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Are you wondering if chamomile tea is safe for your dog? Is there any reason why this herbal tea is off limits?
It is tempting to share considering that chamomile is a natural muscle relaxer, antioxidant, sleep aid, anxiety reducer, gentle astringent as well as an anti-inflammatory for skin outbreaks.
Well, we have good news!
In moderation, chamomile is not dangerous for dogs. In fact, your best buddy may benefit from having a bit.
Your Dog Can Have Small Amounts of Chamomile Tea
It is increasingly being used as a pet calming aid (in supplement form).
Provide Chamomile tea as long as your dog is not allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemum flowers or other Compositae (Asteraceae) flowering plants.
Data is lacking for dogs, but we know that only a low percentage of humans are allergic to chamomile. It is not a common allergen.
Good Uses For Dogs
Chamomile, also known as Matricaria recutita, tends to calm the digestive system and relieve spasms and gas. This tea may help to alleviate your dog’s belly ache.
It is also suitable for dogs who vomit upon getting too excited or after eating.
Brew a tea bag or about a tbsp of chamomile flowers in 1 c of boiling water for 15 minutes. But, 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 And 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, AKA pink eye, from allergies, irritants or infection.
First, pour the tea in a coffee filter to strain it. Use a saline contact lens solution to water it down by using 1 part chamomile tea to 3 parts sterile saline solution.
Apply to the eyes with a medicine dropper two to three times daily until the swelling and/or irritation is gone.
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.
The Bottom Line
You can give your dog chamomile tea. It can help in many ways.
It is a great natural remedy in a number of areas. You and your dog can relax and unwind together with a moderate amount of chamomile.