You might be thinking, “Give my dog tea? Have you lost your mind?” No, I haven’t lost my mind. Brewing certain types of teas in the correct amounts has been shown to help reduce anxiety in dogs. And, as you probably know very well, a relaxed dog makes for a more relaxed human.
Giving tea or herbs to dogs is not a new thing or the “hot trend” right now. Natural remedies for animals have been around for generations. Many of the herbs we use for natural remedies can also be used for dogs. It’s just not always the first suggestion a professional will give you for relieving your dog’s anxiety and stress. There are a number of reasons for this:
- Many times there are other issues contributing to your dog’s stress that will relieve the issue faster.
- Dogs should only be given specific types of non-caffeinated teas to consume.
- Caffeine can be extremely toxic for dogs, so they should never be given caffeinated beverages.
- Herbs and Teas are administered to animals differently than humans because they are much more sensitive to the effects of these herbs than we are.
- There are several other human herbs and foods that can be toxic or fatal to dogs and other animals.
Unfortunately, giving your dog tea isn’t as simple as brewing a pot and filling up a cup for your pup. Seriously though, don’t ever give your dog any hot liquids as this can cause serious injury to your dog. You will need to use some measuring skills, some discretion, and some patience for this natural remedy. If you do decide that you want to give brewing tea for your dog a try, we have outlined some guidelines below. Remember, we always recommend consulting with a professional before you introduce anything new to your dog’s diet.
How do I make tea for my dog?
There are specific guidelines to administering herbs to your pets. I have included a few teas below with specific instructions on brewing and giving them to your dog. Generally speaking, you should:
- Use 2 tablespoons of herbs for every 16 ounces of water.
- Mix the two together in a pot, then cover and simmer, but do not boil the water.
- Take the mixture off of the heat, then let it sit for four hours in the refrigerator.
- Don’t strain the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a jar, and cover the jar with a paper towel and rubber band—it is best to allow air to flow through, so do not use wax paper or a tight lid.
The average dose of an herbal mixture for a pet is two to three teaspoons for a 30 lb. animal. Dogs under 20 pounds should be ingesting less than a teaspoon. Adjust the dose depending on your pet’s weight. You should consult with a veterinarian before adding anything new to your dog’s diet, but especially if you have a smaller dog and would like to supplement their diet with an herbal remedy. You can give your dog the tea using a plastic dropper, mixing it into their water, or pouring it over food.
What kind of teas can my dog have?
There are a number of different companies that are offering herbal teas made specifically for dogs. I won’t go into those in this article, but I will offer a few types of human teas that your dog can enjoy. As we stated above, dogs cannot consume caffeine. You will want to make sure that if you are getting tea leaves or tea bags from the grocery store the tea is caffeine-free.
Chamomile Tea is the most recommended type of tea to give to dogs. It not only can help with stress, but it can also help promote better sleep and is occasionally used as a digestive aid. To brew and serve this:
- Use the tea form of this herb.
- Follow the general instructions above for brewing.
- When giving to your dog you can mix a couple teaspoons, depending on their weight, with their water.
- If you are trying to relieve an upset stomach, you can use a dropper to squirt one milliliter, or ¼ tsp., per 30 lbs of weight every two to three hours. For dogs under 30 lbs, consult a veterinarian before trying this remedy.
Ginger Tea can also be given to your dogs in small amounts. This can be especially helpful to soothe a dog’s digestive system. To brew and serve this:
- Boil a few thin slices of ginger root in a cup of water.
- Steep for five minutes.
- Add ice to the mixture, and make sure the tea cools completely.
- Serve a small portion to settle an upset stomach. However, be sparing in the amounts you give. Don’t use any more than a couple teaspoons mixed in with their water. Too much can have a reverse effect on your dog’s stomach pain.
Caffeine-Free Green Tea has been said to be safe for dogs. However, you will want to be very careful making sure that it is caffeine-free. Even naturally decaffeinated teas can have trace amounts of caffeine. In my opinion, this is not worth the risk.
There are other various recommended herbal teas out there that claim to provide different benefits for your dog. My recommendation is to do thorough research on any claim you read that might help your dog. Again, you should also consult with a professional before adding anything new to your dog’s diet. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us here at DogBoy’s.
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