What is the danger of letting my dog drink tea?
No caffeinated drink is good for your dog, and that includes tea. Caffeine is highly toxic to dogs and, if consumed, she might experience restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart, rate, hypertension (elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), seizures, collapse and, ultimately, death.
Of course, there are many herbal teas on the market, but don’t assume that it’s okay just because it doesn’t include caffeine, as there could contain a floral that’s toxic to dogs.
Green tea has been proven to be a powerful immune booster for humans and, in small doses and caffeine-free, it can do the same for your dogs. Be sure to exercise caution, because despite the health benefits, too much green tea could upset your dog’s digestive system, and she could die of an overdose.
Brewed tea isn’t the only form, though: You can also buy green tea products designed for dogs, such as chewables and sprays. Some dog food companies even put green tea extracts into their food.
• Antioxidants Galore
Antioxidants boost the immune system by attacking free radicals, those substances that make humans and non-humans sick; they’re also responsible for causing aging. In fact, antioxidants are so important that many pet foods include them, especially the natural ones like vitamins C and E.
• Cancer Prevention
A 2002 American Cancer Society study found success treating canine lymphoma with green tea extract and prednisone or quinolone. There have been claims of other studies showing a correlation between everyday consumption of green and a decreased risk of esophageal, stomach and liver cancers.
CANINE TEA PARTIES:
You and your dog can still enjoy a cup together, because there are some specially-formulated, fun, organic canine teas on the market that include things like herbs, plants and plant essences.
Ask your veterinarian for guidance on natural teas to avoid any negative interaction or allergy.