Continuing on with our current theme of the foods and drinks that are (and often aren’t) safe for dogs, today we are looking at whether or not dogs can drink coffee.
Coffee may be essential to the daily functioning of many humans – but what about our four-legged friends?
Can they perk themselves up with a quick hit of Java … or is that going to cause health problems?
Is Coffee Safe For Dogs?
Coffee is not safe for dogs, and dogs cannot drink coffee.
The key reason for this is that coffee is high in caffeine. Dogs have a low tolerance for caffeine, and even relatively small amount of caffeine could be seriously harmful for your dog if ingested.
Compared to humans, dogs simply have a far lower tolerance for caffeine (this makes even more sense when you consider that dogs generally weigh a lot less than their human companions).
A couple of sips of coffee won’t kill your dog, but the ingestion of even a relatively small amount of coffee grounds (or drinking larger quantities of coffee) could be fatal, especially for smaller dogs who are even more prone to the effects of coffee.
What Are The Effects Of Coffee On Your Dog?
If your dog consumes too much coffee, then the following symptoms may occur:
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Elevated body temperature
- Elevated heart rate
As you can see, coffee (and its constituent, caffeine) really are not good for dogs at all!
What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Dog Has Consumed Coffee?
This depends largely on the quantity you suspect your dog has consumed.
For example, if your dog has just sipped a couple of sips of coffee out of the bottom of your cup, then you probably have nothing to worry about.
However, if your dog has managed to eat a bag of coffee grounds, then that is a serious emergency and you need to get to the vet immediately.
If you suspect only a relatively small amount of coffee has been consumed, then you are probably fine just to monitor your dog over the coming hours and days to note any change in behaviour, vomiting etc. If you notice this, then once again you need to get down the vet – pronto!
Conclusion – Can Dogs Drink Coffee?
No, absolutely not. Dogs cannot and should not drink coffee, as it could be very toxic to them.
If your dog has consumed a small amount of coffee, then that’s unlikely to be too harmful.
However, consumption of any serious amount of coffee is an emergency, and should be treated as such.