Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

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Green tea. Source Wikipedia

Moving on to the letter G in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Green Tea for dogs.

 

What is Green Tea?

Green tea is made from the leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis. Unlike black tea, green tea leaves have undergone minimal oxidation during processing, and hence contain higher levels of anti-oxidants.

 

Common names for Green Tea

Common names for green tea include green tea extract and Chinese tea.

 

Why is Green Tea in dog food?

Green tea is used as an anti-oxidant, flavor enhancer, and to promote fresher breath.

 

Is Green Tea a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Green tea is becoming a more popular ingredient in pet foods. It is present in almost 5 % of all dog foods. However, only about 1.5 % of dog foods use a decaffeinated form of green tea which might be safer (see below).

 

Common benefits or risks of Green Tea

Green tea is often used by herbalists for stomach problems, to reduce cholesterol levels, tooth decay, and blood pressure. It is used as a supplement for dogs to help keep breath fresh and poops less smelly. Green tea is also suspected of helping to prevent cancer although those studies are mixed.

 

Because green tea contains caffeine, only very small quantities are considered safe for dogs. Decaffeinated green teas and extracts are obviously preferred to the regular ones containing caffeine.

 

Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

neutral slimdoggyGreen tea, in small doses, can provide some health benefits to dogs. To be safe with the caffeine risk, it should not be a primary ingredient (in the top 10) in the food’s recipe. We give green tea a neutral rating.

 

Miscellaneous facts about Green Tea

Green tea originated in China.

Many of the studies that support green tea’s efficacy in preventing cancer were done in vitro, which means that the tests were done in a ‘test tube’ or culture and not in vivo (in a living body). Often, in vitro results do not apply in vivo.

 

Sources and further reading

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/cancer-diet-dogs/19669

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2687403/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5463430_benefits-green-tea-dogs.html

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/green-tea

http://www.maturitas.org/article/S0378-5122%2812%2900270-8/abstract

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18 Comments

  1. Great information! Do you think it’s green tea what they use in some dental sticks, or is that “only” mint what gives a fresh breath?
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  2. Had no idea green tea was used in dog food. thanks for the information.
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  3. Thanks for the great information! Yea I would think the companies would use the decaffeinated green tea, could you imagine gman on caffeine?
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  4. Mom has a personal problem with green tea. She served it for years on the airplane flying to Asia and she says they called it swamp water as it always had an algae like to to it in the pots and cups. She could never bring herself to drink it, and would not want to serve it to us either. She is funny that way. Once it is in her head, it is pretty much over. Glad it isn’t something we really need.
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  5. We like tea but not a big fan of green tea (there’s a certain smell). Surprise to know it helps dog’s tooth decay. I’m a bit worried using it (even in small amount) because of the caffeine. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Golden Woofs
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  6. We would never have thought green tea would be in dog food. That’s interesting that it can help with tooth decay. I echo your concerns regarding the caffeine for dogs. Ma, on the other paw, loves green tea and prefers it over all others. Happy Tasty Tuesday!
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  7. I’ve tried very hard to develop a taste for green tea because of its health benefits. I drink way too much coffee. ♥
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  8. Interesting fact. The caffeine is something to consider.
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  9. So an ingredient from China that might be healthy. 😉 I like green tea but have not seen it as a dog food ingredient.
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  10. How interesting! I have never heard of green tea being used in dog food before. I have several products for myself that are infused with green tea, but I had no clue about the dog food.
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  11. Very interesting! You hear all the time about the benefits of green tea for people (and I start every workday with green tea), but I never really translated that to dogs.
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  12. I did not know they put that in dog food. I certainly hear a lot about how good it is for us humans, but I can’t drink tea myself. It’s a long story that goes back to my childhood, but I have never liked tea of any kind!
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  13. I have heard this first time, I knew green tea is good for health for humans but for dogs that’s quite surprising. I am not fully convinced with the idea as it might affect the pet health.

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