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, it’s not such a good idea to give your dog any beer.
Alcohol is toxic to dogs in direct proportion to a dog’s weight.
Alcohol is toxic to dogs in direct proportion to a dog’s weight. According to Pet Poison Hotline, 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 also toxic to dogs, causing elevated body temperature, racing heart, and vomiting. Luckily, most dogs aren’t likely to be around hops themselves; only home brewers 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, Bowser Beer, a beer just for dogs, is now available online and in pet stores and dog-friendly bars across the nation.
Yep, this beer is brewed just for our canine pals. That makes it safe and tasty. Well, for your dog. The brew comes in beef and chicken flavors with lots of malty goodness and no alcohol or hops.
The brew comes in beef and chicken flavors.
For gifts and special occasions, you can get bottles of Bowser Beer with custom labels featuring your dog’s beautiful mug.
Finally, a chance to throw back a cold one with your best friend. Life goals.
Featured image: Ellie the Doodle Dog
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