Nekomimi Lisa (lisagoddess) wrote,
Nekomimi Lisa

you know its a slow day when i have time to read:

from the z100 site. :
October 17, 2001 6:12 AM

My dog is crazy, so every now and again I offer a sip of wine to calm him down. It works. Is wine dangerous for the dog? T.L., San Jose, Calif.

My wacky husband takes our dog to the local bar about once every week or two, and together they share a cold one. I don't want my dog getting a beer belly. Should I be worried? C.M., Appleton, Wisc.

That depends on whether you're talking foreign or domestic. . . . Actually, wine or beer in moderation won't hurt a pooch, according to veterinary nutritionist Dr. Jim Sokowlowski, professional services manager at Pedigree. Just be aware dogs really can get drunk, and remember it takes less alcohol because their body weight is way less than ours. Sokolowski remembers when his father-in-law inadvertently left out his martini, which his Pekingnese promptly gulped down. Sokolowski returned home to find his wobbly dog walking into walls and singing off-key. Sokolowski pointed out that dogs typically have a special liking for the malt taste in beers. However, Sokolowski cautioned, stomach upset can follow too much liquor in dogs just as it can in people.

The high calorie content of beer is also a valid concern. Your husband isn't the only one who can get a beer belly. What's more, while no long-term study has been done on the subject, it seems likely hard alcohol can cause serious liver damage more quickly in dogs than in people, and can, in fact, be fatal. You don't want to depend on spirits for calming an excitable pup; instead, try basic obedience. But assuming your dog is of legal age, and isn't going to drive home, a sip every now and then is acceptable.

By Steve Dale, Tribune Media Services syndicated columnist 2000
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