All You Need to Know About Tea for Dogs

Learn how giving your dog decaffeinated tea can be a safe and effective herbal medicine for treating conditions developed later in their life.

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by Adobestock/Javier brosch

Did you know that a small cup of black or green tea could help improve your dog’s health and well-being? Studies reveal that decaffeinated tea is a safe herbal medicine for dogs with conditions that you’ll discover later.

Can Dogs Drink Tea?

Giving tea to your pet can be beneficial for his health because the beverage is loaded with antioxidants as well as relaxing and soothing properties.

Yes, dogs can drink tea. Generally, herbal teas are safe for pets, but just to be on the safe side, you should consult your veterinarian before giving any of them to your dog.

Teas like rooibos, Echinacea and peppermint tea can aid in digestion.  You can also give him decaffeinated versions of black or green tea, which are loaded with antioxidant properties, to keep him fit and healthy.

Can Dogs Drink Herbal Tea?

Yes, caffeine-free herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, are beneficial for digestion.   As said, you can also give him green or black tea, but make sure that it’s caffeine-free.

[Caffeine can be fatal to dogs in large doses, so you might just be asking for trouble if you ignore this reminder. A few symptoms of caffeine poisoning include heart palpitations, muscle tremors and restlessness.]

Now when it comes to the difference between green tea and black tea, know that the prior is dried right after harvest but black tea is not.

Black tea is dried later to allow tannins and theaflavins and others to form.

Green tea leaves are not also fermented, so they don’t undergo oxidation unlike black tea.  It makes green tea potent source of epigallactocatechin gallate (EGCG) taunted to fight cardiovascular conditions and cancer.

Nevertheless, both green and black teas have antioxidants that can help in treating particular conditions.

Why Drinking Tea Is Necessary For Dogs

For one, dogs with a medical condition calling for a higher level of antioxidants in their system can benefit from drinking tea, as it can aid in reducing bad blood cholesterol and is an anti-cancer agent.

Green tea, in particular, can also inhibit several cancers, including lung and gall bladder cancer.  It also has the ability of inhibiting breast cancer by binding to the body’s estrogen receptors among small animals.

Its catechin content is also absorbed the body tissues but concentrate in the digestive tract and liver among subject laboratory animals and dogs, showing how protective it could be for these regions.

Which Conditions Need A “Tea Therapy”

As briefly touched on in the previous section, tea can be beneficial for dogs suffering from a condition that needs antioxidants.

For example, it can be beneficial for several tumor types that also include those in the colon, intestine, pancreas and rectum.

Certain initial findings also reveal that green tea could treat cancer in pets because it could aid in reducing pancreatic, colon and stomach cancer incidences in humans.

It just goes to show that pets can get the same benefits with regular consumption. But again, talk to your veterinarian prior to administering tea as a part of his treatment protocol.

Green tea’s catechins play a significant role in keeping his body cancer-free because of the excretion and inactivation of carcinogens.

These compounds can also alter cancer-causing molecules that damage the DNA.

Cooled green tea can also help in soothing mouth sores and hot spots and cleaning his dirty ears.

It can also be used for dogs with inflammatory conditions and those that need immune system boost.   So if your dog is sickly and you’re looking to increase his resistance against diseases, you might as well give him tea for help.

Reminder–   If making different teas, don’t mix teapots as well as don’t over-boil the water.  Green tea, in particular, is sensitive that its leaves can burn if over-boiled. As a result, it can also lose its healing and aromatic properties. 

Final Thoughts

Teas can be an effective herbal medicine for dogs with cancer or any other condition requiring a higher level of antioxidants in their system but with caution.

Do not give it to your dog without consulting your vet if planning to use it in combination with chemotherapy or another treatment.  Lastly, do not use caffeinated versions because caffeine can be harmful or even fatal to your furry friend.