Some people really depend on coffee, particularly in the morning hours, but this type of caffeinated beverage is inappropriate for dogs. That said, you likely don’t need to panic if your pet somehow consumed a bit of morning jo.
Obviously, sharing is not caring when it comes to coffee. It makes no sense for a pet to consume some of your morning mocha. In fact, all types of caffeinated drinks should be off limits to animals.
Water is better than any liquid when it comes to hydration. Coffee is not only a diuretic but it can also alter your dog’s behavior and not in a good way. So the answer to this question is very clear.
Can I Give My Dog Coffee? Answer: Not Recommended
This is just a terrible idea and it should be quickly dismissed.
Coffee and the caffeine it contains can cause your dog to vomit, experience diarrhea and have difficulty breathing. Even tremors are possible as well as the possibility of the nervous system being thrown out of whack. Drinks like coffee, in some cases, can also affect the heart. So, dogs should never consume coffee.
If your buddy somehow drank some coffee then be sure to watch them closely.
Caffeine Concern & Canines
Caffeine is a strong stimulant and it shares a few traits with drugs like amphetamines, cocaine and even heroin. It can stimulate brain function just like other drugs. So, after a few shots of espresso or a pot of coffee, you may feel like your mind and pulse rate is speeding.
Your dog doesn’t know what foods or drinks to consume. They depend on you, the owner. Any foods or drinks with caffeine should always be avoided. Severe cases could actually be fatal. Foods typically containing some levels of caffeine are coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks among others.
A lethal dose of caffeine for most dogs is somewhere around 140mg per kilogram of weight. Interestingly, meat contains naturally occurring caffeine but usually not in high enough concentrations to be of concern.
If your dog is suffering from caffeine poisoning it can be quite serious and you should seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible.
Big Chocolate Warning
So we all know that our dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate. It also contains caffeine as well as a stimulant diuretic called Theobromine which affects the cardiovascular and central nervous systems.
Indigestion of chocolate could cause death. If you think your dog has eaten any chocolate a trip to the vet is absolutely necessary.
Signs of chocolate consumption are similar to coffee or caffeine poisoning. You may see vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle tremors, increased urination and increased heart rate.
Obviously, just because it’s dangerous to your dog’s health doesn’t mean they won’t like it. In fact, most dogs love the taste of chocolate.
Foods Dogs Should Avoid
Other foods that your dog shouldn’t eat are avocados (they contain persin, a highly toxic substance), fat trimmings (too much fat causes pancreatitis), grapes or raisins (they cause kidney damage and death if eaten in a high doses), dairy products (these can cause diarrhea in approximately 50% of canines), onions and garlic (these can cause anemia).
Table foods should be kept to a minimum unless your vet tells you otherwise. If you notice a change in your dog’s behavior, after introducing a new food or if they may have gotten into something, contact your vet immediately since it could be fatal.
Conclusion on Coffee
Never give your dog any of your coffee. Canines and caffeinated beverages are questionable at best. Keep your dog’s life simple. It may seem boring to you but that’s what’s appropriate. Coffee, or any form of caffeine, is a big no-no!