No. You may know a dog owner who shares a beer with his pet from time to time without any negative effects—and dogs do love the taste of beer. But alcohol is highly dangerous for dogs, even in very limited amounts. A dog’s liver simply isn’t equipped to process alcohol, and, just like humans, dogs can experience alcohol poisoning. Their smaller size makes them all the more susceptible. Another thing to keep in mind: The hops used in beer are themselves highly dangerous to dogs. If your dog gets ahold of your pint glass, and you notice any worrisome symptoms, call your vet immediately. He may need IV treatment, rehydration measures, and close monitoring.
Symptoms to Look For
- Slowed movement or difficulty walking
- Decrease in body temperature
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Respiratory difficulty or failure
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.