Coffee for Dogs: Is It Safe?

Due to the gravity of this question, it’s important to be very direct and to the point.

Coffee for dogs is a bad idea. 

Some coffee drinkers, who can’t get through their day, without their morning coffee decide to share some with their dogs. Coffee contains caffeine, and in certain amounts, it can be fatal to dogs.

With that being said, coffee should be kept out of the reach of dogs. No dog athletic or otherwise should be given coffee to drink. No matter how much your dog begs for coffee, do not give in. A few accidental laps of a spilled drop of coffee should not present a problem as long as you wipe up the remainder of the spill.

According to many vets, just 14 mg of caffeine per pound of coffee can cause discomfort for your dog and may lead to health problems. Just one 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. This amount of caffeine can be very harmful to any dog, and for small dogs 10 pounds and under, it can be fatal.

On that note, to protect your dog’s health you should never allow your dog to consume any amount of coffee.

What To Do If Your Dog Drank Coffee

Now, accidents happen. If your dog drank coffee, you’ll want to act quick.

If you were present when it happened and witnessed your dog drink a large portion of coffee, call your vet immediately. If you were not present and not sure how much coffee your dog consumed, you will want to pay very close attention to your dog and be ready to head to the vet if need be.

In this situation, it is important to be aware of the symptoms that occur when a dog drinks coffee.

Caffeine takes a half an hour to enter the dog’s bloodstream. As soon as the symptoms start to show up, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Dogs that have coffee in the system experience diarrhea, tremors, seizures, vomiting, nausea, excessive salivation, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, hypertension, and loss of appetite. What can be done about these symptoms?

The best way to alleviate caffeine poisoning in dogs is to induce vomiting. Vomiting will remove most of the caffeine from his guts. Unless your vet has clearly instructed you on how to do so, do not induce your dog to vomit yourself. Take your dog to your vet. Depending on how much coffee your dog consumed ,your vet may need to administer medication to help slow their heart rate.

Products with Caffeine to Be Cautious With

Caffeine can be found in other products that include tea, tea bags, energy drinks, diet pills, soda, and other carbonated beverages. While soda does not have as much caffeine as coffee, diet pills have more caffeine than any product with caffeine on the market. Just one or two diet pills ingested by dogs can be fatal.

There are absolutely no benefits of caffeine for dogs and you should do everything you can to prevent your dog from consuming coffee.

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