Q: My Cocker Spaniel loves to drink my coffee. Can dogs drink coffee? If coffee can hurt dogs, are there any signs I should watch for?
A: Can dogs drink coffee? Safe answer--No.
Caffeine and theobromine (found in chocolate) are methylxanthines which are toxic to dogs. While a dog would need to drink a lot of coffee for it to be toxic it is probably best to say dogs should not drink coffee.
If high enough doses are ingested your dog may suffer from cardiac disturbances, gastrointestinal problems, and/or neuromuscular problems.
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