Why Dogs Don't Like Juice



Have you ever noticed your dog does not find juice appealing? In fact, he probably does not like most juices at all. Why is it that humans can drink all sorts of things, but we mostly only give our pets water? You may find it odd that our diets differ this much when it comes to liquids. This curious question may get you to thinking if there is a scientific explanation for this or is it just an inherited trait in dogs? Maybe juices are harmful to dogs. Whatever the reason is, this interesting question has got the wheels turning and it is time we explored it a bit more.

The Root of the Behavior

First of all, there are some juices that are not good for you dog at all. This may be why your tail wagging friend turns his or her nose up at these drinks. Your dog may sense it is not good for them. Grape juice is one of these juices. In fact, anything with grapes in it such as juice, win,e or raisins are toxic to your dog. Exposure to grape products could be fatal or cause kidney failure in dogs and it is just recommended that you avoid giving your dog anything with grapes in it. Prune juice is another juice that is not so great for dogs. Even if your dog is constipated, it is recommended to avoid prunes. It may only lead to dehydration, diarrhea, and other serious health conditions. In fact, many juices will dehydrate your dog quickly. The issue is that most juices are highly concentrated and have many chemicals and preservatives in them so they are just not good for your pet's digestive system.

Another reason why dogs do not like juice may be due in part to their sense of smell. This is especially the case with citrus juices. The strong scent of lemons or oranges really can irritate their noses or cause adverse reactions in dogs. In fact, most dogs dislike the smell so much that some people use the smell to keep dogs out of certain areas or people clean tables and chairs with it to curb dogs from chewing on furniture. When in doubt, just give your pooch a bowl of water. This is the safest way to ensure your dog's overall health and vitality. Also, keep in mind what your dog would have in the wild if he or she lived there. This is a good question to ask yourself when deciding on giving your dog something to drink or eat.

Encouraging the Behavior

The best way to take care of your pup is to always give him or her water. It is the healthiest thing for your canine and won’t cause any health issues. If for some reason you think your dog needs something other than water, contact your vet. There are a select few different liquids such as broth that can be given to dogs when they are sick, however, it always best to talk to your pet’s vet before changing up their diet. Keep in mind that some fruit such as apples can have some amazing health benefits for your dog in moderation. Apples have dietary fibers and also aids in cleaning your dog's teeth.  So you do not have to avoid fruit altogether. However, it is recommended to stick to the fruit and to avoid the juice which is too sugary and concentrated for your dog. Also if he or she happens to lick up a spill of apple juice or orange juice, most likely it is nothing to be overly concerned about. Most likely your pooch will be just fine or have a tummy ache. However, if there is an adverse reaction, you should talk to your vet as soon as possible. It is always better to play it safe than to be sorry.

Other Solutions and Considerations

There are other drinks your furry friend may not like or may not even be good for him. A big one would be alcohol. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause alcohol poisoning in a dog or worse, can even be fatal. Other ones to keep in mind are coffee or tea. Coffee and tea contain caffeine which is harmful to dogs. In fact, anything with caffeine can cause health issues. This even includes chocolate. Also, milk is another one to avoid as dogs are lactose intolerant. It’s just a good idea to avoid giving any of these drinks to your dog. Most reactions can be mild, but sometimes they can be fatal.


Dogs are pretty smart animals. They know what they like and what they don’t like. In fact, they sometimes may even have instincts on what is harmful to their bodies. So, if you ever question giving any liquid to your beloved best friend, it’s best to just stick with water instead of playing guessing games. Your dog’s overall health is key here, so it’s important to never give him or her something that could give them health issues.