can dogs have tea

can dogs have tea

Can Dogs Have Tea?

Tea is a popular beverage enjoyed by many around the world, but can our beloved four-legged friends have any? The answer is both yes, and no.

Tea Containing Caffeine

It is not safe for a dog to consume any tea containing caffeine, since it is a stimulant that can cause adverse health effects. Some of the side-effects of caffeine for a dog can include:

  • Nervousness and restlessness
  • Learning and concentration impairment
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle twitching
  • Incoordination

If you think your dog has ingested any tea containing caffeine, it is best to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Caffeine-Free Tea

In contrast with tea containing caffeine, caffeine-free tea is generally considered safe for a dog to consume. Of course, if consumed in large amounts, the various herbs and spices used to make tea can be harmful to a dog.

Assuming the tea is made with just water, it can be safe for a dog to consume, however it is still important to check with your vet beforehand.


In summary, it is generally not safe for a dog to consume any tea containing caffeine. Caffeine-free tea, however, can generally be safe provided it is made only with water. Although it is important to check with your vet before giving your dog any tea.


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