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.

There are some dog-safe options for your pup’s own happy hour, but the bottom line is that water really is the best drink for your dog. If you want to occasionally splash some juice or gravy into their water, that’s fine, but trust us – your pup will be just as happy getting an approved canine treat to enjoy with their water as they will taking a sip of your beverage.

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Should Dogs Drink Anything Besides Water?

The short answer is no, water should be your pup’s primary source of hydration. If you’re really fixed on having your canine enjoy the occasional happy your by your side, check out these approved canine fun drinks.

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.

What Should Dogs NOT Drink?

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.


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.


Dog sick on bedIt 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.


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.


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.

Dog and cat at open fridge (caption: Foods Not To Feed Your Dog)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. If you want your canine to be able to partake in your after work happy hour, try these safe and fun doggie drink options.

Bowser Beer For Dogs

Bowser BeerView on Amazon

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: $16.99 ($0.47 / Fl Oz) for 3 bottles


Dog Fetch WineView on Amazon

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:  Check Amazon for availability for 2 bottles

Viva Coco Coconut Water Powder For Dogs

Viva All Natural Coconut WaterView on Amazon

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: Check Amazon for availability 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:  Check Amazon for availability for 2 bottles

Drinks That Your Dog Should Avoid Or Consume Sparingly (Infographic)

Here’s a handy guide you can reference in the future. The bottom line is that water really is the best drink for your dog. If you want to occasionally splash some juice or gravy into their water, that’s fine, but trust us – your pup will be just as happy getting an approved canine treat to enjoy with their water as they will taking a sip of your beverage.

Drinks That Dog Should Avoid Infographic

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How Does A Dog Drink, Anyway? [Video]

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.”

The Best Treats For 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). Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

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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Lisa Ferasin
January 18, 2020 8:14 pm

My dog loves a little bit of goats milk mixed with water as his special drink and it’s fine because it’s lactose free

Tim McCauley
March 8, 2020 2:03 am
Reply to  Lisa Ferasin

Goats milk still has lactose, just not as much as cows milk.

November 21, 2019 3:13 am

Hi there. I like how you’ve demonstrated which ones are great and safe for dogs to drink and which ones aren’t. Great visualization there. I agree about teas though. It gives a very harmful side effect to our dogs.

November 18, 2019 11:09 am

Our 15# Shih Tzu rescue stopped drinking water during a period of digestive distress. We put her in a bland diet. Now she’ll only drink water with chicken broth (made from the poaching liquid for her dinner). I’d love to be able to buy some broth since we are transitioning her back to her kibble. The only broth I see in stores have onion and garlic. Any ideas?

Kimberly Alt
November 18, 2019 2:43 pm
Reply to  Ellyn

This 365 Everyday Value Organic Chicken Broth does not have onion or garlic in it.

October 28, 2019 11:20 am

Paul I totally agree with you my dog Luna loves when I give her a little dash of milk in her water this is what I do I get a secret bowland put milk and water in that bowl then have her usual water bowl and put fresh water in that

October 24, 2019 2:43 pm

Have you heard of Echo Bone Beverage? It’s a bone broth made specifically for dogs!! It’s what we give our dog when we want to include him in our happy hours! You can even buy it at restaurants in NYC… it’s great and my dog LOVES it!

September 12, 2019 11:13 am

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
September 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Reply to  Paul

We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service to see if it’s safe for your dog.

July 2, 2019 9:51 am

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?

Mary Meissen
December 3, 2019 2:22 pm
Reply to  Jared

I have a Pug an he won’t drink water he takes a stone buster med an I have to put it in water down milk is that ok?

S Williams
January 12, 2020 2:42 am
Reply to  Mary Meissen

Had you tried putting it in peanut butter … and adding a lil apple cider vinegar to his water bowl … it works wonders for dogs and cats … just like humans …. I don’t know how much it depends on size of dog and how much water … I do know if they have any kind of parasite or worm besides heart worms the vinegar will almost immediately start killing them or cause the animal to poo them out and throw them up until they are fine eggs and all .ITS AMAZING HOW GOOD THE STUFF IS FOR YOU PET

December 11, 2019 11:57 pm
Reply to  Mary Meissen

You should call the Vet clinic that prescribed the med and ask how they suggest giving it. But ya I think as long as your pugs belly tollerates it and its really watered down milk, then I think it should be ok for short term. Long as he doesn’t have soft bowel movements after drinking it-(which would mean he’s NOT digesting it well/ NOT tolerating it well & is getting an upset stomach after drinking it.) I think a lot of people just assume as long as the dogs acting normal then he feels fine.-NOT TRUE when it comes to dogs! Dogs don’t always show symptoms when they feel bad. Even if they feel awful they will “tuff it out”, and just continue with their regular routines for as long as they can- meaning forever or til their body gives out. Plus they aren’t able to make the connection between say drinking the super tasty milky drink and the horrible upset stomach that always comes after. They don’t understand they’re connected. So they will continue drinking it over and over just cause it tastes so good. So this is why its SUPER IMPORTANT for us owners to always pay close attention to what our pups bowel movements look like! It sounds funny or gross, but since they can’t talk and tell us how they feel we have to keep an eye out for certain “clues”(one of the major ones being their #2’s). But personally in the past when a medication suggests giving with water,Ive purchased a medicine dropper/medicine syringe in the baby section of a pharmacy(some pharmacists will give you one for free if you ask. They give them out with liquid baby medications). I use this to suck up some water which I then very carefully and slowly squirt into the dogs cheek/or onto the front of their tongue and repeat until you think they’ve had enough. This way the pup will swallow the water, but make sure you don’t force it too fast,you don’t want them to choke! Be sure to also make it a VERY POSITIVE experience by praising him a lot and being VERY GENTLE! Reward with a favorite treat when its all done. You have to be careful not to squirt too much too fast and not too far back in the mouth, never near their throat because the dog could mistakenly inhale the water into their lungs!Especially because they’re not familiar with drinking this way-and they’re not expecting water to be suddenly squirted into their mouth.
You’re Vet will never agree with this method because they don’t want to be responsible for what could possibly happen if the owner is not patient and careful. Which is the owner squirting too much too fast and the dog getting water into their lungs. But You have to make the decision based on what’s best for your dogs health, and what your other options are. If you have a hyper, young, all over the place pup than I wouldn’t recommend. But certainly call your Vet first and tell them your dog won’t drink,ask them what they recommend and then make your decision.

Kimberly Alt
July 2, 2019 4:00 pm
Reply to  Jared

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.

June 19, 2019 5:13 pm

Is flavored water safe for dogs?

January 12, 2020 5:51 pm
Reply to  Nancy

Doorbells are cool

Lauretta Davidson
January 26, 2020 9:38 am
Reply to  Doorbell

U are so right

Kimberly Alt
June 20, 2019 8:38 am
Reply to  Nancy

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.

June 10, 2019 3:43 pm

can my dog have chicken broth when she doesent feel good

December 12, 2019 12:08 am
Reply to  janet

Try giving her plain cooked white rice mixed with some plain boiled chicken breast, without the bone. You can mix a little bit of the water u boil the breast in, into the mixture.(like a tablespoon or two) Make sure to shred or chop up the chicken into very small pieces. They recommend giving a ratio of 2/3 rds white rice, 1/3rd chicken. This is the best thing! This always helped my pup feel better when she had upset stomach!

Kimberly Alt
June 11, 2019 8:50 am
Reply to  janet

Chicken broth is safe for dogs.