Isn’t tea poisonous for dogs?
First of all this is not about giving ordinary tea to your dog. All “true” teas, that is, teas derived from the plant Camellia sinensis – black, green, white, yellow oolong and Pu-erh tea in any form, so that includes Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, matcha and so on – are full of antioxidants that are beneficial to health. Unfortunately for your dog this kind of tea also contains caffeine, which is poisonous to dogs.
Caffeine poisoning in dogs
Although tea generally contains much less caffeine than coffee, it is still present in quantities that are sufficient to cause problems, especially for smaller dogs. The smaller the dog, the less caffeine needed to cause symptoms of poisoning. Caffeine poisoning from a few mouthfuls of tea or coffee is very unlikely. It usually happens when a dog has raided the trash and eaten tea bags.
The warning signs that your dog has caffeine poisoning are hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart rate, tremors, seizures and eventually collapse. If you think your dog has eaten or drunk tea, or coffee which has even higher levels of caffeine, contact your veterinarian without delay.
Herbal tea for dogs
Popular herbs used in herbal teas for humans that are safe for dogs to drink include chamomile, ginger, rooibos, peppermint and echinacea and these have a range of health benefits for dogs as for humans. Unfortunately, a lot of the herbal teas we drink contain a mixture of ingredients, some of which are safe for dogs and some are not. Therefore it is best to opt for a product designed with dogs in mind that is approved by veterinarians for this purpose.
California Tea House’s Machu’s Blend Tea for Dogs
This product was developed following research into herbal treatments for some of the most common dog ailments: bloat, car sickness and gas. In consultation with veterinarians, Machu’s Blend tea for dogs has been designed to be a once-a-day herbal tea.
Ingredients: Chamomile, Ginger Root, Fennel Seed, Skullcap and Calendula
- Chamomile is a safe mild sedative that helps relieve anxiety in dogs and promotes a healthy disposition.
- Ginger Root is a natural anti-emetic for dogs that helps prevent upset stomachs and is used to prevent bloat.
- Fennel Seed helps the dog’s digestive system that eases the stomach and serves as natural gas relief.
- Skullcap helps with a dog’s nervous system, relieves stress and helps prevent epilepsy and seizures.
- Calendula is soothing to the digestive system and helps prevent ulcers and gas in dogs.
As well as treating the above conditions, it also promotes healthy skin and a glossy coat, lowers anxiety and stress, and aids the digestion of food. It is particularly useful for preventing dog car sickness and the vendor guarantees it will work for this purpose
Using Machu’s Blend
Use 1/2 teaspoon for each cup of water. Steep for one to two minutes in just under boiling water, then allow the tea to completely cool or even add ice before serving.
My experience with Machu’s Blend
My American Bulldog, Spike, is a large (37kg) dog who has a rather delicate stomach. The slightest alteration to his diet or, at this time of year, an apple he finds in the garden is enough to make his stomach gurgle, makes him grumble in discomfort, and gives him unpleasant gas. Since discovering Machu’s Blend these problems have become a thing of the past and hw now has breakfast with tea every day. How civilized!
Some other reviews on the website say
This tea is genius! My Siberian Husky, Steven, loves it so much that he always asks for more. He absolutely has no problem riding the car anymore and I am really happy with the results. I can see him getting better than before. I would highly recommend this to my friends and to Steven’s playmates. – Liam T
Great buy for my Labrador – Kean. She’s expecting some pups soon and I do hope this could help her with nursing, her health and all. So far, she’s all well and that’s all that matters. Thank you guys for this tea. I’m happy with the results. – Jeremy S
Buying Machu’s Blend
This tea is available exclusively from California Tea House. Currently, it is $5 (£4) for half an ounce which is enough for 12 to 15 servings.
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