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Published: Aug 24, 2012

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, behind water. In addition to enjoying the flavor, many humans regularly drink tea to improve their health. After all, studies have shown tea provides many health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and preventing cancer.

But does it have the same benefits for dogs? While clinical studies are limited, many pet health experts believe the substance can assist in the prevention or treatment of several different types of cancer in dogs.

This may be important for many pet owners, as the incidence of canine cancer is becoming more popular. According to WebMD Pets, half of all dogs over the age of 10 develop cancers such as lymphoma, breast cancer, bone cancer or skin cancer.

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, although tea supplements are rarely used on their own to treat cancer, they are commonly combined with other treatments as part of an integrated approach to cancer management.

Individuals who have a dog with cancer should consult with a veterinarian to discuss the best treatment options. Tea may also be beneficial for other less serious ailments. WebMD reports that chamomile tea may help ease your dog's upset stomach. In addition, it can alleviate minor skin irritations by being sprayed directly onto the animal's skin.

Although a prescription is not needed in order to obtain a tea supplement, it is important for owners to speak to their veterinarian about the suitability of using tea in their pet as minor gastrointestinal issues can be associated with tea ingestion.  A decaffeinated tea is always recommended in order to avoid problems from caffeine toxicity.