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From St. Patrick’s Day to lazy summer barbecues to Oktoberfest and beyond, you might find yourself sipping a cold beer with your dog nearby. Does he want a taste? If he does, is it safe for your dog to share a sip of beer? The short answer: no. But read on for a clever workaround.
Dogs and Beer: Is It Safe?
Sadly, dogs and your favorite brews really don’t go together.
Alcohol is toxic to dogs in direct proportion to a dog’s weight. According to Pet Poison Helpline, alcohol poisoning can cause hypothermia, low blood pressure, seizures, and respiratory failure in dogs. Treatments include induced vomiting (under a vet’s watchful eye,) IV fluids, and a dextrose drip.
Hops, a major ingredient in most beer, are toxic to dogs, causing elevated body temperature, racing heart, and vomiting. Luckily, most dogs aren’t likely to be around hops themselves; only homebrewers really need to worry about limiting their dogs’ access to actual hops. However, hops in beer are still a concern for dogs.
Beer Made Just for Dogs
Sounds pretty scary right? Luckily for the discriminating doggie palate, brews made just for dogs can be found online, in pet stores, and at dog-friendly bars across the nation.
Yes, dog “beer” is available: A handful of companies make dog “beer” in the form of savory broths, meal additives, and “liquid treats” your dog will love.
Our Favorite Dog Brews
Yep, this Bowser Beer is brewed just for our canine pals and makes for a tasty topper—well, for your four-legged friend. The variety pack comes with two bottles of each flavor—chicken, pork, and beef—plus lots of malty goodness without the alcohol or hops.Find on Amazon
You’re sure to get happy tail wags with this 8-ounce bottle of non-alcoholic beer—especially when it’s yummy beef flavored. And because there’s nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day, you can even safely freeze this “beer” by pouring it into an ice mold to make pet beer-sicles.Shop on Amazon
Not only is a bottle of Beer Paws all-natural with a delicious beef flavor, but it also contains vegetarian glucosamine to help promote canine joint health. Grab a six- or twelve-pack, which also comes with a koozie and peanut butter Beer Biscuits snacks made for doggos.Shop on Beer Paws
Because of their Rottweiler Rocky’s sensitive stomach and food allergies, Houston-based dog-lovers Steve and Megan Long began making their own dog treats and, along the way, created Good Boy Dog Beer.
Their all-natural brew comes in four flavors: IPA lot in the Yard (pork flavor), Mailman Malt Licker (chicken flavor), Session Squirrel (veggie flavor), and Crotch Sniffin’ Ale (peanut flavor).Shop on Good Boy Dog Beer
Finally, a chance to throw back a cold one with your best friend. Life goals!
Should you be in need of some beer-themed barware or accessories, check out the Rover Goods Store.
For more on dogs and alcohol, check out the articles below.
- Can Dogs Drink Beer?
- How to Make Brewer’s Spent Grain Crispy Homemade Dog Treats
- Can My Dog Drink Wine?