If caffeine is poisonous to dogs… is it worth the risk?
Caffeine is a substance that can be found in the tea plant which stimulates the central nervous system. It has been suggested that the caffeine protects plants against insects by overstimulating them. Caffeine is popularly consumed every day to help keep us alert and feeling less tired.
It is definitely debatable as to whether a dog would appreciate this boost. Even if they did, it is generally advised not to let your dog have caffeine as it could end up with a trip to the vet.
On top of this, the tannins found in tea were initially found to be anti-nutritional. Similar to caffeine, they also protect the plant against predators by acting as a binder. Tannins have been found to cause iron deficiency in humans by binding to the iron from plant-based foods. In dogs, consuming large volumes of tannins can also lead to liver toxicity and gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhoea.
This is why it is important to stick by the rule of allowing your dog to only drink tea in moderation. Decaffeinated tea is also widely available, however bear in mind that they can still contain traces of caffeine.
ECHINACEA TEA (Also known as Purple Coneflower)
I’m sure you’re very familiar with this one! We’ve all been using it for years to help our immune systems by giving it a healthy boost. Well, it’s no surprise that our pets can benefit from the same thing. We can offer them some nice Echinacea tea to help them naturally fight viruses and bacteria. Echinacea helps to speed up the rate that white blood cells attack possible nasty bacteria in the blood. It also energizes the lymphatic system, so that toxins are eliminated along with other waste products.More info. on Echinacea here (just click)
LEMONGRASS (CYMBOPOGONCITRATUS) TEA
Full of antioxidants to help flush out free radicals, and packed with minerals and vitamins to help boost the immune system.
Helps in cooling off your body (yes, your pet’s too) by getting you to sweat a little. It might also help with warding off pests and insects.
Lemongrass tea has been a very important part of Indian and traditional Asian medicine for ages to alleviate nausea, stomach aches, and even helping with inflammation. Luckily, we in the Western part of the world are now well aware of its benefits as well.
Your sweet, furry family member will surely benefit from a small amount of this delicious tea.