What Can Dogs Drink Besides Water? Fun Alternatives For Happy Hour

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Dog sitting next to glass of beer (caption: Guide to what Dogs Can Drink)Have you ever thought about sharing your beverages, adult or otherwise, with your dog? Fresh water, of course, is the best way to keep your dog hydrated, but what else can dogs drink? You might be surprised at the number of human beverages that are no-gos. Fortunately, there are other dog-safe options for your pup’s own happy hour.

What Can Dogs Drink Besides Water?

Before sharing your eye-opening morning coffee or your relaxing after-work beer with your canine companion, see which common human drinks get a green or red light for dogs. Always remember, our dogs’ bodies aren’t built the same way as ours, so they can’t handle the same level of sugar, caffeine and other ingredients that are safe for us.

Coffee & Tea

Your morning Joe is a big no, as is tea. Dogs can experience caffeine poisoning fairly easily. Because they typically have much lower body weight than humans, dogs can have negative reactions to even small amounts of caffeine.

Juice

Most juices contain added sweeteners and artificial flavors and coloring, which aren’t healthy for dogs. Most whole juices are safe in small quantities — for example, letting your dog lick the plate after you cut oranges.

Warning: never give your dog the juice from grapes as they’re toxic for dogs. Grape juice may cause kidney failure. 

Milk

It might seem intuitive that dogs (and other mammals) can drink milk since they do from their mothers after birth. But most dogs become lactose intolerant once they mature and reach adulthood. Their bodies have a tough time digesting lactose, and ingesting too much can result in diarrhea, vomiting and gassiness. A little lap of milk is probably fine in very small doses, but watch your pet after he ingests milk to see if he develops these symptoms.

Lemonade

The citric acid in lemonade can cause an upset stomach in dogs. Lemonade also contains a lot of sugar, which isn’t good for dogs. A dog’s blood sugar can rise much easier than a human’s, causing immediate and long-term health problems.

Soda

Like all caffeinated and sugary drinks, soda is off limits for dogs. While a little sip likely won’t hurt him, sharing more of your soda can elevate your dog’s blood sugar as well as cause caffeine toxicity.

Beer & Wine

A huge red flag here. Giving dogs beer, wine or any other alcoholic beverage is no laughing matter. Alcohol is extremely toxic to dogs. According to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

Tip: Besides grapes and alcohol, there are many other human foods you should NEVER give your pets. Be sure to read our article that covers foods that are toxic to dogs.

Fun Drinks For Dogs

Just when you think you’ve seen it all — yes, there are actually non-alcoholic drinks marketed just for pets. Try these safe and fun doggie drink options.

Bowser Beer For Dogs

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Bowser Beer is a healthier alternative to sharing your beer with your dog. You can pour some in his water bowl or even pour it over his kibble. This dog beer contains no alcohol, carbonation, hops or added salt or fat. It also contains glucosamine (good for joint health) and malt barley (high in vitamin B).

Their 3-pack contains 3 different fun brews: Beefy Brown Ale, Cock-a-Doodle Brew and Porky Pup Porter. Bowser Beer is made in the U.S. and can be refrigerated for up to a week after opening.

Price: $15.99 for 3 bottles

Dogwine

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Dogwine’s FetchMe Grigio and FetchMe Noir are a fun way to treat your dog at dinnertime or anytime. Like Bowser Beer, you can opt to pour this non-alcoholic wine over your dog’s kibble for a healthy and fun meal. Dogwine contains organic bacon extract and organic salmon oil to boost your pup’s healthy skin and coat.

Price: $12.00 for 2 bottles

Viva Coco Coconut Water Powder For Dogs

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Add Viva Coco Coconut Water Powder to your dog’s water for a nutritional, sweet-tasting and refreshing drink. This powder is 100% all-natural and non-GMO and contains essential electrolytes, like potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium, for ideal hydration. It also has iron, vitamin A and C to boost your dog’s overall health. And the company even uses sustainably sourced coconuts for its powder.

Price: Out of stock for a 3-pack (20 servings in each pack)

Wine For Cats

Pet Winery CatWine Pawty PackView on Amazon

Don’t leave your cat out of all the fun! Pet Winery CatWine Pawty Pack is a non-alcoholic, organic catnip wine that your cat will be sure to love. You can use it as is, freeze it into kitty pops or pour it over your cat’s kibble. It’s also enriched with wild Alaskan salmon oil to promote shiny coats and healthy joints and skin. You get two bottles, a Purrgundy and a Meowsling. Gotta love the names!

Price: $12.99 for 2 bottles

What Can Dogs Drink Besides Water Graphic

Here’s a handy guide you can reference in the future.

What Can Dogs Drink Besides Water graphic

How Does A Dog Drink, Anyway?

Ever wonder how your dog can get enough liquid with just his tongue? Watch how Neo, a Danish-Swedish farm dog, drinks in “Slow Mo Time.”

Other Treats To Give Your Dog

Always on the lookout for quality dog treats to reward your pup? Be sure to check out our comprehensive reviews of the best dog treats, including recommendations for all kinds of dogs. Also, see our firsthand review of Granola Barks’ healthy, certified organic treats that come in several different flavors.

Finally, have you heard about CBD treats for dogs? These all-natural, hemp-derived treats contain no harmful ingredients (no THC) and can help ease all kind of health problems, from anxiety to joint pain.

What do you give your dog to drink other than water?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

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Paul
Occasionally I add a splash of milk to my dogs water, so that it is really diluted 1/100, but it encourages him to drink lots and ensures his wee is nice and clear. Is this harmful?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service to see if it’s safe for your dog.
Jared
We have a lactose intolerant family member, and as a result we keep lactose-free whole milk in the house. Wouldn’t this technically be fine for a dog as long as you watch the calories and sugar intake?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
It’d be best to consult your vet about it. Is there a reason your dog needs to drink whole milk? If it isn’t a dietary need for your dog, then I’d just avoid giving it to him/her.
Nancy
Is flavored water safe for dogs?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
It depends on the ingredients. And you probably shouldn’t give your dog a carbonated water (e.g., La Croix), but if you want to infuse your dog’s water with some fruit you probably could. However, I’d recommend checking with your vet beforehand. You can get an idea of what types of fruit are safe for dogs in our article Foods Not To Feed Dogs.
janet
can my dog have chicken broth when she doesent feel good
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Chicken broth is safe for dogs.