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Are you wondering if it’s okay to share a cold beer with your dog?
We know this is a disappointing answer but, truth be told, you really shouldn’t!
While a minimal amount is unlikely to cause harm, one should never underestimate the effects of alcohol. The fact is canine consumption of beer can be tragic.
Too much beer could easily damage your dog’s organs including their kidneys and liver.
So, despite what some owners may think, we cannot approve.
Dogs Should Not Be Given Beer
And especially to the point of intoxication.
But, any amount is potentially poisonous. Alcoholic beer is just a bad idea.
Here’s an alternative…
Sure, some folks share a bit of beer and it turns out to be harmless.
Nevertheless, we still cannot recommend it. Here’s why…
Brain Damage to Dogs
Beer can harm your dog in unexpected ways. I’m talking about brain damage.
Don’t believe it?
Check out this neuropathologic study that was done on 5 dogs.
Bad news. Basically, it proves loss of brain cells and also white matter is severely affected.
There are, unfortunately, plenty more downsides to beer.
Small Liver — Big Problems
Your dog has a relatively small liver and this makes processing beer’s alcohol difficult.
Liver damage is permanent and can be fatal.
More Reasons To Ban Beer
A dog’s central nervous system (CNS) function can easily be affected by beer.
Your little guy’s heart rate and breathing could slow.
Slipping into a coma is possible.
Alcohol may also make your dog’s blood overly acidic. This can lead to Cardiac arrest.
Beer, like all alcohol, causes blood sugar levels to drop.
Seizures are possible. And beer can indirectly harm canine kidneys.
Your dog will get sick or could even die.
What To Watch For
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 compounds a poisoning problem. It could come quickly and quite seriously.
Here are the telltale side effects (suffering):
Mood changes, confusion, hyperactivity, loss of coordination, increased urination, difficulty breathing, decreased temperature and again seizures.
A Quickly Drunk Dog
Even a small amount of alcohol, especially on an empty stomach, may bring on poisoning in as little as 30 minutes.
Observable drunkenness is very worrisome.
Such a scenario is not like when you see a drunk person stumbling around. Dogs can’t handle the effects.
A Pet Poisoning Plan
You will urgently need your vet’s help if your dog is sick from beer.
They’ll measure blood alcohol content (BAC) and check internal organs.
FYI: Activated charcoal cannot remove toxins from a dog’s bloodstream because it stays in the digestive tract.
It’s Just A Bad Beverage
One last thing…
Beer obviously does not hydrate! It’s a diuretic!
Avoid unnecessarily depleting your dog’s electrolytes.
Valuable minerals like sodium, chloride and potassium are lost during dehydration.
The Bottom Line
It is irresponsible to give alcohol, including beer, to your dog.
Irreversible effects are possible. There could be deeply regrettable consequences.
Save the beer drinking for your human pals.
Please don’t downplay the dangers for dogs. No beer!