Coffee is a drink that many of us enjoy (and need) first thing in the morning! That jolt of joe gets our day started and gives us the energy needed to get on with our day! But have you noticed your dog really paying attention when you drink coffee? Does he beg for some, too? If so, then he may try to help himself when he sees your cup left unguarded! But what happens if a dog drinks coffee?
Has your dog drunk some coffee? Are you worried the coffee could make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this. For this reason, we’ve put together some information to help you and your dog.
In this article, we’ve put together some information about coffee and whether or not it can make a dog sick. We’ve also included information on what to do if your dog drinks coffee. Let’s get started!
What is Coffee?
Coffee is made with coffee beans that grow on small trees or shrubs. They’re usually grown in a tropical climate, such as in different parts of South America. Did you know that coffee is one of the most popular beverages around the world? What makes it so popular?
Coffee contains plenty of antioxidants and caffeine in a drink that has a somewhat bitter taste. It’s the caffeine in the coffee that gives you that jolt in the morning! Caffeine is a psychoactive drug, though it’s unregulated. It has a stimulating effect on many parts of the body. Many people are addicted to coffee because of caffeine. This substance works on the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and other systems of the body!
So, what happens if a dog drinks coffee?
Coffee & Dogs
Unfortunately, the caffeine in coffee is very toxic to dogs. While a lick or two of coffee won’t make your dog sick, it may make him a little more active. Drinking more coffee can make your dog very sick, however.
Symptoms of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has had some coffee:
- Excessive thirst & urination
- Abnormal heart rhythm
Symptoms may not appear for as long as 1-2 hours after a dog drinks coffee.
What to Do if Your Dog Has Had Coffee
We highly recommend that you call the vet immediately if your dog has drunk some coffee. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. By that time, your dog could be very sick or even die. So, call the vet right away and let them know what’s happened.
Your vet is the best guide when it comes to your dog drinking coffee. They will let you know what steps to take next, which will probably involve taking your dog to the vet’s office as soon as possible.