Usually, when our dogs get sick or have a health issue, we rush to the vet and give medication to treat the issue. But the treatment will only last so long and the condition will most likely come back. Why use a temporary fix instead of using methods of prevention? Did you know that just a pinch of herbs in your dog’s food can provide tons of healing and therapeutic power?
Herbs that are safe for dogs:
Basil: Has antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Chamomile: Soothes intestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome, promotes healthier sleep, has calming capabilities.
Oregano: Treats upper respiratory infections, tick borne illness, and arthritis.
Parsley: Helps with digestion, aids in disease prevention, works to detoxify the body and urinary system.
Peppermint: Freshens breath, reduces gas, helps with motion sickness and nausea.
Rosemary: High in iron and has antioxidant properties.
When giving herbs to your dog start off with a pinch sprinkled over your dog’s food. Fresh herbs are preferred, but dried herbs are acceptable to give to your dogs as well.
Dogs under 20 lbs: 1 pinch daily
Dogs 20-50 lbs: up to 1 teaspoon daily
Dogs 50-100 lbs: up to 2 teaspoons daily
Dogs over 100 lbs: up to 1 tablespoon daily
Be sure to talk to your veterinarian before giving herbs to your dog. Although herbs have wonderful healing properties, too much of any herb can cause toxicity and illness.