Hops are not Man’s Best Friends Friend, A warning for all dog owners

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4 Responses

  1. nate says:

    I read about this in the first little book I read on homebrewing. I am glad you thought to write about it. I have a four children and a shiatsu. You are absolutely correct in saying both will eat ANYTHING.

    Cute dog!

  2. JT says:

    Well that is interesting. I can vouch that hops are not poisonous to the American Staffordshire Terrier breed. My dog eats all the hops leaves he can reach, has for two years now and loves to chew the roots (bad dog!).

    I’d like to see a list of breeds effected.

  3. JT says:

    Reading up on the issue, there isn’t a lot of proof of this. Extremely small sample of cases reported since 2002, 9 is all I can find actual references too.

    I wouldn’t fault people for erring on the side of their dog’s health but my personal experience over the last two years is that hop plants have no effect on my dog at all – who has easily eaten some leaves, roots and eventually cones every day from May through September.

    • Simply Beer says:

      I’m glad your dog is not susceptible to the hyperthermia, of the nine cases I saw, 7 were greyhounds. I believe the others were mix breeds, but non the less, I’d hate to see this suffering of hyperthermia in a pet and would error on the side of caution.