My Dog Drank Eggnog What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 11/05/21 •  3 min read
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When the holidays come, it means plenty of time spent with family and friends. Holidays also mean it’s time to indulge in great food, treats, and special drinks! Does your family love eggnog? If so, you’re not alone! Many people enjoy this drink at holiday time! But what happens if a dog drinks eggnog?

Has your dog drunk eggnog? Are you worried the eggnog will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your fur baby does something like this.

In this article, we’ll take a look at eggnog and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Eggnog?

Eggnog is a very rich drink that is traditionally served over the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s). This drink is usually made with eggs, cream, milk, sugar, spices (may include nutmeg), alcohol, and milk. The drink can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled. The alcohol used in this yummy drink maybe brandy, rum, or whiskey.

Eggnog has been around for a while! According to historical records, this favorite holiday beverage first appeared in the 1800s. Since that time, eggnog has become something many people look forward to over the holiday season!

One more note—not all eggnog contains alcohol; however, most do. So, if you’ve bought a bottle of eggnog, be sure to check the label. If it contains alcohol, then keep it away from underaged kids and from your pets.

Accidents will happen, and it’s possible a dog may get into some eggnog. But what happens if a dog drinks eggnog?

Eggnog & Dogs

Eggnog that contains alcohol or not isn’t good for dogs. Eggnog that contains alcohol is toxic to dogs because they’re not able to metabolize alcohol the way we do. What’s more, the drink usually contains a lot of sugar, nutmeg, and other ingredients that can make a dog sick.

So, it’s best to keep this beverage away from your dog. If your dog has one lick of eggnog, chances are he will be OK. However, if he drinks more eggnog, he could become very sick.

Symptoms of Eggnog Toxicity in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has drunk eggnog:

Alcohol toxicity in dogs can lead to death. If you know for sure or suspect your dog has drunk some eggnog, then call the vet right away. This could be an emergency.

Your dog has the best chance of surviving if you get him to the vet ASAP. The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after drinking eggnog.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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