Do you enjoy green tea? If so, you’re not alone! Many people enjoy the tea for its flavor and also appreciate the many health benefits green tea offers. Green tea is very popular, which means dogs can also have more access to this healthy drink.
It may happen that you’re making a cup of tea and are called away for a moment. While you’re gone, your fur baby may become curious about what you were drinking. He may even believe you should be sharing it with him! So, one way or another his curiosity may be aroused, causing him to drink the green tea. But what happens if a dog drinks green tea?
Has your dog drunk green tea? Are you worried the green tea will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this.
In this article, we’ve put together some information about green tea and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Green Tea?
Green tea is a beverage made from a tea plant called the Camellia sinensis. The leaves and leaf buds of this plant are used to produce different kinds of tea. Green tea is created by steaming and pan-frying the leaves, which dries them.
This tea is often prescribed for a wide range of health issues. For instance, green tea is sometimes used to treat genital warts. It can also be used to reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, and even prevent certain types of cancer.
Green tea contains polyphenols, which work to treat and prevent inflammation in the body. These compounds also treat various infections and reduce the growth of abnormal cells in the body. The tea also contains caffeine, which works as a stimulate to the mind and body.
But what does green tea do to dogs? Can dogs drink green tea?
Green Tea & Dogs
The good news is that a small amount of green tea seems to be safe for most dogs. And if you find green tea listed as an ingredient in your dog’s food or supplements, chances are the amount is very low. In that case, the tea will not hurt your fur baby.
However, the caffeine in green tea can cause toxicity if a dog drinks a large amount of the liquid.
Symptoms of Green Tea Toxicity in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has had a large amount of green tea:
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Elevated body temperature
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
It’s best not to wait to see if your fur baby’s symptoms will improve or worsen. Caffeine poisoning can cause death in dogs if not treated. So, be sure to call the vet right away. Your dog’s life may depend on it!