Coffee: How Good or Bad Is It for Your Dog?

Apart from coffee, a lot of everyday food products contain caffeine, such as tea, chocolate, soda and energy drinks, which are just as dangerous for your canines. Dogs tend to be more sensitive towards the effects of caffeine than humans. In most cases, a few licks of coffee cannot cause any kind of toxicity in dogs. If your dog consumes an inadequate amount of coffee, you might notice the following signs and symptoms:

  1. Sudden hyperactivity or restlessness
  2. Vomiting
  3. Agitation 
  4. Elevated blood pressure
  5. Change in body temperature 
  6. Seizures
  7. Rapid heartbeat 
  8. Tremors
  9. Difficulty in breathing
  10. Diarrhea 

In case the dog shows any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, then chances are that your dog might have gotten into your coffee and you need to immediately take him to the vet.

How much coffee is injurious to the health of your dog?

According to recent studies, it has been revealed that caffeine is harmful when consumed around 150 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight. A regular cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine. 

Clear symptoms of coffee consumption in your canine

Usually, the early symptoms of coffee poisoning appear within 1-2 hours of consumption of caffeine. The signs and symptoms may vary depending on the size, weight, resistance and overall health of your dog. In case your dog consumes high levels of ground coffee, seizures may also be observed. In many rare cases, it is also possible for dogs to faint if they have consumed high levels of caffeine.

Response of pet-owners in case of a medical emergency

There are no special medications or treatments for caffeine poisoning in dogs, therefore, the best way to cure it is through induced vomiting. Go for this option only if you are 100% sure that your dog has drunk a lot of coffee and has not just licked it a few times from your coffee mug.

Use of medication for your pet in case of a crisis

In case of an emergency, your vet may give your dog an anti-seizure medicine to bring down the blood pressure. Your dog might also be given sedation drugs and be admitted in the hospital to make sure that the symptoms have completely disappeared.

Other edible items as a source of caffeine

As mentioned earlier, caffeine is present in a lot of foods, and not just in tea and coffee. In case your pet swallowed a tea bag or licked a diet soda, the risks might be just as much as if he licked your freshly brewed morning coffee. In case you are not sure whether or not your pet can have a small sip of any other beverage that you may be drinking other than coffee, then it is better to remain on the safe side and make sure to not let your pet have even a small sip of it. Dogs, however, require clean drinking water to remain hydrated. 

Final word

A lot of pet owners who are a fan of coffee wish to share their favorite drink with their pets. For many, a pet is like their closest friend with whom they would want to visit their favorite cafe and share some of their favorite coffee with them. However, you should never let your pet have a sip of your coffee,  as caffeine is extremely harmful to dogs. In case your dog accidentally consumes ground coffee or drinks an inadequate amount of coffee, do not panic immediately and try to remain calm. Always remember not to give your pet any coffee even if you really want to. It is important to understand that coffee is not a healthy beverage option for dogs, even if you give it in small quantities. If your pet becomes addicted to coffee, then it might be very difficult to cure the dog and get rid of its unhealthy and toxic effects. 

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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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