Help! My dog drank some of my Coffee. Is this bad?

September 26, 2016 2 min read 0 Comments

SitStay Blog Help! Is coffee bad for dogs?
Kendall Abbott author of coconut oil for dogs the ultimate guide

Have you recently caught your canine pal sneaking sips of coffee? Are you worried that your precocious pup might end up injuring themselves or worse? For pups and people the saying "everything in moderation" applies. Too much caffeine can cause serious suffering for your pet. Here are a few ways you can prevent this from happening.

Caffeine Chaos

Tea bags, diet pills, soda and numerous energy drinks contain a surplus of caffeine, so if your furry friend decides to partake, you may have to make a quick trip to the vet. Depending on the weight of your dog and the amount of caffeine ingested can determine the likelihood your curious canine will need medical attention. Per 2.2 pounds of your pet's weight, 150 mg of caffeine is lethal. Typically an average cup of percolated coffee is 100 mg.

Tell-tail Signs of a Caffeine Overdose

If your pet has indulged in some caffeine-laden drink or food, you need to know what warning signs to look for in case of an emergency. Typically one to two hours after your pup has ingested caffeine, poisoning symptoms begin to show. Below is a list of symptoms that a dog suffering from an overdose of caffeine may experience:

  • Tremors
  • Regurgitation
  • Restlessness
  • Hurried heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Body collapses

It's best to withhold caffeine infused drinks from your four-legged family members. Because there are so many unknown factors that could induce unnecessary suffering after a dog ingests coffee, keep your canines safe from the what-ifs by keeping coffee out of their reach. Safeguard your pet by being aware that coffee is not a dog's best friend! The pep in their steps shouldn't come from coffee! The key to your best friend's happiness is their living caffeine-free! 

Meet The Author 

Kendall Abbott

Kendall Abbott obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kansas, she then went on to pursue her education and love for animals by attending the Animal Behavior College. Kendall began her professional career as an animal care technician for the Kansas Humane Society. After finishing school Kendall followed her passion for dog training and took a position with Beyond The Dog. After 5 years she then left to focus on being a freelance dog trainer.