Lots of folks enjoy a cold beer after a hard day’s work. Maybe you’d also like to share with man’s best friend, but is it really okay to give a dog alcoholic beer?
Canine consumption of beer can cause symptoms ranging from vomiting to brain damage and even death. No matter how much they beg, alcoholic beverages should be off limits for your dog.
Longer term, and just like in humans, too much beer consumption can bring upon serious damage to your dog’s internal organs including their kidneys and the liver. Don’t risk it!
Can I Give My Dog Beer? Answer: No
Especially to the point of intoxication, but alcohol should not be given to pets in any amount.
If you see your dog acting drunk, you’ve already gone too far! Some people can safely give their dogs a very moderate amount of beer, and it may be harmless, but it’s too risky to recommend. However, a toy beer bottle is harmless and funny!
Liver Damage and Hydration
Your dog’s liver is small and they’ll have a hard time processing the alcohol in beer. Liver damage is irreparable and can be fatal. Unless you want to put Fido on dialysis, keep them away from beer.
Drinking beer instead of water will not hydrate your pet. Dogs need plenty of water to stay healthy. Drinking beer depletes them of water and also essential electrolytes. Minerals like sodium, chloride and potassium are lost following dehydration. It’s a diuretic!
More Reasons to Avoid
If your dog drinks too much beer their central nervous system will slow down. Your little guy can easily lose coordination, their heart rate and breathing may slow and slipping into a coma is possible. High levels of alcohol can also make your dog’s blood too acidic inducing cardiac arrest. Beer, or any other alcohol, can cause blood sugar to drop which may bring upon seizures and/or brain damage.
The kidneys filter blood, balance water and electrolytes in the blood stream. Alcoholic beer can disrupt or damage canine kidneys. Without proper kidney function, your dog will get very sick or could even die.
Dogs with Alcohol Symptoms
If a dog drinks beer or wine or any other alcoholic beverage, ethanol is absorbed into their body. Their metabolism can’t process ethanol as well as you. Size matters greatly when consuming alcohol and so dogs can get poisoned more quickly and more seriously.
Any dog drinking too much beer, either on purpose or by accident, will likely get alcohol poisoning. Symptoms to look out for, before it’s too late, in such a situation are:
- Changes in mood
- Loss of coordination
- Increased urination
- Difficulty breathing
- Decreased temperature
If they consume even a small amount of alcohol on an empty stomach, you may see symptoms in as little as thirty minutes. If your dog has recently eaten, you may not notice any signs for one or two hours. Observable drunkenness is much more serious than when you see a drunk person because dogs can’t handle the effects.
Alcohol Poisoning Treatment
If you think your dog is sick from drinking beer, get them to a veterinarian. Fortunately, most dogs can be treated for alcohol poisoning. Blood may be drawn to measure your dog’s blood alcohol content and check for damage to internal organs.
Activated charcoal can help to remove alcohol from your dog’s blood stream. IV fluids may also be needed to stabilize blood sugar levels. If you quickly got your best friend the proper treatment, they should start recovering from alcohol poisoning within 8 to 12 hours. This assumes you don’t have a really drunk dog!
Conclusion on Beer
Giving alcohol, including beer, to a pet dog is a very bad idea. The risks that you’d potentially put them through by giving them beer, which is commonly made with barley, just aren’t worth it. Enjoy time with your dog in other ways. Save the beer drinking for when you are with your human pals.