Spices and Herbs That Are Safe For Dogs

Onion and garlic are just among the several spices that are NOT safe for dogs. However, there are several herbs and spices that can be given to dogs and which can often benefit them. Here are some of them:


Ginger has been used in humans to soothe an upset stomach; this can also be used in dogs to alleviate signs of digestive upsets. This aromatic herb also has anti-cancer properties. 


Basil possesses anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. It has been shown to help relieve pain symptoms caused by arthritis because it is rich in beta-carophyllene. The herb is also an antidepressant, stress reliever, and can be used to help relieve anxiety in dogs. 


Rosemary contains high amounts of vitamin B6, iron, and calcium. It is a rich antioxidant and its essential oil is often added to natural dog food products as a natural preservative. 


Parsley is rich in essential nutrients including flavonoids, lycopene, carotenes, antioxidants, and vitamins. It can help get rid of foul-smelling breath and can also alleviate signs of stomach upsets. Parsley is different from Spring Parsley which is toxic for cats and dogs. 

Consult your Oshawa, ON veterinarian for nutritional advice, especially if you notice any changes in your pet's health.

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