Coca Cola is a brand know around the world for its refreshing beverage of the same name. The soda is wonderful to drink cold, with ice (or without) on a hot summer’s day. It’s refreshing! Coke (Coca Cola) also works with all kinds of foods, such as Mexican food, hamburgers and friends, and more! But what happens if a dog drinks Coca Cola?
Has your dog had some Coca Cola to drink? Are you worried the Coca Cola may make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be very scary when your dog drinks something he shouldn’t. That’s why we’ve put together some information to help you and your dog.
In this article, we’ll take a look at Coca Cola and whether or not it can make a dog sick. We’ll also share information on what you should do if your dog has had Coca Cola to drink. Let’s get started!
What is Coca Cola?
Coca Cola is a carbonated soft drink (also called a “soda” and also referred to as “Coke”). This is a product manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company. The brand of soda is known all around the world! The beverage was once touted as a temperance drink back in the days when liquor was banned. Coke was also used as a medicine to treat certain health issues! It’s still used that way today, by the way. Who hasn’t had some Coke for an upset stomach?
Coke originally contained coca leaves and kola nuts, which is where the beverage’s name comes from. The formula has changed many times over the years; so that you won’t find coca leaves or other ingredients in this soda! Instead, today’s Coca Cola recipe includes:
- Carbonated water
- Sugar (sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup—depending on the country)
- Phosphoric acid
- Caramel color (E150d)
- Natural flavorings
Coca Cola is considered safe for humans to enjoy once in a while; however, what about dogs? Can Coca Cola make dogs sick?
Coca Cola & Dogs
Unfortunately, Coca Cola is not that good for dogs. This is because the beverage contains high amounts of sugar and caffeine.
Sugar can cause dogs to become hyperactive, depressed, agitated, and more. In addition, the caffeine in Coke is toxic to dogs.
Caffeine poisoning is a common problem in dogs. The problem is that dogs are not able to metabolize caffeine as we can. This is why dogs may be poisoned by the caffeine in Coke.
What to Do If Your Dog Drank Coca Cola
We strongly recommend that you call the vet right away if your dog has had some Coke to drink. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear; it’s best to call the vet as soon as possible. Let them know what’s happened and about how much Coke your dog has had. Then the vet will provide information on the next steps you need to help your dog!