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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, 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 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, beers made just for dogs can be found online, in pet stores, and at dog-friendly bars across the nation.
Yep, this Bowser Beer is brewed just for our canine pals. That makes it safe and tasty. Well, for your dog. The brew comes in several flavors, including chicken and beef, with lots of malty goodness and no alcohol or hops.Buy Now on Amazon for $26.99
Not sure which flavor of dog beer your pet would enjoy? With this “pawty” pack of Pet Winery Bark Brew, your dog can try them all! The variety pack includes three 8-ounce bottles of non-alcoholic dog beer—two that are beef flavored and one that’s chicken flavored. And because there’s nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day, you can even safely freeze this dog beer by pouring it into an ice mold to make a beer-sicle for your pet to lick.Buy Now on Amazon for $26.99
Not only is this Beer Paws Dog Beer all-natural with a delicious beef flavor, but it also contains vegetarian glucosamine to help promote canine joint health. Buy it as a single, or stock up with a 6-pack for $39.99.Buy Now on Amazon for $9.99
Because of their Rottweiler Rocky’s sensitive stomach and food allergies, Houston 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).Buy Now on Good Boy Dog Beer for $18
Brewed in Montana, Happy Dog Beer is made from grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. With this 4-pack, you can choose a combination of the two flavors or four of the same. For gifts, you can also include a short note that will be added as a handwritten gift tag addressed to the recipient.Buy Now on Happy Dog Beer for $40
Finally, a chance to throw back a cold one with your best friend. Life goals.
Featured image: Ellie the Doodle Dog