Is it safe for dogs to drink coffee?

Panera coffee offerings, photo provided by Panera
Panera coffee offerings, photo provided by Panera /

Ever been enjoying your morning cup of coffee and see your furry little dog friend begging for some? Find out if it’s safe to do so, right here!

For those of us dog lovers who also happen to be avid coffee lovers as well, we want nothing more than to share our favorite cup of joe with our favorite pooches. As much as we’d like to share our coffees with our dogs, it just simply isn’t safe. In fact, caffeine is actually toxic to dogs, so avoid letting them sip your cup, or get the rest that’s leftover.

Should your dog accidentally ingest some coffee/caffeine, don’t panic right away; there are some things that can be done in order to reverse caffeine poisoning and how to treat your dogs as well.

Coffee isn’t safe for your dog to be ingesting, so watch out for these potential signs of caffeine poisoning!

Just like it does in humans, caffeine acts on a dog’s nervous system and heart. Dogs have a much lower tolerance for caffeine than humans do, so even when a tiny bit is consumed, symptoms can begin showing up almost immediately.

All of that being said, here are some of the symptoms/signs of caffeine poisoning:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • An Elevated Heart Rate
  • Tremors

The higher the concentration of caffeine that a dog ingests, the greater the likelihood of symptoms leading to difficulty breathing and seizures, which of course is something we never want our dogs to suffer from and go through.

Now that we’ve gone over some symptoms of caffeine poisoning, here’s how to treat a dog that has ingested some caffeine:

  • Induce Vomiting
    • This will help to essentially prevent more caffeine from entering your pup’s blood vessels
  • Go see your vet immediately and see if anti-seizure pills can be prescribed
  • Treat with blood pressure reducing/lowering meds

Should something like this happen, of course, it’s always best to take your dog to their given vet or emergency vet, should their normal vet be closed for the night. Likely, the vet will want to keep the dog for a few hours if not overnight.

While we love giving our dogs some human treats and food every now and then, that’s totally fine, but just make sure that it’s safe to do it before doing so.

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What is your dog’s favorite safe human food to eat? Be sure to let us know down in the comments below! Also, let us know what your pooches are getting for Christmas this year! Woof, Woof!