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Green tea is super healthy with the antioxidants being especially excellent!
Yet, this doesn’t necessarily mean pets should be drinking it.
You have to be careful about giving your dog anything that contains caffeine.
While the amount in green tea is relatively low, it is reason enough to be cautious and conservative.
Only Give Your Dog Small Serving of Green Tea
This brew has some amazing attributes, but it is not totally conclusive if the benefits carry over to animals.
In any case, a small amount won’t harm your dog.
Do try to get a quality all-natural decaffeinated green tea as that would be the safest way to share.
And even then, you have to be realistic. It won’t work miracles.
You certainly can’t depend on Green tea to help your dog with an existing medical problem.
Valuable For The Antioxidants
The truth is Green tea (AKA Camelia sinensis) may or may not be worthwhile to add to your pet’s diet — again it’s not clear either way.
Some say this herb can reduce urine and feces odors. That’s debatable and evidence is lacking!
What is certain is that green tea contains powerful antioxidants.
Are there benefits to be had, particularly for older dogs?
Arthritis is so common among canines and antioxidants often help. It’s worth a shot if you feel strongly about trying it.
More Debatable Health Benefits
Green teas, as well as other herbal teas, may lower heart disease risk and reduce high blood pressure.
But, the question becomes, how to you know that your dog needs this type of help?
In any case, green tea may also be useful for:
- Weight loss
- Strengthening the immune system
- Eliminating free radicals
- Disease prevention (including cancer)
But you should also be aware of some downsides when it comes to dogs…
Results of An Alarming Study
The ASPCA is cautious about pet parents giving green tea.
And a study carried out on 32 Beagles ended prematurely due to 16 deaths.
You read that right!
The dogs consumed polyphenolic catechins (PPE) – a concentrated extract. High doses, on empty stomachs, caused most of them to die within weeks.
Thankfully there is no need to panic because you’d be giving your dog a milder form a green tea.
Moderation is a must.
Careful Giving Your K9 Caffeine
It is not controversial to say that dogs should not be given much, if any, caffeine.
Sure, green tea contains comparatively less than coffee. Nevertheless, go easy to minimize risks.
Here is a rule of thumb:
Never give more than 30mg of caffeine per pound of the dog’s body weight. This goes for green tea or anything that is caffeinated.
The Bottom Line
Most green teas contain a level of caffeine which could be problematic for some pets.
There is a strong case to be made that such beverages should be off limits. After all, dogs have a high sensitivity to this natural stimulant.
Toxicity is, indeed, a valid concern.
So, at the very least, strictly limit the amount if you still plan on sharing.
Giving Green tea is certainly not recommended as a way to treat your dog for whatever may be ailing them.