Take Fido To A Veterinary Hospital If He Drinks Your Cup Of Coffee

If you spill coffee on the floor and your pooch has lick or two before you can clean it up, Fido will probably be alright. If he ever drinks your entire cup of coffee, though, you may need to take him to a veterinary hospital. Here's how caffeine affects dogs and how a veterinarian may be able to treat yours if they ever get caffeine poisoning.

Caffeine Poisons Dogs

In dogs, just as in humans, caffeine affects how the nervous system functions. Canines, however, have a lower tolerance for caffeine than people do. If your dog ingests any significant amount of coffee, they may get caffeine poisoning. In dogs, caffeine poisoning results in the following symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • twitches and tremors
  • faster heart rates

At concentrated levels, caffeine is lethal to dogs. According to Provet, caffeine is deadly for dogs at a dosage of 150 milligrams per 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram).

A 50-pound Labrador would have to drink a lot of coffee to consume a lethal amount of caffeine. Toy breeds that only weigh 2 or 3 pounds, however, could conceivable reach these levels if they had just one or two cups of coffee since the average 8-ounce cup of coffee has 200 milligrams of caffeine.

Dogs that Have Caffeine Poisoning Need Treatment

Dogs that have consumed coffee should be promptly taken to a veterinary hospital, like Metzger Animal Hospital, for treatment, since caffeine can have adverse effects even when it's not near lethal levels. The symptoms of caffeine poisoning can set in an hour or two after it's ingested, so you shouldn't wait for signs of caffeine poisoning to show up before you take your dog to a vet. As soon as you realize your dog has had a lot coffee, you should take him in for treatment.

At a veterinary hospital, vets may treat the symptoms of caffeine poisoning by

  • prescribing blood-reducing medications
  • administering anti-seizure medicine
  • inducing vomiting

These treatments can reduce the effect of caffeine and help your dog cope with the side effects of caffeine poisoning. The sooner they can be instituted, the more they can get help.

If your four-legged friend consumes some coffee by accident, though, don't delay treatment. Take them directly to a veterinary hospital where they can receive medical attention. Doing so could save their life, and it will at least mitigate some of the symptoms associated with caffeine poisoning in dogs.

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Communicating Effectively With Your Pet's Veterinarian

As soon as our pet started acting strangely, we knew that she was having some health problems. She was having a hard time eating, and just seemed sad as she moped around our house. Unfortunately, we didn't communicate all of her symptoms effectively to her veterinarian, which led to a bad diagnosis and incorrect treatment. As soon as we realized our mistake, we talked with our pet's veterinarian, who adjusted her treatment immediately. If we would have communicated better in the first place, we might have been able to speed up our pet's recovery. Read this blog to learn tips for talking with your vet.

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