By Kim Rain
Published: 06/04/2021, edited: 10/04/2022
People who love their dogs love to include them in all they do, and with more and more businesses opening their doors to canines, the world gets bigger all the time for our precious pooches. In big cities, dog-loving bars have established “Yappy Hours” when dogs are welcome to lounge as their humans have a drink with friends, and several wineries now allow dogs to tour the vineyards and chillax next to their humans during wine tastings.
But if you’ve been sad that your dog had to watch the fun
from the sidelines, we’ve got some huge news for you- Dog Wine is Here! That’s
right, specially formulated wine made just for dogs is making the rounds, and
the pups are barking for a taste!
Human wine certainly is toxic to pets, as it contains both alcohol and grapes. Alcohol can cause effects that range from mild inebriation to life-threatening medical conditions such as difficulty breathing, dehydration, a reduced heart rate and even seizures. And grapes can cause vomiting and diarrhea within 6 to 12 hours of ingestion, and kidney failure within 1 to 3 days! Yikes!
Many people aren’t aware of the dangers of our alcoholic
beverages to dogs, and some even let their pups get a taste of their wine or
other drink, but this could be lethal! That’s where dog wine comes in.
Dog wine is a specially formulated drink free of alcohol, grapes and carbonation, and is made of 100% dog-safe ingredients. It comes in several varieties, and often contains herbs or supplements that can be beneficial to pooches. Whether your dog just wants whatever you are having, or is a connoisseur of fine things, there’s sure to be a dog wine they will be wagging their tail to get another drink of!
Let’s take a look at some of the better-known dog wineries and their unique concoctions made just for pooches.
Woof & Brew
This British pet company specializes in dog beverages, and offers supplemental drinks that help everything from bad doggie breath to relieving gas. Along with their teas and treats for dogs, they also carry two varieties of dog wines that contain vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. These dog wines can be drunk as is, or poured over food.
Based in the U.S. in sunny Florida, Pet Winery specializes in treating pets with their own wine and champagne blends, as well as specially flavored dog-safe ice cream! All varieties of their dog wines and champagnes include bacon and salmon oil which contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help support your dog’s immune system, joints, skin and coat, and even their heart! Just be sure your dog isn’t allergic to fish oil before serving up a cup.
Another U.S. company, Apollo Peak is located in mountainous Colorado. Not only does this furbulous pet drink company offer two dog wine varieties and occasional special editions, but they also sell pawdorable plush wine bottles for the chewer in your life. Some plushies are even scented with real anise which dogs love!
Got a dog who is more a bruiser than a sipper? Woof & Brew and the Pet Winery also sell dog beer for a different taste. And if your kitty is trying to get in on the action, check out Apollo Peak’s huge cat wine line, as well as Pet Winery’s feline concoctions.
Now that you’ve got your hands on some pawfectly crafted and safe dog wine, how do you let your pup enjoy it?
The pawssibilities are simply endless! Of course, you should always talk with your veterinarian before adding dog wine into your pup’s diet, and go slowly when introducing it for the first time. While the ingredients in dog wine are generally safe, there’s always a chance for a rare allergic reaction to occur to one of their ingredients, so be sure to watch your dog for any symptoms.
If you’d like to give dog wine a try, look online or to your
local premier pet store for a bottle of a red, white or pink variety that’ll
make your dog’s tail wag! Woof!
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