Should dogs drink alcohol – the short answer is no. When you want to relax, you might kick your feet up on the couch and pour yourself a glass of wine. Wine can help you relax after a stressful day. Some days your dog may be a bit too crazy and you’re thinking would some alcohol calm them down, too? Here’s everything you need to know below: 


Can I Give My Dog Alcohol? 

Absolutely NOT, your dog’s digestive system is not meant to digest alcohol. Due to their small size, the ability to metabolize and eliminate alcohol is quickly overwhelmed and poisoning occurs. This is not limited to beer or alcoholic drinks, products like rubbing alcohol and antifreeze should be avoided as well. Grapes and hops are the most dangerous ingredients in alcoholic drinks for dogs. In as little as 30 minutes, your dog can show clinical signs of intoxication, and potentially, alcohol poisoning.  


The Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning  

Intoxication may vary from a moderate impairment to alcohol poisoning. A trip to the veterinarian is necessary if you believe your dog consumed alcohol or an alcohol-based product. If an alcohol-based product gets on your dog’s body, contact your veterinarian as well. Skin irritation may occur along with other symptoms.  Aspiration pneumonia may occur if your dog ingests vomit that has alcohol in it. If a liquid containing alcohol is splashed into the eyes, it may cause eye irritation and ulcers. The following symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:  







      Mood swings 

      Breathing difficulties  

      Loss of consciousness  




Alcohol Poisoning Treatment  

First, call your vet and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 if your dog ingested any alcohol. Next, keep the harmful product away from your dog. Your vet may run an ethanol concentration test to determine the amount of ethanol in your dog. Other treatments, such as IV fluids and medications, may be used to address the other clinical signs. Your pet should be able to recover if they receive proper medical care. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions on how to best care for your furry friend.