Coffee is one of the most widely used stimulants around the world. There are approximately one billion coffee drinkers worldwide. So, you might be thinking, “if it’s safe for me, how bad can it be for a dog?” Dogs are naturally curious, and they could be tempted by your morning brew if you’re not keeping an eye on them. But when it comes to dogs, coffee can be toxic to them. Other coffee products such as coffee filters, coffee grounds, and coffee beans are harmful as well.
Caffeine is a stimulant that is found in coffee, but also in other foods like chocolate and green tea. Caffeine is the stimulant that keeps people awake, but it can be harmful to your dog. Caffeine amplifies your dog’s central nervous system to an unhealthy degree.
Threat to Dogs
If your dog has a lick or two of coffee, it may not poison them, but it can make them sick. Caffeine is a stimulant that is found in coffee that is severely harmful to your dog. Caffeine amplifies your dog’s central nervous system to an unhealthy degree. Symptoms can vary from mild sickness to severe poisoning depending on the amount ingested. Small dogs are affected more by caffeine than large dogs, so it is extremely important to monitor them closely for any signs of poisoning. Keep coffee, coffee grounds, and coffee beans in a secure place and away from your dog.
What are the Signs of Caffeine Poisoning in Dogs?
Signs of caffeine poisoning usually appear 1 to 2 hours after intake. The effects can linger from 12 hours to several days. Collapse, tremors, seizures, and death are all potential symptoms of extreme caffeine poisoning.
The fatal amount of caffeine varies according to a dog’s size. Immediately call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline®, at (855)-764-7661, if your dog consumed coffee and exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- Increased Heart Rate
- Increased Blood Pressure
Immediately call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 if your dog has ingested coffee. You will receive first aid measures to perform and may be advised to bring your dog in for a checkup. The vet may have your dog vomit to get rid of the coffee in their system. If your dog is experiencing seizures, they will be given anti-seizure medication.
Depending on the amount of coffee ingested will determine the risk and severity of caffeine poisoning. If your dog has eaten coffee grounds or beans, it could lead to severe poisoning due to the high concentration of caffeine, so the quicker you get help the better.
Your dog has a good chance of recovering from caffeine poisoning if you get to your vet clinic in time. Your dog should be able to recover in a couple of days with rest and relaxation. Contact your vet if your pet has not fully recovered or if they are experiencing similar or different symptoms.