Not typically. Green tea is added to some dog foods because it contains anti-oxidants, it can aid with digestive health, and it promotes fresher breath. Green tea can also help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. But natural green tea does contain caffeine, a stimulant dogs should avoid.
A small amount of green tea won’t harm your dog, and if your dog’s food does contain green tea, it’s likely to contain a very conservative amount. But green tea isn’t a beverage your dog needs. Water is all the fluid your dog requires to stay hydrated.
Symptoms to Watch For
If your dog has consumed too much caffeine, be on the lookout for these warning signs. Caffeine toxicity in pets is very serious. Be sure to contact your vet if your dog has consumed caffeine in any quantity larger than a teaspoon or so.
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Elevated body temperature
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.