Most people need a fresh cup of coffee to be able to wake up and start the day. While running around in the morning and getting ready, you may leave your cup of coffee unattended. If your pup sees you drinking this mysterious drink, they may get curious and want to try it out for themselves. If you catch your dog drinking your coffee, your first instinct might be to scold them. Let’s save that for later. For now, you should try to get in touch with a vet immediately, as coffee is very toxic and potentially life-threatening to your pup.

How Does Caffeine Affect Dogs? 

Coffee contains caffeine, which is a toxic substance to dogs, and under no circumstances should you allow your dog to drink or taste it. Tea, energy drinks, and some food products also contain caffeine. For dogs, drinking even a medium-sized cup of coffee can lead to dangerous symptoms and even death. You start to see the detrimental effects within two hours of exposure, and if immediate and adequate medical attention is not given, your dog could collapse. Other symptoms of caffeine poisoning you should immediately take note of include:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Increased heart rate
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Diarrhea

What To Do If Your Dog Drinks Coffee

Call your veterinarian as soon as you notice any symptoms of coffee poisoning or Pet Poison Helpline® at 855-764-7661 for medical assistance. Do not attempt to self-diagnose your dog. This could bring more harm to your dog’s health condition. Take your dog to the vet and they will administer the correct course of treatment. Your dog may receive heart medication to normalise their heart rate and reduce blood pressure. IV fluids can help with dehydration. Your dog should be able to recover if you get to a vet in time. Ask your vet or Pet Poison Helpline® if you have any questions or concerns.