Dogs and the dangers of alcohol

Can I Share a Beer with My Dog?

If you’re sitting around wondering whether or not you should share a cold one with your dog, there’s a quick and easy answer to this conundrum: No, you shouldn’t give your dog beer. Or any alcohol for that matter.

For those of you who are still around, let’s take a bit of a longer look at why exactly you shouldn’t be giving your dog beer – no matter how hard of a workday the two of you might’ve had. Even if you don’t give your dog enough beer to get drunk, it’s still a bad idea for a number of reasons.


Smaller Organs Means More Dangerous Effects

While some people do occasionally give their dogs a couple sips of beer, that’s not something we can get behind much less condone. Compared to most of us, your dog’s liver and kidneys are substantially smaller than a human’s. Because of this, alcohol from any source -even something with as small of an alcohol content as beer- can poison your dog fairly quick.

With a small liver, a dog’s body is going to have a terribly difficult time trying to filter out the alcohol. Because of this, the liver can be damaged to the point of no return, and if you think keeping up with a dog’s walk schedule is demanding, imagine having a pup that requires regular dialysis.

And where people understand that drinking alcoholic beverages isn’t going to offer a truly hydrating effect, dogs don’t. So after having some beer, she’s going to start feeling even thirstier and have no idea that her potassium, chloride, and sodium are being forced out of her body since she’ll also be peeing more than normal. You know, since beer also forces you to pee more often (which may or may not be something you’re aware of, but it’s true).

Your dog’s kidneys, which act as a filter for many of the body’s fluids, can be damaged while attempting to filter alcohol out of their system. If her kidneys start to malfunction, your pup could end up very ill or die unexpectedly and you might not even have an indication that there was a problem at all.


As if All that Wasn’t Enough

So if your dog potentially needing dialysis or dying (at least from kidney problems) isn’t enough of a reason to keep you from trying to give her some alcohol, there are still even more problems that spirits could lead to.

Since alcohol causes blood to become over-acidic, drinking alcohol can cause a dog to have a seizure or a heart attack. That over-acidic blood could also lead to permanent brain damage.

Should your dog have a little too much to drink, there’s also a chance that your pup’s nervous system will start to shut down. Likewise, you could see your dog’s breathing slow down and she could end up going into a coma.

Even a Small Amount is too Much
No matter what type of alcohol is consumed, alcohol is directly absorbed into the consumer’s system. With us (people), a few drinks can be alright, but dogs just don’t metabolize the stuff well at all. And if you have a small dog, it can turn what might have been a small issue into a serious poisoning situation even after a few sips. Give a dog too much beer and you’re going to see some very big problems show up.

And if your dog only eats once a day and it’s drinking that beer on an empty stomach, those problems will be present quick. And even if your uncle thought it was funny as heck to see his wife’s pug get drunk during parties, giving a dog alcohol just isn’t funny. That observable drunkness wreaks havoc on a dog’s mood and can lead to full-time depression, loss of coordination, respiratory issues, seizures, and much more. That’s also not mentioning the fact that dog’s don’t know they’re drunk and it could harm them in physical and emotional ways that haven’t yet been tested.

Giving your dog some beer, no matter what, is a bad idea. Doing that could lead to her having chronic illnesses or dying. As a responsible pet owner, the only cold one you should be giving your dog after a hard day’s work is a bowl of water. Beer is for people. Period.