Stop Sharing Alcohol with Your Dog. It’s a Bad Idea!

wilmington alcohol rehab centerThey’re called man’s best friend for a reason, right?  All over the world, dogs are many things—they are protection for the home and farm, they’re pets, they’re a real, true part of the family—and with that being said, you try your best to treat them as such. You take them to the vet when they’re sick, you provide them with shelter and love.

You know off the top of your head that if a dog eats chocolate, it can get very sick. However, what about things a dog shouldn’t be allowed to drink? If you need an outpatient Wilmington alcohol rehab center you can trust, Legacy can help! Call now for more information.

Why You Shouldn't Drink Alcohol With Your Dog

Many people don’t realize that giving their dog alcohol can be hazardous to its health.  Dogs are intolerant of many foods you would not suspect including some of the main ingredients used to make wine and beer. Dogs also don’t have the right body and physical structure to metabolize alcohol. And dogs are at a higher risk for alcohol poisoning and ethanol toxicity.

While grapes might be a sweet and delicious treat for humans, it is the complete opposite for dogs. And grapes are the main ingredient in one very popular alcoholic beverage—wine! Grapes and anything similar such as raisins are extremely toxic to dogs. The reason grapes have such a high toxicity for a dog hasn’t exactly been pinpointed but some studies suggest that a fungus sometimes found within grapes called a mycotoxin could be responsible. Whatever the exact reason for the toxicity is might be unknown but the health dangers are definitely real.

Their toxicity to dogs can cause acute renal failure, which is the sudden development of kidney failure. Both seedless and seeded grapes and store bought and homegrown grapes have caused dogs to show signs of sickness. Those signs include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, not eating and abdominal pain.

One of the main ingredients in beer is hops. Just like grapes, hops are extremely toxic to dogs as well. After consuming hops, a dog will display similar symptoms as when they eat grapes, with the risk of kidney damage too. People who brew their own beer at home need to be especially careful when storing the supplies.

If you’re a dog owner, there has probably been a time or two you rushed to the internet to make sure the leaves of that potted house plant you just saw your dog gobble up weren’t going to hurt him. Dogs eat things for many different reasons, out of hunger or boredom or just to see how it tastes. Places like Starbucks even offer treats just for your pooch because sometimes it can be cute to see them eat human food. One thing humans must remember about our furry counterparts is that our bodies are completely different and process the things we put into them completely differently. And since dogs rely on us to provide them with their nutrition and hydration, we must make wise decisions for them.

Dogs are a lot smaller than us, which means all of their organs are smaller too. When humans consume alcohol, they are supposed to do so in a responsible way over time. Dogs aren’t equipped with the proper kidney filtration systems to process alcohol and build tolerance. Even the smallest taste of alcohol or alcohol absorbed through the skin from a spill is enough to cause serious health problems so it is always important to pay attention to what you are doing and where you are leaving open beverages while drinking.

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Wilmington alcohol rehab centerAlcohol poisoning in humans can become very serious and is something that must be watched for if you are consuming large amounts of beer, wine or liquor. Alcohol poisoning, known as ethanol toxicity for dogs, is also extremely serious. When a dog consumes alcohol, they will act similar to a person who has had too much to drink.  However, it is very dangerous for dogs to consume even a sip of alcohol because they are unable to process the intoxicating properties.

Some of the main symptoms of ethanol toxicity are confusion, weakened motor functions and disorientation. Some other signs of alcohol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea and trouble urinating. If your dog happens to consume alcohol when you are also drinking, it might be harder to pay attention to these fast moving warning signs of poisoning and the results could be fatal to your dog. These indications can appear as quickly as an hour after your dog consumes alcohol. If you're tired of drinking alone, with your dog, visit our Wilmington alcohol rehab center. We can help you quit drinking with outpatient treatment.

If you suspect your dog may have ethanol poisoning, you should immediately take him or her to the vet. If your dog is showing signs of drunkenness, you should immediately go to the vet.  Blood tests can be done to determine if he or she is intoxicated, and then the appropriate treatment will follow. Some dogs may need to take fluids through an IV to rehydrate and medicine will be supplied to lessen central nervous system depression.

There are other measures a vet could take if they deem necessary, but all cases will be different. The most important part is seeking out the professional help as soon as you think it is needed. The easiest way to prevent this from ever becoming a problem for your four legged friend is by keeping all alcoholic beverages out of their reach. Remind your friends of the dangers of sneaking your dog a sip if you’re hanging out and drinking at home. Clean up all spills immediately to ensure little Fido doesn’t become curious. Also remember to make sure all other products that contain ethanol are kept away from anywhere your dog could access. Some of these other items include perfume, paints, mouthwash, and other fermented foods. We all love our four legged fury friends so we need to keep them safe!

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