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What is Caffeine Poisoning?

Caffeine is a crystalline compound found in the plants of tea and coffee. It is also an added ingredient in many food items and medications to act as a stimulant of the central nervous system. Many individuals consume caffeine in the form of coffee and tea, as well as in other substances; however, for dogs it is toxic. Caffeine is a common substance in coffee, tea, coffee grounds, tea bags, diet pills, and soda. A chemical that is related to caffeine, theobromine, is found in chocolate. All of these above substances are toxic to dogs. Stimulants to the cardiovascular system are used in ingested by people for a variety of conditions and recreational purposes.

Caffeine poisoning in dogs is the result of dogs ingesting caffeine, whether it be from coffee or other caffeinated substances, or chocolate. A stimulant to the central nervous system, a veterinary visit is essential if your pet consumes caffeine.

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Symptoms of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs

If you know your dog has eaten a food item with caffeine, it is important to get him medical attention. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning are:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Shaking
  • Panting
  • Agitation
  • Nervousness
  • Hypertension
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hypothermia
  • Seizures

Types

It is important to know items that contain this poisonous drug. Types of substances that contain caffeine besides coffee and tea are:

  • Protein bars
  • Energy drinks
  • Chocolate bars
  • Sodas
  • Diet pills
  • Ice cream that contains chocolate
  • Yogurt that contains cocoa
  • Hot chocolate

Causes of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of caffeine poisoning in dogs is due to the consumption of a food item or medication containing caffeine.  The ingestion of caffeine in small amounts may cause your pet to be mildly affected, but when a large portion is consumed (for example, if your pet eats the coffee filter and the contents) the effects could be more drastic. The effects can be:

  • Neurologic (for example seizures)
  • Metabolic
  • Gastrointestinal (vomiting)
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardiovascular (heart abnormalities)

Diagnosis of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs

Once you take your dog to visit the veterinarian for the ingestion of caffeine, the veterinarian will ask questions pertaining to the time frame of your dog consuming the food or drink item that contained the drug, the quantity you suspect he ingested, and any other questions to give the medical professional an idea of your dog’s condition. The veterinarian may take blood work and a urinalysis for testing to confirm the exposure to caffeine. The veterinarian may also test your dog’s plasma and the contents of the stomach fluid, which will allow the veterinarian to make a definitive diagnosis.

The veterinarian will need to rule out any other conditions, especially if you are not sure that he consumed an item with caffeine in it. Differential diagnoses may include the ingestion of chocolate, ephedrine, amphetamines, nicotine, lead, pesticides, and any other item that would present the same symptoms of toxicity.

Treatment of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment methods for caffeine poisoning in dogs are quite effective; however, it depends on the amount of caffeine ingested in the time it took for you to have the dog diagnosed and treated. During the treatment method that the veterinarian feels is appropriate, he will be monitoring your dog’s vital signs, such as his blood pressure, his heart rate, and signs from his central nervous system. Treatment methods can include:

Gastrointestinal Decontamination

Gastrointestinal decontamination can be achieved via gastric lavage, which is a procedure accomplished using an endotracheal tube to flush out the stomach contents.

Inducing Vomiting

Your veterinarian may want to perform emesis on your dog, which is the induction of vomiting to relieve the contents of the stomach.

Activated Charcoal

If emesis has successfully occurred, it is recommended that activated charcoal be administered soon thereafter. This should be left inside the stomach after the cleansing, and will prevent any further absorption into the stomach and other parts of the body.

Controlling the Central Nervous System

The central nervous system may show signs of distress, such as in the form of seizures. There are different medications that may be given, if needed, which can include diazepam, phenothiazines and other tranquilizers, phenobarbital, and pentobarbital. These medications help control the central nervous system so the dog can be stabilized and effectively receive the treatment provided. A type of anesthetic drug via general inhalation may be given if the above medications do not stabilize the central nervous system. Isoflurane is one such anesthetic in the form of a gas.

Recovery of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs

Recovery depends on the amount of caffeine intake. Recovery also depends on the length of time it took to receive treatment. If untreated, caffeine poisoning that leads to central nervous system conditions, such as seizures or collapse, can be lethal to dogs; if treated the prognosis is good. Once your dog has been successfully treated, the veterinarian will have specific after-care instructions, including instructions on how to administer medications, side-effects to watch out for, and any other instructions for at-home care. The veterinarian will want to see your dog again to check on his recovery.

Caffeine Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Gus
Husky
4 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Seems normal a little restless

Gus ate and destroyed a k cup with medium roast coffee his heart rate seems normal but he seemed a little bit restless until he fell asleep I doubt he ate it all because he was on a carpet and most of it fell in the carpet should I take him to the vet? First time dog owner just really worried!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Gus seems fine and is settled I would just keep an eye on him for the time being; ensure he is comfortable and hydrated. If any symptoms like rapid heart rate or any other symptoms present visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Shih Tzu
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hyper

I have a shih tzu about 14-16 lbs and I believe she ate about 4-6 licks of coffee grounds. She ate this possibly 1 hr ago. She has a little more energy than usual. She seems to be ok but I'm not sure what to do. If I should take her to the vet or if she’ll just be fine in her own.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to know exactly how much was consumed and the strength of the coffee itself, so it is difficult to gauge severity; small amounts of coffee ingestion may cause some mild to severe hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, tremors, seizures, collapse and death in cases of large ingestion. Keep an eye on Oreo but if in doubt visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-safety-tips/is-caffeine-poisonous-to-dogs/

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Bowie
Lab mix
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swallowed tea bag

My dog just swallowed an Earl Greyer tea bag by Repulic of Teas. Is he ate risk for caffeine poisoning? He is 35 lbs. More importantly, do you think the tea bag (he swallowed it whole) will pass through his digestive system? The tea was all gone but had been prepared with natural honey and splenda.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email If this just happened within the last 1-2 hours, it would be best to take Bowie to your nearest 24 hour facility and have them induce vomiting for him. If the tea bag is out of his system, all the worry is gone. If you aren't able to do that, or it has been longer than that, he may be okay. It is hard to say how much caffeine would still be in a bag of tea that has been steeped, and it may be minimal. I would expect the tea bag to digest and pass. Signs to watch for if he is having a problem include hyperactivity, tremors, dilated pupils, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, inappetance, or abdominal pain. I hope that he is okay.

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Bella
hound mix
1 Year
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Slight restlessness

My dog got into the mio drink mix flavored iced vanilla java. It contains less than two percent caffeine and is only about 1.6 go ounces, i think she only got half of it. Shes not showing any signs but in still concerned and wondering if I should get her seen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not familiar with this product but from the information I found online, caffeine is the fourth listed ingredient and it mentions the next ingredient taurine as being less than 2%. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially if you can feel a rapid heart rate, increased respiration or any other symptoms; this product is ten servings of iced coffee concentrate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.makeitmio.com/en/energy

i'm not sure where you found your facts but they are incorrect. the product she got into was not on the website you provided. i read the facts that were on the bottle. taurine was not listed in the ingredients and caffeine was the fifth listed item and it stated " Contains Less than 2% of Caffeine" so thank you but this was not at all helpful but my pup seems to be doing just fine

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Bellla
hound mix
1 Year
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Slight restlessness

Hi, my 50 lb dog got into mio drink mix flavored iced vanilla java, it contains less then 2 prevent caffeine and she only had about half the bottle, shes really showing symptoms but Im still worried and wondering if I should get her seen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not familiar with this product but from the information I found online, caffeine is the fourth listed ingredient and it mentions the next ingredient taurine as being less than 2%. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially if you can feel a rapid heart rate, increased respiration or any other symptoms; this product is ten servings of iced coffee concentrate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.makeitmio.com/en/energy

i'm not sure where you found your facts but they are incorrect. the product she got into was not on the website you provided. i read the facts that were on the bottle. taurine was not listed in the ingredients and caffeine was the fifth listed item and it stated " Contains Less than 2% of Caffeine" so thank you but this was not at all helpful but my pup seems to be doing just fine.

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Lucy
Yorkie
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaky whining

My 3.5 pound yorkie-poo-chihuahua drank Earl Grey tea, about 4 Oz, with milk, several hour ago. She's now shaky and whining, would like to have her checked out but we are snowed in. I've given her water (somewhat forced it with a syringe), & I wonder if there is anything else I can do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without veterinary care, there isn't very much that you can do if she drank too much caffeine, unfortunately. She may have periods of an increased heart rate, jittery behavior, tremors, and anxiety. She may also develop diarrhea or vomiting from stomach upset, and if she does develop those signs, she should be seen as soon as it is safe for you to get her to a veterinarian.

I had her with me & watched her all night, and by 5 am she had stopped shaking completely, and seemed quite happy.
She drank water & initially refused food, then threw up once (about 24 hrs after drinking the tea), and proceeded to eat and act normally.
Thanks for having this website, even looking at anecdotal evidence is helpful when you can't get out!

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Rex
Black and Tan Coonhound
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pacing, nervousness

Hi, my puppy, maybe 35 lbs at the most right now (4 month old black lab and coonhound) broke into a bottle of caffeine pills (100 mg each pill) and i'm not sure how many he swallowed. I found just one that was half eaten and the rest were spread all over the floor. This was about 3 hours ago and he threw up a big amount almost right away as well as he had a lot of diarrhea. Now though, he's very restless, nervous it seems, pacing, heart-rate i think is faster than normal. Should i just keep giving him water to help him pass this? I also have activated charcoal with me...

Thank you,
Justin

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Rex seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. That amount of caffeine is toxic to him, and could lead to seizures, heart arrythmias or death - he may need to be put on IV fluids to try and help flush the caffeine from his system, and have supportive care. I hope that he is okay. https://wagwalking.com/condition/caffeine-poisoning

OUR 140LB. BULLMASTIFF ATE A SMALL CHOLATE CAFFIENE BAR.....HUSBAND SAID HYDROGEN PEROXIDE...BOUT 3HRS. AGO...HELP

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Bella
Shih Tzu
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping

My 16 pound dog ate 2-3 fat burner diet pills will she be ok? I gave her hydrogen peroxide right away and she threw up four times. She is sleeping with a normal heart beat (I think) and not hyper. It has been about 45 minutes.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you induced vomiting immediately and the pills came back up then Bella should be alright, but if the pills didn’t come back up I would be concerned and recommend that your visit your Veterinarian or call the Pet Poison Helpline. It is not just caffeine in these pills but other ingredients in them can be toxic to dogs as well, but it depends on the brand of pills. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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wyatt
Miniature Schnauzer
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hyperactivity

I have a minature schnauzer and I believe he ate about less than a teaspoon of used coffee grounds. He ate this possibly 4 hrs ago. He has more energy than usual. Seems ok but I'm not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Small dogs can be sensitive to the caffeine in coffee grounds which may cause death in some cases; I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian or call the Pet Poison Helpline for further assistance. Hyperactivity is a common symptom but heart arrhythmias as other symptoms can go unnoticed and may be fatal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Memphis
Labrador
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog has licked an empty pint sized jar of Ben & Jerry's chocolate therapy ice-cream clean. He seems fine but should I take him to the vet anyways, he has eaten a few chocolate chips in the past but he is fine. Should I consult my vet anyways?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If the container was empty and Memphis licked the inside of the container and just ate the residual ice cream that was left, the chance of a dog his size (I'm assuimg that he weighs at least 50 pounds as a 4 year old lab) having enough chocolate from that to cause him any toxicity is slim. If he exhibits any signs of an increased heart rate, dilated pupils, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, he should be seen. I hope that he does well!

Thank you so much! That reduced my worrying by a lot!

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cringle
beagle boarder collie mix
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

Hello, my dog ate capsules called thrive. he had maybe a capsule and a half if that it does have caffeine. we weighs 40 pounds. he hasnt shown any symptoms. no throwing up and panting shaking sezuires. i did give him food and water he kept it down and didn't throw up

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I couldn’t find any information of exactly how much caffeine is in Thrive, but it contains extracts from green tea, green coffee bean and white tea as well as other ingredients which may have traces of caffeine. I would recommend going to your Veterinarian for activated charcoal (too much time has passed for induced vomiting) and supportive care as I am unsure about the quantity of caffeine consumed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much, I stayed home for a go amount of time taking him out to the bathroom, I gave him food little by little to coat the Caffeine he is doing great.

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