We’re big fans of St. Patrick’s Day here at Veterinarious – and so are our dogs. But we’re not going to celebrate by raising a pint with our pups, so are they missing out?
Not with this healthy green beer for dogs recipe they’re not! Get a batch together, let it ‘greenify’ and give them a tasty treat they can enjoy while you enjoy yours!
But first… why not just share that pint with your canine pal? We’ll tell you.
Beer for Dogs
Is beer safe for dogs? No, regular beer for dogs is a no-go!
Your dog’s liver isn’t designed to process alcohol. And, just like humans, dogs can suffer from alcohol poisoning or toxicity. The thing is, a dog’s smaller size makes them more susceptible to the effects of alcohol, and beer can quickly become dangerous for your dog.
Hops, a major ingredient in most beers, are also toxic to dogs, and can cause elevated body temperature, a racing heart, and vomiting.
Some early symptoms of alcohol ingestion in your dog can include:
- Stumbling/Loss of coordination
Alcohol poisoning, or ethanol toxicity, can quickly turn dangerous. If your dog drinks more alcohol than their system can process, you might notice her acting a little, well, drunk. But the effects may also be unnoticeable – things like a drop in blood pressure, blood sugar, and body temperature.
If you dog drinks too much, be aware of these serious symptoms and head to the vet right away:
- Extremely slow and shallow breathing
- Muscle Tremors
- Decrease in body temperature
- Slowed heart rate
- Loss of consciousness/fainting
So, once you open that can of Guinness, avoid sharing it with your furry friend.
DIY Green Beer for Dogs
To make green beer for dogs, you don’t need hops or any kind of alcohol!
And what’s even better, the mint gives this a breath-freshening boost!
- 1 cup organic no-sodium chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons frozen organic spinach, copped
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint
- Pour the chicken stock into a pint size mason jar.
- Chop up the spinach and mint and add it to the jar.
- Put it in the fridge for roughly twenty four hours, and give it a good shake every so often.
- To serve, pour a little over your regular food!
Store it in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it in ice cube trays for up to three months.
Tip: You can add your own supplements, such as CBD oil or glucosamine to this recipe to up the health factor. Or add more veggies and give it a good spin in the blender for a healthy smoothie!
Make your pup’s St. Patrick’s Day lucky with this tasty treat. They will “pawsitively” love it!
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