Green Tea may benefit pets as much as it is believed to benefit humans. It can be used as a supplement for healthy dogs, cats, horses, and even aquarium fish. Green Tea is readily available, but it’s very important to be sure it’s of high quality and organic if you want maximum benefits for yourself and your pets.
How Green Tea May Help Pets
- Anticarcinogenic, antibiotic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
- 300-400 milligrams of Polyphenols (Catechins) per cup – Epigallocatechin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), epicatechin, & epicatechin gallate.
- May prevent pancreatic, colon & stomach cancer.
- Protects the heart and maintains white blood cell count during radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
- Reduces cholesterol & triglycerides
- Prevents clumping of platelets
- Boosts the immune system
- May lower blood sugar in adult pets
- Protects the kidneys
- Protects the liver
- Polyphenols may help arthritis
- May sooth and treat gum inflammation, ulcers or gingivitis.
- Internal “sunscreen”
- Externally for skin conditions and “hot spots”.
- Cold green tea can be used to clean ears.
But Will Pets Eat It?
Stir a little diluted Green Tea into wet food and any pet should eat it. You can substitute Green Tea for water in any pet food or treat recipe. Also try feeding it cold in a bowl, some pets will lap it right up!
Notes of Caution:
Is Green Tea safe for pets like dogs, cats, horses and fish? It’s packed with nothing but benefits for most pets, but there are some exceptions.
- Always consult a veterinarian before adding natural supplements to your pet’s diet.
- For adult pets only.
- Green Tea contains caffeine (albeit less than black tea), so don’t overdo it. Brewing in cold water reduces caffeine.
- Do not give Green Tea to pets taking MAO inhibitors.
- Should be avoided or very carefully monitored for pets taking anticoagulants.
- Green Tea should not be given to pets with elevated potassium levels.
- Green Tea extract is easy to overdose and may cause liver damage. Use only lightly-brewed tea for pets.
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