My Dog Drank Wine What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 11/16/21 •  3 min read
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An occasional glass of wine with dinner or in the evening is something many of us enjoy! It can be healthy when taken once in a while. And it’s a drink that goes with many types of cuisines! When you’re enjoying a glass of wine, does your dog beg for some, too? That’s a common issue. Many fur babies want to have what their pet parents have! But what happens if a dog drinks some wine?

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Has your dog had some wine? Are you worried the wine will 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. We’ve put together some information to help you and your dog.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at wine and whether or not it can make a dog sick. We’ll also share information on what you can do if your dog has some wine. Let’s get started!

What is Wine?

Wine is an alcoholic beverage that’s derived from the fermented juice of grapes! It’s true it’s possible to make wine from other fruits; however, the most common type of wine is made from grapes.

Wine’s been around for thousands of years! The earliest wine was found by scientists to be in Georgia (the country, not the state!), and it dated back to 6,000 BC! Wine has a very long history and has been used to enjoy with dinner and even has a medicinal. Wine’s been used to treat to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.

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One of the main ingredients in wine is ethanol (alcohol). This is the substance in wine that gives you a little buzz and helps you relax a little bit. That’s because alcohol blocks some of the pathways from the body to the brain. Wine also contains plenty of healthy antioxidants and more.

While wine can be healthy for humans (in moderation), what happens if a dog drinks wine?

Wine & Dogs

Unfortunately, wine is not good for dogs. This is because the alcohol in the wine can lead to alcohol toxicity. If your dog has a small lick or two of wine, he should be OK. But more than that is enough to make a dog pretty sick.

The effect of the wine and its level of toxicity depends on the dog’s size and weight. For a toy breed, just a small amount of wine will make them very sick. On the other hand, a larger dog drinking the same amount may not experience any troubling symptoms.

Symptoms of Alcohol Toxicity in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms in your dog if he’s had wine:

What to Do If Your Dog Has Had Wine

If your dog has had any wine to drink, then it’s best to call the vet right away. Try to figure out how much wine your dog has had and provide this information to the vet.

The vet is the best person to provide you advice and guidance on the next steps you need to take to help your dog!

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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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