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Can tea help keep my dog healthy?

Published: Aug 24, 2012

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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. 


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.