Can dogs drink tea?

Can dogs drink tea? Let me explain what I have researched and learnt so you can have clear guidance.
Dog with nose in a mug
Can dogs drink tea?

When I was younger my Grandma always used to give her dog a bowl of tea, and she even made it up in his dog bowl, with milk, own tea bag as well, next to all the other human cups. Although I can’t remember if she used to add sugar in or not, let’s hope not, since sugar is very unhealthy for dogs. It was way back in the late ’80s, and she was well into her 70’s. So, I guess the information back then wasn’t at their fingertips like ours is now. If she had known, I doubt she would give him any bowls of tea. Let’s admit we all like a nice cup of tea, especially in England. It’s pretty much the first thing I do every morning, is stumble downstairs with one open eye, flick the kettle on and make a brew. However, the critical question is, Can you share tea with your dog? Can dogs drink tea? Let me explain what I have researched and learnt so you can have clear guidance to make the right choices.

Can dogs drink tea? No, dogs can not drink tea. Most teas, unless stated on the pack decaffeinated have caffeine in, which is toxic to dogs. Milk is also commonly added to cups of tea, and milk has natural sugars and fats in which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, obesity, and pancreatitis in dogs.

Can dogs drink decaffeinated tea?

Yes, dogs can have decaffeinated Tea occasionally without any milk, sugar or sweetener. Make sure when you give your dog a bowl of tea, it’s cooled down to room temperature.

Why can’t dogs have caffeine?

Caffeine is toxic to dogs and can cause an array of issues. Even the smallest amount can cause caffeine poisoning in dogs.

Caffeine poisoning symptoms in dogs

  • Vomiting
  • Hyperactivity
  • High body temperature
  • Panting
  • High blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Seizures

If your dog is showing any of the above signs, you must seek some professional help, quickly spotting the signs is utmost important.

Lactose-intolerant

The commonly used ingredient added to tea is milk, never give your dog milk as it contains high fats, sugars and can lead to complications. If your dog is lactose-intolerant, it’s even more important to never give them any dairy products, since this could lead to severe gas and abdominal pain.

Herbal teas and their benefits to dogs

Chamomile Tea

Dog laying next to a cup of Chamomile Tea
Is Chamomile Tea safe for dogs?

Can dogs drink Chamomile Tea?

Yes, dogs can drink small amounts of Chamomile Tea. However, it must be caffeine-free only. Chamomile tea has a calming effect and can help with mild anxiety in dogs. Chamomile can also help dogs with upset stomachs. Be sure to remove the teabag and always give it to your dog at room temperature.

Benefits of Chamomile Tea

  • Calming effect
  • Relieves upset stomachs

Warning
Can cause mild diarrhoea or vomiting if consumed too much, portion control is vital with Chamomile Tea. Depending on the size of your dog, they only need 25ml to 100ml for large dogs at any one time.

Where does Chamomile Tea come from?

Chamomile tea originated in Egpyt thousands of years ago, and it’s from the plant chamomile, the flowers are dried and mixed with hot water to make the Tea.

Green Tea

A cup of Green Tea on a wooden board
Is Green Tea safe for dogs?

Can dogs drink Green Tea?

Yes, dogs can drink small amounts of Green Tea. However, it must be caffeine-free only. Green Tea has many health benefits to dogs and is full of antioxidants. Green Tea can lower the risk of cancer and improve your dog’s overall health. Be sure to remove the teabag and always give it to your dog at room temperature.

Benefits of Green Tea

  • Lowers the risk of cancer
  • Improves general health and immune system

Warning
Can cause mild diarrhoea or vomiting if consumed too much, portion control is vital with Green Tea. Depending on the size of your dog, they only need 25ml to 100ml for large dogs at any one time.

Where does Green Tea come from?

Green Tea originates from China and is made using a species of an evergreen shrub called Camellia Sinensis. The leaves and the bud from the shrub are cooked and dried to make the tea.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea in a glass mug on some fabric
Is Peppermint Tea safe for dogs?

Can dogs drink Peppermint Tea?

Yes, dogs can drink small amounts of Peppermint Tea. However, it must be caffeine-free only. Peppermint tea has many health benefits for dogs. Peppermint Tea can improve your dog’s overall health, freshen breath and can be used as a flea repellent. Be sure to remove the teabag and always give it to your dog at room temperature.

Benefits of Peppermint Tea

  • More energy
  • Freshen dog breath
  • Can aid in weight loss
  • Hydration
  • Flea repellent

Warning
Can cause diarrhoea or vomiting if consumed too much, portion control is vital with peppermint tea. Depending on the size of your dog, they only need 25ml to 100ml for large dogs at any one time.

Where does Peppermint Tea come from?

Peppermint tea is from Europe and Asia. Its been around for thousands of years and comes from herb plants called Mentha Piperita and Mentha Spicata.

Conclusion

We now know that traditional Tea commonly on the shelves are not safe for our dogs, although you can give them decaffeinated Tea and herbal teas but only a small portion at a time. You may think to yourself, is it really worth it? Do I need to give my dog Tea? Well, that is up to you, and I hope you can now make a better decision with the information I have presented to you.

Be safe, not sorry!

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016

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