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Herbs That Are Good For Dogs

Canine cancer-fighting, breath-freshening, stomach-soothing herbs that are safe for dogs, and easy to grow in your self watering Patch Planter. These herbs are suitable to grow inside and outside. Please consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any herbs.
 
 
How to Use Herbs for Dogs
Using your Patch Planter grown herbs, start by adding a small sprinkle (a pinch for small dogs, a teaspoon for large dogs) of these herbs to your dog’s food is a safe way to give them a little boost in nutrition. You can also use them to make your favourite dog treat recipe a bit healthier and more flavourful. The flavonoids and antioxidants found in many of the herbs in this article can help the body’s immune system combat some of the diseases commonly associated with aging, including canine cognitive dysfunction, cancer, and reduced immune function. As noted, however, there are potential downsides and they should be used with care.

For maximum efficacy, make sure the herbs and spices you use are not old. Use fresh herbs. Their health-affirming properties will be diminished if they’ve been kicking around for a while.

Oregano
Oregano is high in antioxidants and flavonoids and is reported as an antimicrobial. This non-toxic herb has been used to help with digestive problems, diarrhea, and gas. Research using oil of oregano has also shown antifungal properties. Try Growing some Oregano in your Patch Planter. it is easy to grow and tastes amazing on Pizza!
 
Rosemary
This good-for-dogs herb is high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6. Rosemary has also been shown to act as an antioxidant. (Though rosemary is very high in iron, it is not to take the place of an iron supplement if one is needed as there is little data about how bioavailable the iron in rosemary is.)
 
Peppermint
This aromatic herb has historically been used to help soothe upset stomachs, reduce gas, reduce nausea, and help with travel sickness. In addition, research is being done which shows that it may have radioprotective effects and can be used to reduce radiation-induced sickness and mortality in animals undergoing chemotherapy. There is no reported toxicity for dogs although very high doses may result in liver or kidney problems. Mint is perfect to grow in your self-watering Patch Planter. (Also perfect for summertime Mojitos!)
 
Basil
This dog-approved leafy herb, well-known for its delicious role in pesto, has antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. The next time you’re cooking with fresh basil, sprinkle a pinch of the chopped herb atop your dog’s dinner.

Parsley
Another leafy herb commonly seen as a garnish on our plates is a source of flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It also contains lycopene and carotenes. Often added to dog treats as a breath freshener or used to soothe the stomach, parsley has a long history of use with dogs.

Note: “Spring parsley,” a member of the carrot family that resembles parsley is toxic to dogs and cats due to high levels of furanocoumerin which can cause photosensitisation and ocular toxicity.

This Blog was adopted from Modern Dog Magazine