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Boost Your Dog’s Diet: 8 Healthy Herbs for Dogs

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When you own a dog, you have heavy responsibilities on your shoulders. You do not only have to provide for them, train them, but also keep a check if they’re in their best shape. They’re your loyal fur buddies, after all. Aren’t they? You ought to cater to them with the best possible! So, here we have listed a few healthy herbs for your dogs. These can help fix their gastrointestinal issues and help them stay in the best of health at all times. 

Dandelions

Dandelion may not be a herb, to begin with, but it sure is a very beneficial plant. For dogs, it helps with digestion and uniform liver function. It comes loaded with:

four yellow-petaled dandelion flowers

     Potassium

  •       Manganese
  •       Zinc
  •       Calcium
  •       Vitamin A, B, C , D, and K

You can include about two to three pinches of fresh and dried dandelion roots in your dog’s food. Ensure that you mix it well. 

Parsley

Parsley plants are easy to plant and maintain. These are the decorative plants we use for most dishes. 

In terms of garden needs, parsley needs a bit of space. They grow about 12-15 inches tall and require spacing of about 15-18 inches between them. Plus, they cannot exist in the dim sunlight. They require partial to full sunlight shining brightly upon them.

It offers anti-inflammatory properties and prevents any harmful bacteria or particles from entering your dog’s mouth. It’s particularly recommendable for arthritic dogs. Its unique aspect is its antiseptic properties. It fights infections in the urinary tract. And you can also use these as poultice if your dog encounters bee stings.

Turmeric

Turmeric is that yellow-orange powder, which we use for most of our curries. Its taste ranges from lower limits of sweetness and bitterness.

The powder and its plant boosts immunity and brings about a lustrous coat and skin. It also helps dogs cater to mobility issues, such as osteoarthritis. It contributes to higher energy levels and improves the athletic performance of your dog.

powder in spoon on black surface

Ideally, you should give your dog about 15-20 milligrams of turmeric powder for every 10 pounds in its body. Note that some dogs might be sensitive to turmeric. It may cause stomach problems and constipation issues in a few canines.

Sage

Sage is an aromatic herb you might’ve often used to flavor your tea. It is a culinary herb that’s rich in:

  •       Zinc
  •       Phosphorous
  •       Magnesium
  •       Calcium
  •       Vitamin A, E, K

These nutrients help maintain the optimal health of your dog and maintain strong immunity. It also helps tackle seasonal allergies.

Basil

Basil offers protection against fungus and microbes. It possesses anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Its anti-inflammatory nature.

top view photo of green leafed plants in pots

It can help deal with the arthritis and anxiety of your dog. Plus, it immunizes your dog on a cellular level and also helps avoid cancer.

You can include small quantities of basil in your dog’s diet by crushing the leaves and sprinkling them over in their food dish. 

Thyme

A thyme is an excellent option for those who cannot be extravagant with their gardens due to limited space. You can easily plant this nutritious herb indoors. 

Thyme is not only a rich source of vitamins, minerals but also thymol. It is a powerful oral antiseptic that refreshes your dog’s breath and helps fight oral diseases. 

Rosemary

If there’s a plant that your dog should nibble on, even when they appear perfectly healthy, then it’s rosemary. It serves as a natural flea repellant. Moreover, the plant serves as a booster for their energy levels. It can help improve both mood and memory.

If your dog doesn’t munch enough on rosemary, feel free to bake or prepare homemade dog biscuits or homemade dog treats.

Oregano

Like Basil, Oregano also offers anti-fungal properties. It inhibits the growth of any external harmful particles, such as bacteria. Thus, oregano oil is an excellent choice to clean open wounds and kill bacteria accumulating upon them.

Oregano has a rich fiber content. So, it helps with digestive issues as well. If you manage to have your dog drink the teas made from oregano, you can also help them soothe sore muscles as well as troubling stomach muscles. 

Healthier Alternatives

If you live in a place without a garden, such as an apartment, or if the weather of your locality does not support the growth of any of these herbs, then you need not worry. We have an alternative for you too!

person holding white and brown long coated small dog

Instead of herbs, you can depend on CBD pet treats to cure your dog’s issues and keep them healthy. CBD pet treats come in all forms, be it crackers or gummies.

These get manufactured from Cannabidiol, which comes from the Hemp or cannabis plant. The most amazing part is that this is an all-in-one solution for all potential issues. CBD pet chews and treats can help your furry pals stay safe from life-threatening diseases like cancer. It treats seizures and epilepsy. It even relieves pain and anxiety. 

Final Words

Remember, your dogs may be your best friends, but nature is their best friend. It knows them better than you do. It knows them thoroughly without conditions and ifs. 

So, trust it to look into issues that are beyond your comprehension. Provide your little furry pal with a green garden of its own. So, it can cater to its needs instantly and conveniently.

Also, in case you notice, nothing’s helping never delay your visit to the vet. Take your dog immediately to a good veterinarian if it shows signs of an unhealthy stomach for extended days (such as diarrhea, vomiting, etc.). Take care!

​​About the Author: Shawn Mack is an experienced content writer who offers ghostwriting, copy-writing, and blogging services. His educational background in the business and technical fields has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He is also fond of writing interesting articles on technology & digital marketing-related topics.

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