Pictured: Alcohol

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Birds, Cows

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, potentially severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Depression or lethargy
  • Incoordination
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting or retching
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Decreased respiratory rate
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)

Most people know not to give alcoholic drinks to their pets; however, alcohol poisoning in pets is more common than you think! Some pets will drink alcoholic beverages right out of the glass or may lap them off the floor if they spill. Alcohol is also found in surprising places including unbaked yeast bread dough and desserts made with alcohol. When pets ingest rising bread dough, alcohol from the fermenting yeast in the dough is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and can result in alcohol poisoning. Ingestion of alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature. Severely intoxicated animals can potentially experience seizures and respiratory failure.

Poison type: foods

Alternate names: alcohol, mixed drinks, beer, liquor, ethanol, unbaked bread dough, yeast, wine, spirits, cocktails