Can I Give My Dog Beer?

Can I Give My Dog Beer?Can you share a cold beer with your dog after a hard day’s work? You really shouldn’t. Owners often underestimate the effects alcohol has on pets.

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Canine consumption of beer can be quite serious. Giving even a small amount of alcohol may be terribly toxic. All brewed beverages are a bad idea.

Too much beer could easily damage your dog’s organs including their kidneys and liver. Despite what some pet parents may think, we cannot approve.

Can I Give My Dog Beer? Answer: No

Especially to the point of intoxication, but any amount is potentially poisonous.

Some folks share a bit of beer and it proves to be harmless. Nevertheless, we certainly do not recommend it. A dog drinking beer is dangerous and there are significant downsides.

Small Liver & Big Problems

Your pet pooch has a relatively small liver and they’ll have a hard time processing the alcohol in beer. Liver damage is permanent and can be fatal. Banning beer will keep your dog off dialysis.

This drink also doesn’t hydrate. Beer will have a net effect of depleting your dog’s electrolytes. Minerals like sodium, chloride and potassium are lost during dehydration.

Beer is a diuretic!

More Reasons to Ban Beer

If a dog drinks a lot of beer their central nervous system will fail to fully function. Your little guy’s heart rate and breathing could slow and slipping into a coma is possible.

Alcohol can also make your dog’s blood overly acidic causing cardiac arrest. Beer, or any other alcohol, causes blood sugar levels to drop. Seizures and/or brain damage is possible.

The kidneys filter blood, urine and other fluids. Alcoholic beer can indirectly disrupt or harm canine kidneys. Without proper function, your dog will get very sick or could even die.

Concerning K9 Symptoms

Ethanol absorption occurs with beer consumption, wine or other alcoholic beverages. Dogs can’t process or metabolize ethyl alcohol very well.

A small body size will compound a poisoning problem. It could come quickly and quite seriously. A dog that drinks too much beer, regardless of the circumstances, can easily suffer.

Some of the side effects include mood changes, confusion, hyperactivity, loss of coordination, increased urination, difficulty breathing, decreased temperature and seizures.

A Drunk Dog is in Danger

If your dog consumes even a small amount of alcohol, on an empty stomach, you may see symptoms in as little as 30 minutes.

Observable drunkenness is much more worrisome than when you see a drunk person because dogs simply can’t handle the effects.

Pet Poisoning Treatments

You need a vet’s help if you think your dog is sick from beer. Blood may be drawn to measure blood alcohol content and to check internal organs.

Activated charcoal can help to remove alcohol from your dog’s blood stream and IV fluids stabilize blood sugar levels.

With good treatment, they should start recovering within 8 to 12 hours. This assumes you don’t have a really drunk dog!

Conclusion on Beer

Giving alcohol, including beer, to your dog is irresponsible. The risks aren’t worth it. Irreversible effects, that we’ve outlined, are consequences you’ll deeply regret. Save the beer drinking for your human pals. Don’t downplay the dangerous for dogs. No beer!

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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