Can Dogs Drink Coffee?

Delve into the topic of dogs and coffee, discussing the potential dangers, possible benefits (if there are any), and what steps to take if your dog has consumed coffee or coffee beans.

Nov 28, 2023·5 min read
Can Dogs Drink Coffee?


Coffee is a beloved beverage enjoyed by millions of people in the US and around the world! Many of us love a morning coffee to kick-start the day, wake us up, and fill us with energy – not to mention the smell is amazing!

While you sip on your morning brew, it may lead you to wonder if it is safe for your canine companion to have a sip or two…

Is Coffee Bad For Dogs?

The simple answer is, yes, coffee is bad for dogs. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a central nervous system stimulant that affects humans and animals alike. However, dogs are a lot more sensitive to caffeine, making it potentially dangerous for them and could lead to caffeine poisoning. Then again, caffeine poisoning isn’t the only danger…

The Dangers of Coffee for Dogs

High Concentration

The concentration of caffeine in coffee is significantly higher than in other caffeinated beverages, such as tea or soda, which is why the danger is higher if you find your dog has drunk coffee or has eaten coffee beans.


Most of us are guilty of adding a few scoops of sugar to our cup of joe. This, however, does create more cause for concern if your dog drinks coffee. Sugar is detrimental to dogs for several reasons. It can contribute to obesity, which may lead to various other health issues, including diabetes, joint problems, and decreased lifespan. Not the mention, just like us, excessive sugar can also lead to dental issues in dogs, too.


It may surprise you, but some dogs are actually lactose intolerant. Lactose is the natural sugar present in milk and can mean your dog has trouble drinking it. Your pup might be able to have tiny amounts of cheese (not blue or moldy cheese though!) and plain yogurt which is usually easier to digest because they are typically lower in lactose than milk.


Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs. Even in small amounts, xylitol can cause rapid insulin release, leading to hypoglycemia, seizures, and potentially death.

Symptoms of Caffeine Poisoning

If you suspect that your dog has drunk coffee or eaten coffee beans, it is essential to recognize the signs and symptoms promptly. Keep an eye on your pet for any unusual behavior or physical symptoms, such as:

If you notice any of the above, seek medical advice as soon as possible.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Coffee Beans

Contact Your Veterinarian Immediately

In case of accidental ingestion, it is crucial to contact your veterinarian or a pet poison control hotline immediately. They will provide you with professional guidance based on your dog’s size, the amount of coffee consumed, and the symptoms exhibited.

Inducing Vomiting

Your veterinarian may instruct you to induce vomiting at home using hydrogen peroxide, but only under their guidance. This should be done as soon as possible after consumption to limit caffeine absorption.

Treatment and Supportive Care

Treatment for coffee ingestion may involve monitoring vital signs, providing intravenous fluids to combat dehydration, administering activated charcoal to absorb the caffeine, and managing symptoms as they arise.

Final Thoughts

While we humans may enjoy our daily dose of coffee, it is crucial to remember that dogs have a different physiology and respond differently to caffeine. Given the potential dangers and limited research regarding the benefits, it is generally recommended to keep coffee and coffee beans out of your dog’s reach.

If your dog accidentally consumes coffee or coffee beans, it is important to take immediate action. Contacting your veterinarian or a pet poison control hotline is vital for professional guidance tailored to your dog’s specific situation.

Remember, every minute counts when it comes to potential caffeine poisoning in dogs. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and prioritize your dog’s health and safety. By understanding the dangers, avoiding potential risks, and taking appropriate action if an accident occurs, you can ensure a happy and healthy life for your beloved canine companion.


Author, Arford, Kaitlyn, “Can Dogs Drink Coffee?”, American Kennel Club, Jan 05. 2021,

Author, Travis, Helen Anne, “Caffeine and Pets: Safety Tips and Considerations”, petMD, Feb 19, 2018.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional veterinary advice. Always consult with your veterinarian for specific guidance regarding your dog’s health and well-being.

Becca TriggB

Becca Trigg

An all round animal lover, who absolutely adores writing and researching anything puppy! Over the past few years, I have been able to gain ample pet knowledge; specifically joint health and dental hygiene. When I'm not typing away in the office, I can be found sitting in a country pub or growing chillies

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