It is never a good idea to mix pets and alcohol. Animal consumption of alcohol has a plethora of negative side effects on your pet’s health.

Letting your pet consume alcohol, even in slight amounts, has a variety of negative side effects.
Letting your pet consume alcohol, even in slight amounts, has a variety of negative side effects.
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#1 Negative Side Effect of Alcohol On Pets: Nausea and Vomiting

Because pet’s bodies are not built to handle and digest alcohol, the most common negative side effect of alcohol consumption is nausea. If the nausea is bad enough, your pet may suffer from severe vomiting. Unfortunately, this is a grand way for your pet to become dehydrated, weak, and overall not feel their best. Alcohol and pets do not mix. Even when it’s just small sips or splashes of alcohol here and there.

Giving alcohol to your pet will always have some negative side effects. Which side effect your pet suffers will depend on their current state of health, any underlying health issues, the alcohol they’ve been given, and how much alcohol gets into their bloodstream. As an owner, you don’t want your pet ever to feel sick or under the weather. Avoid this negative side effect by never letting a pet consume alcohol under your roof or on your watch.

#2 Negative Side Effect of Alcohol On Pets: Seizure Or Death

Allowing your pet to drink alcohol has many negative side effects. Animal consumption isn't to be allowed or encouraged.
Allowing your pet to drink alcohol has many negative side effects. Do not allow, nor encourage, your pet to drink alcohol
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Sadly, the potential for negative side effects of alcohol on pets doesn’t stop with just mild nausea or vomiting. Some pets who consume large, or even small, amounts of alcohol over time are at an increased risk of having seizures or even death. Seizures occur in pets when things go haywire or wrong in the brain. Alcohol can be a contributor or cause of seizures in both humans and pets. So many experts and vets warn against sharing alcohol with your pet.

Once your pet tries alcohol, they may gain a taste for it. If they don’t get sick the first few times you let them sample it, you might think it’s perfectly fine to share a beer or glass of wine with your furry friend. However, it is not okay. There are many negative side effects that threaten the health and wellbeing of your pet. Your pet risks death if exposed to too much alcohol in one sitting, or over a prolonged period. Avoid this negative side effect by never allowing alcohol consumption to occur.

#3 Negative Side Effect of Alcohol On Pets: Lethargy and Depression

As already mentioned, your pet may feel weak or lethargic if they suffer from vomiting or nausea because of alcohol consumption. However, they need not experience any outward negative side effects of alcohol to be feeling the effects of drinking. Some older pets, who are already quite sedentary, may become more so without you noticing. Other pets may lose their appetite or their zest for life. Alcohol affects every pet differently, and sometimes the negative side effects aren’t that obvious.

Depression is another potential negative side effect your pet may suffer due to consuming alcohol. Like in humans, depression isn’t always easy to spot or link to one cause in particular. If you have a dog or cat as a pet, you may notice that their tails are drooping, or they aren’t as affectionate as normal. Pet depression is a real thing. It can be linked directly to alcohol as it disrupts your pet’s brain chemistry in ways you can’t even imagine.

If you’re thinking of helping your pet cool off on a sultry summer afternoon with a few sips of alcohol, you need to re-think your role as a pet owner. Animal consumption of alcohol has a vast range of negative side effects on your pet’s health and wellbeing. Alcohol consumption of any form by your pet is never okay or fun.


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