Can I Give My Dog Coffee?

Can I Give My Dog Coffee?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 canines and coffee. It makes absolutely 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 superior to pretty much 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 a best buddy somehow drank some coffee then be sure to watch them closely. Just don’t panic because it’s likely they’ll be fine.

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 for several reasons. It turns out that 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 and may include 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 should not 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) and salty foods (salt isn’t good for any of us).

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 pet dog any of your coffee or related beverage. Canines and caffeinated beverages are questionable at best. Keep your dog’s life simple and provide them with lots of fresh water. It may seem boring to you but that’s what’s appropriate for Fido. Coffee, or any form of caffeine, is a big no-no!

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Danny September, 2015

When I was young we had a 100 pound Lab female. My Mother would share the end of her coffee with our dog Midnight nearly every night. I guess this started at at about 5-6 years old. She never showed any nervousness or odd behavior. Midnight lived till the age of 16. Now I have another Lab but no coffee for her.


Mary July, 2015

Last night my 15 pound, 11 year old mini Schnauzer consumed a half-mug (about 6 fluid ounces) of strong black tea with milk. I was unaware of it until this morning but I could not fail to notice his behavior. He was extremely hyperactive, restless, with lots of moaning and short sharp barks. I got up several times, refilled his food bowl, refreshed his water, let him out and back in several times.

However, he did not settle down. Toward morning he dozed a little. When I realized he had drunk up the mug, I knew that he had suffered from caffeine poisoning. I think his abdomen looks a bit enlarged, as if his pancreas is affected. I shall take him to the vet today.


Troy June, 2015

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, not a depressant. Like other stimulants, such as amphetamines or cocaine, it has side effects such as diuresis (excess urine production) and dehydration as a consequence. It can also alter perceptions and brain function, leading to behavioral problems.


Rebecca April, 2015

My dog once ate a 1/4 of a cup of coffee grounds. She had to be at the pet hospital for 3 weeks because she was poisoned from the coffee. So unless you want to pay a lot of money to fix your dog, I wouldn’t!


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