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Can Dogs Drink Tea?

Can dogs drink tea?

Although it is not recommended to let your dog drink tea due to its content in caffeine, which is toxic to dogs, holistic veterinarians can advise on tea mixtures and offer some ideas.

can dogs drink tea

If your dog eats or drinks a large quantity of tea accidentally here are some clinical signs he may present:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Vomiting
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypertension
  • Arrhythmias
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Seizures and collapse

Caffeine free teas are safe for dogs in small amounts or for topic use.

You can serve herbal tea plain, sweetened with raw honey, or drizzled over your dog’s favorite fresh fruit.

However, there are some dogs that can experience belly ache even after drinking small amounts of tea.


Dogs should never drink hot tea. Consuming a hot liquid can seriously injure dog’s gastrointestinal systems.

Here are some teas that are believed to be safe for dogs:

  • Chamomile Tea: calm problems like indigestion, vomiting, and gas
  • Echinacea Tea: boosts immune system
  • Ginger Tea: ginger can soothe digestive system
  • Licorice Root Tea: acts as an anti-inflammatory agent for joints and sinus passages
  • Rooibos Tea: it is recognized as an immune booster, an anti-inflammatory agent, and a source of powerful antioxidants

Remember to get your veterinarian approval before offer you dog tea.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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