Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tea for Dogs?

I have started drinking green tea lately. I'll be honest. I don't think it tastes very good. I would much prefer to drink Dr. Pepper, but Dr. Pepper is not healthy. I am also just not a water drinker, so tea has been a good way to get me drink more water. After learning about the healthy properties of green tea, I started thinking that green tea might be good for dogs too.

I have always heard that alfalfa is an excellent clean source of vitamins and powdered alfalfa is one of the few supplements I "sometimes" add to the raw food diet. Well, I found an alfalfa tea and not surprisingly, it tastes a little like hay. I also found a tea made from Rooibos Leaf that is high in anti-oxidants and also caffeine free.

I have been creating a mixture of 50% tea and 50% water and so far my greyhounds have found it to be very drinkable. Allie and Reagan seem to like it especially and have to be chased away from the punch bowl once they have had more than enough.

13 comments:

Snobound said...

I agree with you - green tea isn't very tasty. Especially compared to Dr. Pepper (Diet for me). I'm not surprised the dogs like it though - they eat things that probably shouldn't be consumed! :^) At least mine do...

BrittBeah said...

Humm....

Jen S. said...

OK, so I heard this anecdote years ago about an old lady who had kept this old bird forever, and she took it to the vet one day, and the vet was astounded at the great health of this very, very old bird, and the vet asked the lady about the things she did for the bird. One of those things was that she gave it green tea every day. :) Ever since then, I've thought to give my animals green tea, but I haven't gone through with it yet. I'm glad you're testing it out for us!

FWIW, I like green tea. I get a kind that's loaded with antioxidants. It comes in "purple antioxidants" and "red antioxidants". I like the purple.

KF-in-Georgia said...

If a beverage doesn't fizz and have caffeine, I probably won't drink it. (Hello, Diet Coke!) But it's amazing what I'll make for the dogs, so I might give this a try.

P.S. I tried green tea a couple of times. "I don't think it tastes very good" is much kinder than I would have phrased it.

Barb said...

Most of the time when I drink green tea, it's a matter of just getting it down because I know it's good for me. But when I'm sick, or coming down with something, I find that I almost crave it... and then I want to drink it hot even though normally I prefer it iced.

I've never thought of feeding it to the dogs though. Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try!

Ridlon Tails said...

I guess I am an odd ball. I love green tea and drink it daily. I perfer mine hot. =) Then again, I have never been a soda girl. In fact we never have it in the house. We only have water, V8, Cranberry juice, milk, beer and wine! I have never given Tea to the hounds, but the logic makes perfect sense. ;-)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

That's an interesting story about the bird. It inspires me to continue. I sure wish I wasn't a soda girl, but I am :-(. It is amazing what we do for our dogs and not ourselves. Almost everything my dogs eat has some healthy value to it.... but me with my free will.... only a fraction of what I consume would be considered healthy.

Jen

gyeong said...

I think I will try green tea with my kids. I'm sure they could use extra antioxidants. It might even help their breath :)

Anonymous said...

I love green tea and drink it all the time. Just recently, a behaviorist we are working with told me about a natural supplement that is extracted from green tea called L-theanine. There's been lots of studies done on it - it increases alpha brain waves, increases relaxation and decreases tension. It's not a sedative, and it's not addictive. She told me to get the vet formulation of this, called Telizen (by Virbac), and try it on my dog's issues. After 1.5 weeks, the results are amazing. He's much more receptive to training, and his bully episodes have decreased so much, with most dogs now he's fine. (I posted earlier asking about training for a dogs who can be a bully). We are keeping up with the training, and I've increased exercise a lot too. But the Telizen is definitely getting us on the right path. He gets 100 mg twice a day (he is a rescued spanish galgo, weighs 32 kg). There is about 20 mg of L-theanine in each cup of green tea, for reference. :)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Very interesting Anonymous!

Jen

Christine said...

Hi, I'm a real newbie, I was rescued by my first greyhound just this Saturday..I drink green tea and know about the benefits..thinking, well, it might be a good thing for my girl..now I'm a bit confused, because one of the things green tea does is helping us humans to a higher metabolism and loss of body fat..now I think this is the last thing I want for 9year old Tahlia.. I know this post is a bit older so I thought, you might have a bit of experience with the tea by now and can help me..

Thanks

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Christine, I think the weight loss is wishful thinking. It certainly doesn't work for me. :-) I have not issues with it in the greyhounds either.

Christine said...

Great..Thank you!! 😊