It is important to remember that many foods and drinks we can consume safely are toxic and very bad for your pooch. Let's talk a bit more about beer and why it is so bad for dogs.
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Signs of a Dog Intoxicated by Beer
When your dog drinks even a small amount of this alcoholic beverage, it absorbs into their system very quickly. It goes into their bloodstream, and signs your dog is intoxicated and has ethanol poisoning can show up anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
If your dog starts showing odd behavioral changes, such as barking, biting, snapping, shaking, recklessness, and unusual movement, this indicates a severe issue. Additional symptoms may include confusion, loss of balance, improper walking, vomiting, urinating much more than usual, or having a hard time peeing.
If your dog shows any combination of these symptoms and you suspect they got into some beer, you need to speak with your vet right away. This is a hazardous condition, and your dog will need proper medical treatment as soon as possible.
- Lack of focus
- Head bobbing
- Tongue hanging
- Urinating a lot or having trouble urinating
- Changes in their behavior
- Stumbling around and changes in their movements
- Vomiting, dizziness, and confusion
History of Dogs and Beer
Even before the Egyptians wrote down recipes for their beers, we believe that a form of beer was created in Mesopotamia around 10,000 BC where they would ferment ingredients like yeast and barley in bowls. Back then, beer was generally consumed in religious ceremonies and brewed for only special and meaningful celebrations. It is unlikely dogs would have tried and been feed any beer since it was seen as a special and religious-based beverage.
Today, beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. There are so many different varieties to choose from. From large name-brands to small, independent microbreweries, there is something for almost everyone to love. We also know that that beer and alcohol is dangerous for dogs or any other type of animal to consume, even in the smallest quantities. You should refrain from sharing any amount of beer with your pup to keep them safe and healthy.
Science Behind Dogs and Beer
If this happens, it is a life-threatening condition that needs prompt medical treatment.
Furthermore, beer can also have other side effects for your pooch as well. They can start to vomit uncontrollably, which will lead to severe dehydration. Dehydration will leave them weak, lethargic, and very sick. Beer can also lead to brain damage because the blood sugar level may drop so low from the beer it cuts off circulation to the brain.
Liver, kidney, and heart failure are also common. Your dog's kidneys and liver cannot process and handle beer and alcohol properly, so even a minimal amount of beer can cause these vital organs to fail. We see heart failure as well because the alcohol is absorbed directly into their bloodstream, which affects the function of their heart.
In some cases, we also see dogs go into comas as well, if enough is consumed, and in the most extreme cases, death is possible.
Helping Your Dog Steer Clear of Beer
If so, you must take them to the vet or the nearest vet emergency facility right away for the proper medical care. The sooner you get your dog to the vet, preferably before they even begin to show symptoms, their chances of recovery are very high! They will only have to spend a day at the vet getting treatment, and they can go home with you the same day.
We also recommend keeping any beers, both open and unopen, as far away from your dog as possible, so you do not even get to the point of having to take them to the vet. Keep beers in the fridge or in a cooler that closes tightly so they cannot get into it. Make sure open beers during a party or just at home are left in a place your dog is never able to reach.
How to React if Your Dog has Beer:
Call your vet immediately for advice.
Assess how much they have consumed.
Take into consideration the weight and size of your dog.
Safety Tips for Keeping Dogs Away from Beer:
Keep beer out of reach at all times.
Never give your dog a lick of beer.