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Old 02-04-2009, 01:17 AM   #1
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Default Pets and alcohol

Ok.

This came up because I saw some youtube video of a cat drinking
Chimay.

Cat drinking Chimay? What good taste!

No matter how cute you think it is, please don't give your pets alcohol.
It is toxic to them. Especially cats. Small amounts of alcohol can cause
respiratory distress, coma, death and other cute things. Cats can not
metabolize alcohol like we can.

Take care of your pets.

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Old 02-04-2009, 01:25 AM   #2
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When my dog wants a taste of something I'm drinking I just dip my finger in it and let her lick a few drops off of it. Oh well, maybe in her next life.

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I agree!
I love kitties!

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I agree!
I love kitties!
That was one hell of a first post.
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^ Hahahahaha

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My cat was smelling a barleywine i was drinking last night, and just the smell made him start acting crazy. Glad he didn't try to drink any!

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That was one hell of a first post.
She meant marinated in soy sauce and a beer to wash it all down like Andrew Zimmern.

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Really? Thats all it takes to get rid of a cat?? Thanks!

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I will go ahead and correct this right now.

Yes, alcohol can be dangerous to your pet, but it is not due to any more toxic effects than alcohol has on your body. Ethanol is metabolized by both cats and dogs through the alcohol dehydrogenase pathway just as it is in humans. In fact this pathway and treatment with ethanol is used for treatment of some toxicities when other drugs are not available (compound 1080, ethylene glycol, etc.)

All poisoning problems boil down to the amount (dosage) of alcohol ingested compared to weight. Remember, your pet can be as small as 1/20th your size (or smaller), so what equates to one beer to you can be as little as 1/4 to 1/2 an ounce to your pet.

So yes, please by all means don't go pouring a bottle of Chimay out for your kitten, no more than you would hand your two year old a bottle of everclear, but to say alcohol is toxic because your pet can not metabolize it is untrue.

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So yes, please by all means don't go pouring a bottle of Chimay out for your kitten, no more than you would hand your two year old a bottle of everclear, but to say alcohol is toxic because your pet can not metabolize it is untrue.

Thats too bad. If I had thought this 10 years ago I would have had the wife's cat tanked up half the time!

My dog loves beer. I usually pour a little on the deck for her to lap up and she loves it. Then again she also loves horse puckeys, sniffing strange crotches, dead bugs etc. etc.

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