Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on our sister blog. Information presented here has not been verified. Please consult your veterinarian.
It’s only natural to want to share something as awesome as green tea with your best friend. However, if your best friend happens to be your dog, sharing your stash of green tea with it may not be the best idea, at least not if you want your pet to live a long, happy and healthy life.
Like it or not, your dog’s health needs don’t include green tea. Even when it has been decaffeinated, green tea still contains some caffeine, and caffeine in any amount is not good for your dog.
Green tea can also cause minor stomach pains if ingested by your dog, and the caffeine will probably cause some level of hyperactivity. Another problem you could run into when giving your dog tea is the fact that many teas are blended with herbs, which affect dogs far differently than they affect humans.
While there are several dog food varieties offered on the market today that include green tea, they generally only contain trace amounts and make no health claims at all. It makes you wonder if the manufacturer is simply responding to the population at large wanting to afford all of their health advantages to their dogs. In the end, it’s probably just clever marketing, because the trace amounts of green tea found in the dog food will not hurt your pet, but they will not really do any good either.
So, if you want to enjoy a little treat with your dog, order up a couple of burgers instead of brewing up a couple of cups of green tea.