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Whether you’re kicking back on a Friday after work, grilling up some steaks on the barbecue or celebrating a special occasion, you might often find yourself sipping a nice cold beer or toasting the champers with your dog nearby. And why should he miss out? While human alcoholic drinks aren’t safe for dogs, we’ve got a clever workaround.
Dogs and Alcohol: Is It Safe?
Sadly, dogs and your favourite 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.
Plus, hops—a major ingredient in most beers—are also very 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.
Grapes and raisins are another highly toxic food for dogs, so regular non-alcoholic wines still aren’t safe for your high-class pooch. In fact, ingesting the fruit could cause sudden kidney failure—so it’s essential to keep dogs away from grapes and raisins at all times.
Dog Beers and Wines
Luckily for the most discriminating of pup palates, dog beers, wines and even champagnes can be found online and at dog-friendly bars across the nation. Pawsecco anyone?
Take a look at our selection of liquid treats your dog will adore:
1. WOOF&BREW Bottom Sniffer Dog Beer
Yep, this WOOF&BREW beer is brewed just for our canine pals and makes for a tasty topper—well, for your four-legged friend at least. The brew is nutritionally balanced and developed with veterinary experts in the UK, so you can be sure it’s safe for your dog to drink.Shop on Amazon
2. Snuffle Dog Beer
You’re sure to get happy tail wags with this hop-free, alcohol-free 4-pack that includes two yummy flavours: chicken and beef. And because there’s nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day, you can even safely freeze this beer for pups by pouring it into an ice mould to make beer lollies for your pet.Shop on Amazon
3. Posh Pooch Wine for Dogs
Has your dog had a long, hard day fetching sticks and chasing her tail? Then she deserves a nice big glass of wine, just like her human! This wine by WOOF&BREW is specially developed to be safe for dogs and features a non-alcoholic, no-grape, natural herbal blend of elderflower, linden blossom and ginseng.
Plus, your order comes with some delectable doggy truffles to satisfy the most discerning taste buds.Shop on Amazon
4. Champaws Champers
The best dogs deserve the best drinks—so whether it’s your pup’s birthday or he won Best in Show at Crufts, why not offer him some Champaws canine Champagne for a special treat? Of course this doggy champers comes completely alcohol and grape free, including instead a delicious blend of limeflower, rose petals and rooibos. Who’s been a good boy then?Shop on Amazon
5. Pawsecco Hamper
Fancy a movie night with your dog? Don’t let them miss out on all the treats! This hamper comes with dog-friendly ‘Pawsecco’, doggy popcorn, strawberry & apple biscuits, plus more tasty (yet healthy) snacks.Shop on Amazon
Finally, a chance to throw back a cold one with your best four-legged friend. Absolute life goals!
For more on dog beer and other alcohol, check out the articles below.
- Can My Dog Drink Beer?
- How to Make Brewer’s Spent Grain Crispy Homemade Dog Treats
- Can My Dog Drink Wine?
Featured image: Ellie the Doodle Dog