Fortunately, there is a growing school of thought among responsible dog and cat lovers that places animals ahead of corporations. Starting at the top is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) who warns us simply, 'Alcohol, even in small amounts, is harmful to dogs and cats.' No mincing of words from the foremost authority against animal cruelty, but let's look into a few of the medical reasons to learn why.
When a dog or cat (or human) ingests alcohol, changes in blood chemistry begin immediately. Total body acid surges and, over time, alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA), an acute metabolic acidosis can occur. What is merely an annoying hangover to a human can become a matter of life and death to a dog or cat.
'Your dog is much smaller than you,' says holistic veterinarian Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM, 'and so is much more susceptible to the poisonous effects of alcohol, including death.'
What puts dogs and cats at even more risk is, unlike in humans, the inability to metabolize alcohol. 'Alcohol depresses the brain function in dogs and can send them into a coma,' says National Geographic in its special Canine Taboos. 'Dogs are not equipped with the protective enzymes that allow humans to imbibe reasonable amounts of alcohol without harm. And because most dogs are smaller than humans and are more sensitive to alcohol, it does not take a lot to cause serious problems.'
Symptoms of alcohol toxicity in cats and dogs include:
LethargyFaintingVomitingExcessive panting (dogs)Gasping for air (cats)Abdominal painDehydrationProblems urinatingLack of coordinationDiarrheaSeizuresFoaming at the mouthComaBrain damageDeath
But what about Big Alcohol's claim that a 'small amount' of alcohol (ethanol) won't hurt your dog or cat? The ASPCA warns us once again, 'Even ingesting a small amount of a product containing alcohol can cause significant intoxication.'
Another reference to small amounts of alcohol is found in Alcohol Poisoning in Cats and Dogs by an author/contributor at voices.yahoo. 'If your cat or dogs weighs 10 pounds, it will probably not be able to survive an ethanol (grain alcohol) dosage of more than 25 grams.' This is the exact amount of straight grain alcohol (Ethyl alcohol) contained in a typical 4 ounce bottle of the popular cat and dog dental spray.
Conscientious veterinarians agree
So in the final analysis the evidence cannot be ignored. Conscientious veterinarians who think truthfully about the problem of alcohol in cat and dog dental sprays are coming to many of the same conclusions.
Small amounts of alcohol given daily, over time, can be associated with
Liver damageKidney failureReduced nutritional uptakeDigestive problemsNervous disordersRespiratory impairmentDistorted visionEarly onset of diseasePremature agingReduced quality of life
If you've detected a not-so-subtle bias in my presentation of these facts, it's because I am more than just a little outspoken about the dangers of alcohol in dog dental sprays. You see, as an herbalist specializing in natural remedies for dogs and cats, I'm asking you to give your beloved pet a truly safe and effective alternative. This product is alcohol-free, made with human grade ingredients, and actually tastes good, too. It's called DentaSure 100% Natural Oral Care Spray & Gel for Dogs & Cats. It helps freshen breath, fight cavities, reverse gingivitis, remove plaque & tartar, and maintain healthy gums & teeth.
More importantly, the product doesn't betray the trust our furry companions place in us. It's quickly becoming the first choice of holistic veterinarians across the USA and around the world. Join the movement of responsible dog and cat lovers everywhere who have switched to this refreshingly honest alternative.