Safe Herbs and Spices for Dogs

safe herbs and spices for dogs - english bulldog puppies in chef hatsAre you one of those dog parents who love to make treats for your pup? Or maybe you make all their meals for them, including a multi-course Thanksgiving meal?

In fact, you’re probably keeping a running mental list of all the foods that are safe for dogs to eat. You may even keep track of which foods are especially good for various aspects of doggie health – and which ones are lethal.

But what about herbs and spices?

It’s important to know, especially if you’re a puppy parent who likes to leave leftovers for your dog to eat.

Just in case, here are some tips on safe seasonings:

Safe Herbs and Spices for Dogs

Not only do herbs and spices improve human health, but also dogs’. If used properly, herbs and spices can enhance pretty much any aspect of canine health.

Since dogs have different body chemistry than we do, these foods do not always act in canine bodies the same way. That’s why you have to be careful.

Here are some of the best herbs and spices for dogs:

1. Green Tea

Green tea is just as great for dogs as it is for humans. It’s a strong antioxidant. It also contains a chemical compound that can calm your pup. Just make sure to buy decaf! Caffeine can cause bad reactions in dogs.

2. Parsley

Parsley can be safe for your dog, but it’s important to pay attention to the type. Curly parsley is the only type that is considered safe for dogs in small amounts. Other types of parsley, such as spring parsley, Italian parsley, and flat-leaf parsley, have toxins that are not safe for dogs to ingest, and consuming them can cause serious health issues in your dog.

As long as it’s curly parsley, it’s fine to sprinkle a little bit in your dog’s dinner. Parsley helps rid toxins, enhances organ function, and provides nutrition. It can also help eliminate bad breath! Just make sure you’re giving your dog the right kind of parsley, introduce it slowly if it’s new for your dog, and don’t give them too much. A good rule of thumb is to stick to only one tablespoon or less for every twenty pounds of body weight.

3. Ginger

Ginger is great for dogs because it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It also aids digestion by improving food absorption. It can boost circulation, reduce nausea, and be eaten chopped or ground.

4. Oregano

Oregano has many health benefits for dogs in moderation. It’s high in flavonoids and antioxidants as well as being antimicrobial. It can help with digestive issues like diarrhea and gas. However, every dog is different and it can cause digestive discomfort instead in some dogs. Also, a little bit goes a long way. Too much oregano can cause intense digestive disruption, including vomiting and diarrhea.

5. Rosemary

Rosemary supplies a dog with calcium, iron, and vitamin B6. It is also an antioxidant. Fresh or dried, it is safe for dogs to consume in small amounts.

Herbs and Spices Harmful to Dogs

There are plenty of herbs and spices out there that are great for your dog. There are also several that can be harmful. Beware of these herbs and spices that may harm your pup:

  • Just as dogs should not eat chocolate, cocoa is a no-no for them
  • Dogs should also not eat garlic, as it can be toxic
  • Tea tree oil is not good for them
  • Neither is salt, pennyroyal, pepper, or paprika
  • Nutmeg, mace, and wormwood are harmful as well
  • Onion, cinnamon, turmeric, and comfrey are also a definite no for dogs

There are so many herbs and spices in the world that it’s tough to list them all. If you are in doubt about your pup’s safety, it’s a good idea to call up your vet and ask.