Can Dogs Drink Tea? Caffeine? Toxic?

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Can dogs have tea? Occasionally. But we don't recommend it. Tea is not toxic in small portions. A small quantity of tea shouldn't harm your dog or cause any long-term effects. However, it does contain caffeine which, if consumed in excess, can cause serious health issues.
Tea is not something we recommend adding to their everyday diet. 
Water is the only drink your dog needs.
But, if you catch your dog lapping up your leftover tea, there is no need to rush to the vet.

 

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Why Is Tea Not Recommended For Dogs?

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There are also no proven health benefits for dogs. In humans, tea is thought to promote heart health, increase bone health, prevent cancer due to the antioxidants, and boost immunity. No studies or research have confirmed whether these also benefit a dog. 

Why shouldn't my dog drink tea?

Caffeine - Our pets are more sensitive to caffeine than we are. Therefore, a small volume can cause the same effects that we would after a more significant consumption. This is the main reason dogs should not be regularly drinking tea.
Side Effects:
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Raised blood pressure
Sugar and Honey - Often, we add sugars to our tea, and if our dog consumes it, it can cause harmful effects. We do not recommend giving your dog any foods laden with sugar.
Side Effects:
  • Obesity and Weight Gain
  • Dental Issues
  • Hyperactivity
Milk - Although milk isn't toxic to dogs, and many enjoy the taste of it, it can cause some negative effects. Milk is high in fat, and it can also create an upset stomach. Dogs don't process dairy well, and many have some level of lactose intolerance. 
Side Effects:
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Obesity
  • Gas
Tannins - Tannic acid is toxic to dogs, it is present in acorns and grapes, both of which should never be ingested by your dog. However, there is a difference between tannic acid and tannins. Tea is thought to contain no tannic acid.

 

What Kind Of Tea Can Dogs Drink?

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Can dogs drink decaf tea? Yes, in controlled amounts.
Can dogs drink green tea and black tea? Yes, a small measure of green or black decaffeinated tea, that has been cooled, and contains no milk or added sugar, is considered generally safe for dogs. 
Although not proven, many people do think that the benefits of tea on humans can also help dogs, including the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Green tea is even thought to promote breath freshness in our pooches. 
However, some research shows that it can cause negative effects when consumed excessively, or on an empty stomach. 

 

What Can My Dog Drink? 

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Water is always the best for quenching your dog's thirst. But if you are looking for something a little more exciting, there are dog alternatives to your favorite beverages.
Tea Pet and Woof and Brew both sell dog-friendly teas with different benefits, like calming or health benefits like antioxidants, and added vitamins and minerals. Woof and Brew also sell dog-friendly 'beers,' 'wines,' and 'pawseccos' so your pet will never feel left out. 
*These are treats, so they should only makeup 10% of your dogs daily diet, and be fed responsibly*

 

Beverage
Can Dogs Drink?
Why?
Water
Yes
Water is the only drink your dog needs, once it has been weaned from its mother.
Milk
Occasionally
Dogs can drink cows milk as a treat, but it can cause an upset stomach and weight gain.
Tea
Occasionally
Tea is not toxic in small amounts. But it does contain caffeine. A large amount of caffeine can cause toxicity and have serious side effects.
Coffee
No
Coffee contains far more caffeine than tea. We strongly advise you not to give your dog coffee as it can cause toxicity.
Juice
Occasionally
Pure fruit juice (except grape) is safe for dogs. However, it not necessary for dogs to consume juice. Watch out for added sugars, which can cause weight gain and tooth decay.
Alcohol
No
Never feed your dog alcohol, their body is not designed to process it, and it can cause severe CNS issues, including hypothermia, coma, and vomiting. 
Milk Alternatives (almond, oat, soy, coconut)
Occasionally
Most milk alternatives are safe for dogs, but again, not required in a dog's diet. The majority of milk alternatives are high in fat. This can cause weight gain and lead to obesity if not kept in check.
Soda
No
Soda is full of sugar and caffeine, both of which can be dangerous to dogs. Do not let your dog drink soda; however, if your dog has a small sip of your soda by accident, it likely won't harm them. Excessive consumption can cause vomiting and hydration.
Beer
No
No, this comes under the same category as alcohol. Never allow your dog to drink beer.

 

FAQs

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Can dogs drink tea with honey?
In a small quantity, it is considered safe? However, the caffeine in the tea and sugar in the honey can affect a dog. The caffeine can be toxic, and the sugar can cause dental issues and weight gain.
Can dogs drink peppermint tea?
Yes, once it is cold, peppermint tea can benefit your dog's digestive system. If you are allowing your dog to have tea to help with medical issues, always contact your vet for advice.
Is tea good for dogs coats?
It's not proven. A nutritious diet and healthy oils can make your dog's coat shine, along with regular grooming.
Can dogs drink tea with sugar?
A small amount likely won't cause any damage. However, we do not recommend allowing your dog to have tea and sugar too often as the caffeine can be toxic, and sugar can cause weight issues.

 

 

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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.

 

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