What is the danger of letting my dog drink beer?

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People have emotional bonds with their dogs so it may feel natural to want to have a beer with your dog.

But don’t. There are some foods that dogs shouldn’t have any under circumstances and any alcohol, whether it’s beer, wine, liquor or even foods containing those items (such as rum-soaked cake), is one of them.

For one thing, alcohol has the same effect on the dog’s brain and liver as it does on humans. However, the effect is much faster since the dog usually has a smaller body weight than us. What that translates to is this: Just a little bit of alcohol will cause problems like vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, coma and even death.
In addition, the ASPCA warns that hops, the main ingredient in beer production, are toxic to dogs, resulting in uncontrollable body heat, panting, rapid heart rate and muscle spasms.
Keep them away from yeast, too, because that eventually turns to alcohol. Although it’s most commonly thought of as the product that makes dough rise (which is exactly what will happen in your dog’s intestines), the yeast needs to ferment in order to make the dough rise—and that fermentation creates alcohol.

Signs of alcohol poisoning include:

• Alcohol smell on the breath
• Neurological depression
• Hypothermia (low body temperature)
• Hypotension (low blood pressure)
• Seizures
• Respiratory failure

If caught early, the prognosis is excellent. Dogs, however, will probably lap the beer up, so be sure to ask your guests not to leave their drinks unattended.

Now, if you really want to have a beer with your dog, there are canine-friendly brews, according to ABC-TV. The dog beers, a non-carbonated mixture of beef broth and malt barley, are non-alcoholic and do not contain hops. They even include a little glucosamine for joint relief and come in plastic bottles to avoid glass breakage and other dangerous spills.

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