Can I Give My Dog Chamomile Tea?

Can I Give My Dog Chamomile Tea?Chamomile tea happens to be one of the most well-liked and sought after herbal teas in the world. In fact, chamomile tea is so favored that an estimated 1 million cups are consumed each day. The tea is made from the flower of this popular plant.

Chamomile has been used for hundreds of years as an antioxidant, gentle astringent and to treat inflammation, eczema, gout, irritations of the skin and more. It can also be a mild sleep-aid as well as help to heal different bacterial infections, including those that affect the skin.

Since chamomile tea offers numerous benefits to humans, you may want to know if you can give your dog this tea and if it offers any benefits to them.

Can I Give My Dog Chamomile Tea? Answer: Yes

Chamomile tea can offer many benefits for dogs.

You can give this pet-safe herbal tea to your pup as long as they are not allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemum flowers or other Compositae (Asteraceae) flowering plants.

Since humans who are allergic to these things are more likely to have a sensitivity to chamomile, it makes sense that the same rule applies to dogs. There is a fairly low percentage of humans that are allergic to chamomile, so it is not a common allergen.

Chamomile tea can help dogs with different ailments and decrease the amount of times you have to seek veterinary assistance. That said, there are many uses including treating diaper rash, infections of the eyes and ears and other eye and nose disorders that don’t seem to fit for dogs.

Giving Your Dog Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has the ability to naturally disinfect, and it 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 when administered orally.

It’s also suitable for canines 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 is 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 lbs that your dog weighs and repeat every couple hours.

Chamomile Tea Spray & Eye Drops

If your pup has itchy skin that is irritated, put the chilled chamomile tea in a spray bottle to cool, comfort, and kill any bacteria or yeast that is present. When using a spray, your canine 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.

Yes, you can give your dog chamomile tea. It can help your pet in many ways and is known as a natural healing remedy. Brew yourself a warm cup of chamomile tea while you’re at it. You and your pooch can relax and unwind together.

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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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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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