Can I Give My Dog Chamomile Tea?

Can I Give My Dog Chamomile Tea?Chamomile tea is one of the most well-liked herbal teas. An estimated 1 million cups are consumed daily. Of course, pretty much all dogs are missing out on this wonderful drink made from the flower of a special plant.

It’s a shame because Chamomile is an antioxidant and gentle astringent that can treat inflammation, relax muscles and reduce irritations of the skin. It’s also good for anxiety and is a mild sleep-aid. The benefits are so numerous that you want your pet dog to partake with you!

So can you give your dog some chamomile tea or are there reasons to avoid doing so? Well, we have an answer for you. You can absolutely share some with your best buddy but learn more before they start lapping up this delicious tea.

Can I Give My Dog Some Chamomile Tea? Answer: Yes

In fact, it’s used as a calming aid for pets in supplement form.

Provide Chamomile tea as long as your best buddy isn’t allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemum flowers or other Compositae (Asteraceae) flowering plants. Although data is lacking for dogs, a low percentage of humans are allergic to chamomile. So, it’s not a common allergen and should be okay. It can be of great benefit for pets in several ways.

Practical Use for Dogs

Chamomile, also known as Matricaria recutita, works on the digestive system by calming it and relieving spasms and gas. If your dog has a belly ache due to anxiety or gas, this sweet tasting tea can help.

It’s also suitable for dogs who vomit upon getting too excited or after eating. Simply brew a tea bag or about a tbsp of chamomile flowers in 1 c of boiling water for 15 minutes. When using loose tea, be sure to strain it. Once it’s done brewing, add another cup of water so it is not too strong.

Either use a medicine syringe to administer it orally or chill it and place it in your pooch’s water bowl. When using a syringe, you will want to use approximately 1/4 tsp for every 30 pounds that your dog weighs and repeat every couple hours.

Spray & Eye Drops

If your pup has itchy or irritated skin, put chilled chamomile tea in a spray bottle to cool, comfort, and kill any bacteria or yeast that may be present. When using a spray, your dog should get relief immediately. Put any leftover spray in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

Create doggie eye drops for those who have conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, from allergies, irritants or infection. To make the eye drops, pour the tea in a coffee filter to strain it. Use a saline contact lens solution to water down the tea by using 1 part chamomile tea to 3 parts sterile saline solution.

Apply the finished remedy to the eyes with a pet medicine dropper two to three times daily until the swelling and irritation is noticeably gone. If the condition gets worse or doesn’t clear, you should contact a vet.

Warm or Cool Compress

When a spray doesn’t seem to give them enough relief, a warm tea bag compress is an alternative for minor infections. Use a warm chamomile tea bag that has been soaked in boiling water and apply it to the affected areas. This can be used on your dog’s eyes or skin.

For skin that is irritated due to allergies or flea bites, use a cool compress rather than warm. You can also soak the affected areas so they are fully saturated.

Conclusion on Chamomile Tea

Yes, you can give your dog chamomile tea on occasion. It may help your pet in many ways since it’s a natural remedy for many issues common to dogs. So brew up a warm cup of chamomile tea, you and your pooch can relax and unwind together.

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Jenna February, 2016

My dog gets very aggressive before she visits the vet. Will chamomile tea help calm her down?

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Heather January, 2016

I’m interested in trying this with my 60 pound Boxer but I want to understand dosage amount a little better. In the article, it says 1/4 teaspoon based on 30 pounds? Someone in the comments section said they gave a cup?

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Anne Marie August, 2015

I would like to know whether chamomile tea will help for my two bitches that suddenly start fighting with each other. Can it possibly help to calm them down?

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Holly October, 2015

No, it will not. I know this because I asked my vet if it would help any. If they are not spayed, they will fight over who is an Alpha Female. You might want to ask your vet what would help them calm down, if they aren’t spayed. Good luck.

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Mary Rose June, 2015

My Lhasapoo chews his paws continually. I think he may have a yeast infection in-between his paws. Will this tea help him? He also has a lot of allergies, like grass and some foods. I would like to try the tea, maybe on my daughter who has stomach issues too.

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Corina April, 2015

Chamomile works very well for anxiety, gas and the slightly nervous dog. I use 1 teabag. I open it and add it to their food.

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Jennifer June, 2015

So you put the tea grinds in with their food? I heard someone say that they actually soak dog food in it. Would that work?

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Sheila February, 2015

My Jack Russell is getting better after receiving chamomile diluted and added to food. He has had it three times today and seems lot better. He’s stopped pacing.

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Sheila February, 2015

Just tried chamomile tea and my Jack Russell is pacing about, tail down. He’s now laid down after mixing tea with his food after it cooled.

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Tina December, 2014

My dog keeps getting kennel cough. Can you please tell me which tea is the best to give my dog?

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Mike December, 2014

I believe they have a vaccine for kennel cough and it’s well worth the money.

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Marcy January, 2015

The vaccine is like a flu shot to humans. It doesn’t fully prevent it, but helps to shorten recovery time and limits the strength of the virus should they catch it.

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Marco November, 2014

Be careful, chamomile is poisonous to dogs. Look it up.

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Edd Bean December, 2014

Our dog was either scared or bit by something in our back yard. She yelped like she was being eaten by coyotes and peed all over. When my wife went to help, “Pumpkin” was out of her mind and bit her. We saw on the internet about putting chamomile tea in her food and tried it. Within minutes she stopped walking around in circles and pacing back and forth. Within 2 days she was back to normal. Camomile tea is not poisonous to dogs unless, I assume, you’re giving it in gargantuan amounts.

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Brenda January, 2016

Marco, I have found that not to be true. As long as you dilute it, half tea and half water, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Kathy April, 2016

Only according to the ASPCA and I don’t trust them when it comes to medical issues with dogs. They recommend pharmaceuticals way too much. According to every other source that came up when I searched for this, and according to my vet, chamomile is not toxic to dogs.

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Margaret November, 2014

I wonder if anyone can help me. My dog, Coco Cavoodle, gets really anxious when I leave him and stresses out. He also hates me leaving him when he goes to be trimmed. I was looking for something to calm him and came across calm drops. Do these work? I also read about the Chamomile tea and will definitely give this a go.

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James November, 2014

Hi Margaret. Have you tried Melatonin? Give it a try.

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Jessica October, 2014

I looked this up because usually humans drink tea if they have anxiety. Will it work for my dog’s anxiety? It’s really bad.

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ML November, 2014

Nutricalm, it’s great and a vet can get it for you. Google it.

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Lisa December, 2014

Keep him in a caring, loving and non-stressful environment and away from potentially dangerous or aggressive dogs and the anxiety will go away eventually.

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Edd Bean December, 2014

Jessica, I can only go by experience. We gave our dog Chamomile tea, 2 times a day for 4 days because of the experience I noted above. She is sleeping calmly, next to me, as I write this and has virtually no side effects. She is now playing as she normally did. I hope this helps and please let me know.

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Christine February, 2014

My one year old dog is very hyperactive and will frequently destroy our house when left alone for even the twenty minutes it takes to pick up the children from school. A friend suggested we give him a bowl of cold chamomile tea an hour before we leave. We did so today and were completely amazed at the change in him. He seemed more relaxed and the house was exactly as we left it.

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James February, 2014

Hi Christine. Fantastic! Hopefully others struggling with the same dog behavioral problems will find your comment and have similar success. Thank you for sharing your firsthand info on chamomile tea.

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Shannon August, 2014

Did you dilute it with water?

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Christine August, 2014

Yeah Shannon, just make it up like you were making a cup of tea, but make sure you let it cool down enough.

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