Alcohol is a staple for all types of human celebrations. Does that mean dogs can partake in these celebrations and have alcohol?  No, alcohol such as wine is bad for dogs. Dogs should not consume any type of alcohol. As a pet owner, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and effects of alcohol on dogs and to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

The Dangers of Alcohol for Dogs

Beer, wine, distilled liquor, and rubbing alcohol can cause intoxication and alcohol poisoning in as little as 30 minutes after consumption, even with just small amounts. From fermented dough to  alcohol infused desserts, there are many non-beverage products that contain alcohol that can cause severe poisoning if ingested by dogs. It is important for pet owners to be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions to keep their dogs safe.

Clinical Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol is rapidly absorbed into your dog’s bloodstream. This can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature. Due to their smaller size, dogs absorb alcohol much faster than humans and can suffer from a variety of symptoms as a result. The liver absorbs the alcohol and dogs can suffer from seizures or respiratory failure. Drops in blood sugar and body temperature can lead to other symptoms as well. Common symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Depression or lethargy 
  • Incoordination 
  • Drooling 
  • Vomiting 
  • Weakness 
  • Collapse 
  • Decreased respiratory rate 
  • Hypoglycemia 
  • Hypotension 
  • Hypothermia 


If you discover your dog has consumed any type of alcoholic product, it is important to take immediate action to get them medical attention. Take your dog to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Additionally, contact Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 for expert help with such an emergency. Your veterinarian may induce vomiting, administer IV fluids and other medications to address clinical signs. With proper medical care, your dog should be able to make a full recovery.