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Is coffee bad for dogs?

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It's not a good idea to give your dog coffee! They do not handle the caffeine well.

If a small dog drank a full cup of coffee, the amount of caffeine ingested actually could be lethal! If a big dog drank a cup of coffee then he may just be a little wired, but it's still not a good idea.

Caffeine can cause a serious increase in heart rate and can cause seizures at a high enough level.

What about decaf?

Decaf coffee is safe for dogs. But, it's best not to give him any cream as many dogs are lactose intolerant. Also, if you're going to give him decaf, limit it to a small amount. There still is some caffeine in a decaf coffee!



For more information on foods that are bad for dogs, see this chart:

Toxic foods for dogs.




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