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ppppTSome Types Of Tea Are Safe - Even Beneficial For Dogs!

How crazy is it that there's already only 6 posts left of the A to Z Challenge?  It feels bitter sweet that the challenge is almost at its end.  After posting 6+ times a week it's going to be nice to go back to my normal 3.  But I've had a lot of fun working on the challenge posts, and know that my dogs especially have enjoyed it this year!

Today's post is all about tea!  Have you ever given your dog tea?  For a long time I was unaware that there are types of teas that are safe for pets.  The first pet I ever gave tea to was one of my past rabbits.  He was suffering from stomach issues and the vet recommended I try offering some chamomile tea.

What Types Of Teas Are Safe?

Chamomile tea, as mentioned above, is safe for dogs (and rabbits too).  This is the type of tea I occasionally give my pets, although there are others that are safe.  Generally teas that are safe will be herbal teas that contain no caffeine.  Echinacea, Licorice root, ginger, peppermint, and Rooibos tea are all suppose to be not only safe for dogs, but beneficial as well.

Make sure to read the ingredients thoroughly before offering tea to your pet.  Do not offer tea if you aren't sure that all the ingredients are dog safe.  Some herbal teas contain multiple types of herbs - some dog friendly, but some not.  The main danger with most teas is that they contain caffeine.  Caffeine is toxic to dogs.  If you have a dog that is in any way compromised, especially if he/she suffers from liver issues, consult your vet before adding tea to your pet's diet.  It is possible for dogs to be allergic to the herbs used in herbal teas so keep an especially close eye on them after offering tea for the first time.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of giving your dog tea really depends on what type you are offering.  Chamomile tea can be as soothing to dogs as it is to people.  Chamomile tea is also good for helping to heal upset stomachs.  It can also be applied topically to help reduce itching and inflammation.

Echinacea tea is thought to help boost the immune system.  Ginger tea, like chamomile, can help soothe upset stomachs.  Licorice root tea works as an anti-inflammatory, and may be able to help dogs suffering with joint inflammation.  It's also soothing to the skin if applied topically.  Rooibos tea is another immune system booster and can also be very soothing.  Peppermint tea is another one that can help upset stomachs and other digestive issues, and it can also help to freshen your pet's breath.

How To Offer Dogs Tea

Don't offer too much tea at once, especially if your dog has never had it before.  How much tea I give my pets depends on how strong I brew it.  With a stronger tea, I offer only a couple of teaspoons.  If the tea is weak or very dilute, I'll offer a bit more.

I offer my dogs plain tea only.  Some dogs are lactose intolerant, so wouldn't handle milk well.  Sugar, another common tea additive, commonly causes stomach troubles.  I said it before but I'll say it again, make sure not to offer tea with caffeine because caffeine is toxic to dogs.

Normally I'll offer tea by itself in a bowl, but it can also be added to your pet's food.  So far I haven't given tea to my puppy, but my older dog Kitsune seems to enjoy it.

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This post is a part of the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge!  You can learn more about our challenge theme here.

I'd love to hear from you!  Have you ever offered your dog tea?  Did he/she like it?  If you offered it to help with a health ailment, such as an upset stomach, do you think the tea helped?

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