What Can Happen If My Dog Drinks Alcohol?

What Can Happen If My Dog Drinks Alcohol?

This should go without saying. If kids aren’t allowed to have alcohol, why would it be okay for your dog to have it?

In fact, it is one of the top substances listed by the ASPCA that should never cross your dog’s mouth. This is why:

Effects of Alcohol on Dogs

As you already know, not all human foods are suitable for dogs. The ASPCA advises that “under no circumstances should your dog be given alcohol.” Even if your dog begs, this isn’t the type of ‘treat’ you should oblige. Here are some of the effects of alcohol on dogs:

  • Vomiting
  • Trouble walking
  • Loss of coordination
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty breathing

The worst-case scenarios include alcohol poisoning. This can put your dog in a coma or cause issues with the central nervous system (CNA). It can even lead to death.

If Your Dog Drinks Alcohol

If you suspect your dog has consumed alcohol accidentally, you must act immediately. While dogs don’t usually enjoy the taste of alcohol, overconsumption has happened, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you see the act, and it is only a few licks, remove your dog immediately and give them water and food to drink. If your dog refuses it, contact your vet immediately.

If you have no clue how much he/she drank, contact animal poison control at 888-426-4435. You may be required to bring your dog to the animal clinic where he/she will be placed on a drip for hydration purposes to flush the alcohol out of his/her system.

Next time, please be more careful.

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