Can dogs get drunk?

Drinking alcohol is a favorite pass time of many people and cultures around the world. It’s an ancient drink often used in ceremony, and made from many different ingredients to create many flavors from beer to moonshine and everything in-between. Some even theorize that making alcoholic beverages was on of the primary reasons human beings began harvesting plants. So, given our long history together, there’s no doubt that many dogs have had a sip or two of the stuff over the years. But, can they get drunk? Well, the answer is yes.

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Is it okay to give my dog a beer?

Now, your next question might be how much does it take to get a dog drunk, and the general rule is the same as it is with people, the smaller the dog, the less it takes to get them drunk. So you might enjoy getting drunk every now and then and it might lead you to believe it would be fun or funny to get your dog drunk. I want to be very clear about this.

It is never okay to get your dog drunk!

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I like to give two main reasons for this.

  • They cannot consent
  • It is very dangerous for them

This is my top reason for why you shouldn’t give your dog alcohol. A dog’s mind is similar to a toddler or young child’s mind in many ways, only dogs stay like kids for their entire lives. There is no way to properly inform a dog of what you are giving them and the effects it will have on them. When you drink alcohol, you are well aware of what kind of effect it will have on your body, but your dog doesn’t have that information available. Alcohol can affect dogs in much the same way it affects humans, which is to say it can make them uncoordinated, depressed, groggy, dizzy, dehydrated, and sick.

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It is very dangerous for them

The same reasons alcohol is poisonous to humans make it poisonous to dogs as well. It can cause damage to your dog’s liver, heart, brain, and other organs. It is also dangerous in a similar way as candy and chocolate. Although, instead of raising blood sugar levels , it can lower blood sugar levels in your dog to dangerous amounts (some alcoholic beverages contain lots of sugar or xylitol and pose an extra risk). It can also cause hypothermia and low blood pressure. All of these can lead to organ failure and death. Lesser symptoms in your pupper may include restlessness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and disorientation, and dehydration. While humans tend to have fun while experiencing those symptoms, it is unlikely that your dog will enjoy them as much as you do. The dehydration caused by alcohol is also the main factor in causing hangovers, which means the effects of the alcohol can lead into the next day, making your pet uncomfortable and unhappy.

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My dog drank alcohol, what do I do?

Don’t panic. It’s not uncommon for a dog to get ahold of some alcohol that’s been left unattended. Your first move, as with anything your dog might consume that can be harmful, is to either call your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline. Both can be great sources for how you should handle the situation. If your dog has only consumed a small amount, depending on the kind of drink, you may just have to wait it out and let the alcohol take its course. If you’re unsure how much your furry friend consumed, it’s urgent to get them some medical care, because alcohol poisoning in dogs must be treated as soon as possible. Before assuming anything, it is best to seek advice from your vet or the pet poison hotline. They’ll be able to give you any next steps you need to take.

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Thank you for reading today’s post. I hope it has been helpful and informative. If you enjoyed this post and want more content like it, make sure to like and subscribe. If you have anything to add to today’s entry, please feel free to leave a comment. Make sure to check out and follow the Pupper Blog’s other social media pages. And as always, have a great week and take care of yourselves and your puppers!

Published by jdleeabc

I am a lover of animals, especially dogs. I am a blogger and clothing designer and a freelance writer.

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