Mar 29, 2015

Tea for Dogs

YES!  You read that right!  
Fido can benefit from tea! 

Yes, dogs can benefit from Rooibos tea. Rooibos has long been known for it’s healthful properties. This indigenous tea from South Africa has many health benefits for both dogs and humans. Growing evidence supports that Rooibos can reduce cancer, cancer tumors, heart disease and many ailments linked to heart disease, as well as being able to slow down the aging process in our dogs..

Benefits of Rooibos Tea for Dogs

 Ever heard of Rooibos tea? Rooibos, aka "Red Bush", is an herbal plant from South Africa. The leaves are dried and used to make tea. It seems that many people like the taste of the tea, as well as the numerous health benefits it gives.

Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is rich in vitamin C and various minerals (such as calcium, copper, fluoride, potassium, magnesium, iron, and more). It also contains bioflavonoid and quercetin.

The tea has been found to be anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. It can strengthen the heart and circulatory system, enhance the immune system, and since it is a powerful antioxidant, it can also prevent cancer and slow down the aging process. Moreover, it has a calming effect and can help fight anxiety.

If it can do so much wonders to people, by extension it can also benefit our dogs. Since the tea is caffeine-free, it doesn't harm to give it to our dogs as well!

Understanding The Benefits of Rooibos

Like many pet parents, we may be reluctant to try something new. Nonetheless, Rooibos is caffeine free and low in tannin. It also has no oxalic acid. The good news is that it’s not costly and can be found at your local market. Because this tea can play a significant role in Fido’s fight against disease, it’s definitely worth looking into.

Rooibos contains plenty of minerals, calcium, copper, fluoride, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc. It is also rich in minerals that are difficult to find-bioflavonoids and quercetin. This tea contains vitamin C and is plentiful in hydroxyl acids.(AHA)In addition to this, it packs in about 50% more antioxidants than green tea.

It is generally well tolerated by most dogs, and has been shown to have the following health benefits for dogs. Rooibos is an anti-allergenic tea and has properties that are allergy fighting. It is used to treat allergies and most skin related problems such as ‘hot spots’ in your dogs. It is also an anti-inflammatory and ant-mutagenic tea that promotes healthy circulation and good bone health in dogs. If your pooch suffers from an itch and has inflammation of the skin, Rooibos alleviates the discomfort and the inflammation.
Steeped Tea Power Berry Rooibos Tea

How Can Our Dogs Benefit from Rooibos Tea?

Since it is anti-inflammatory, it can be used to help dogs with skin problems resulting in itching and skin irritation. Dogs with allergies such as atopic dermatitis can benefit as well.

Older dogs can benefit from the tea's antioxidant and immune-boosting properties. It may help prevent certain cancer in dogs.

Finally, if your dog is suffering from anxiety or is easily excited, try using this tea to calm him/her down.

Read more and find recipes:
Naturally Healthy Dogs Ezine

The Smokey Dog: Rooibos Tea as Medicine
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer


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