We, human beings, have the capacity and digestive system intact to have variety of foods. We have been increasing our creativity in preparing new dishes and new combinations of food and new supplements to enhance the pleasure of eating. We think that if these food items are digestible by us, then even our dog can eat and drink the same. But it is not the same with my Golden Retriever. Not all foods are good for dogs and not suitable or advisable to feed them anything and everything, since they will cause him harm.
I love coffee and I often think of giving my golden cute a sip and more sometimes, then I wonder if I can really give him to drink. And unfortunately the answer was a big NO. Caffeine affects the nervous system and heart in dogs. They have much lower tolerance for caffeine unlike human beings. You can see symptoms of poison or caffeine appearing once you start giving them coffee. Some common signs of caffeine effecting in dogs include –
- An elevated heart rate
Majority of dogs love food and my dog is no exception. He is always attracted to new dishes I make and what we eat but to be cautious is very important. He runs towards the smell of the coffee which is actually not good for him. Out veterinarian has given us a list of most common foods we often eat and what substance they contain that can be harmful to the dog, you can be more knowledgeable, able to recognize it and act on it on the behalf of your dog’s well being.
This list includes milk and coffee too.
Coffee and other caffeine based products most often contain substances called methylxanthines. These can be found in the extract from some nuts used to make coffee and cacao seeds. Depending on the quantity ingested and weight of your dog, methylxanthines more commonly cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased body temperature, excessive thirst and urination, although less common it also causes abnormal heart and breathing rate, tremors, seizures and in some cases death. Chocolate intoxication is more recurrent during holidays and as a general rule of thumb the darker the chocolate the more methylxanthines are present, while white chocolate contains the least amount.
Should I Feed Espresso Coffee to My Golden Retriever Dog?
Generally, dogs can drink milk, however they shouldn’t drink milk as it can upset their stomach and cause diarrhea. Also milk has a high fat content that can pose weight problems, and lactose intolerant dogs should not be fed milk, and these should never drink milk at all. Dogs should have a balanced diet and drink water not milk.
Please, be aware of such symptoms and refrain from giving your dog any coffee, no matter how much you love him and want to share the same with him. It’s not recommended and not good for him even a small dose can affect his health. You shouldn’t ever entice him with it, though.
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