As a dog parent, we sometimes forget how sensitive our beloved pets can be. When we spoil our dogs with sweet treats or human food it can make us feel great, but them—not so much.
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Although it’s hard to keep up with what your dog can or cannot eat or drink, it’s important to learn as much as you can about your dog and their sensitive stomachs. Here are 8 particular liquids your dog should never drink because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Did you know most dogs are lactose intolerant? Milk products can give your dog a stomachache, which comes with diarrhea, vomit and gas. How can you tell is your dog is lactose intolerant? According to the American Kennel Club, “Many owners don’t find out that their dog is lactose intolerant until after they feed their dog milk. Trying to determine if your dog is lactose intolerant can also be tricky if your dog has consumed a large amount of milk, as this can trigger vomiting and diarrhea even in dogs who are not lactose intolerant. However, if your dog shows signs of these symptoms after drinking a small amount of milk, you might want to find a different treat.”
Every dog owner should already know, alcohol is bad for dogs. Yes, some dogs like the taste or beer but that doesn’t mean they should drink it. Alcohol is toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death,” advises the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bottom line, keep the booze away.
Imagine drinking 10 cups of coffee in one or two sips. This is what it feels like for a dog. Dogs are extremely sensitive to caffeine and the substance methylxanthines, which is found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee. If your dog drinks one or two sips of your coffee, it likely won’t do much harm but if your dog consumes large quantities or eats coffee beans, it might be time to go to the emergency vet.
- Fruit and vegetable juice
Not all fruit and vegetable juice is bad for your dog, but some are. For example, anything with avocado, grapes, or raisins is toxic to your dog. Sugar is also a key ingredient in popular fruit juices, which isn’t great for your pooch. It’s always better to stick with pieces of fruit, or small sips of fruit juice.
- Sports drinks
Dogs will never need the extra electrolytes, vitamins and sodium you may need after a work out. After a grueling hike, a lengthy run or any long distance walk, skip the sports drinks and give your dog extra water and love, of course. However, if your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea, sometimes vets will suggest giving small doses of sport drinks to help with dehydration. Call your vet first to ask any additional questions.
- Coconut milk and water
The AKC says both coconut water and milk are safe for dogs but you should keep your pet away from the coconut shell, which is rough and can difficult to swallow, causing them to choke. If you give your pet too much coconut flesh or milk and you may end up with loose stools, diarrhea or stomach upset. Coconut water is also high in potassium, which can cause health issues.
Tea also contains caffeine, which isn’t great for any dog. Keep it away.
Again, it’s the caffeine in tea that causes your dog to suffer through stomach problems.