morley852 wrote: “Blessed be he looks very self-pitying [emojis of eyes looking downcast and heart-shaped eyes].”

Francineekl simply posted: “[heart-shaped eyes emoji] The face [crying/laughing emojis].”

news week contacted the original poster for comment. The video has not been independently verified.

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Rick Schindler

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