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Boost your dog's diet 8 healthy herbs for dogs

Boost your dog’s diet: 8 healthy herbs for dogs

For keeping yourself healthy, you may be using some herbs to prevent usual sickness. The part you may be unaware of is its beneficial effects on canines. Majorly, dog owners prefer customized food for dogs and believe them enough for their health. However, it is a misconception. Dogs require composed food as well.

According to seasons, you may choose to add various herbs to the regular diet of your dog. In the time of summer, you may add some parsley and basil to your dog food. Herbs not only improve your dog’s dietary system, but it has got some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Before giving any herb-related diet to your dog, always consult your vet first. The guidance of the pet is significant to choosing the ideal herb, which acts as a supplement. This supplement has some hidden content that is harmful to health.

Both types of herbs are available in abundance. Some are healthy, and others have side effects against your dogs. So, it is significant to know the details of the herbs before using them for your dog.

Let us discuss these wonder herbs in detail.

Turmeric 

The first on this list is turmeric. It has a lot of potent qualities to consider. Turmeric is used in Indian cuisine for ages as a flavored item. But many are not aware that it has got medicinal usage. It has some hidden content like the following:

    • antimicrobial,
    • anti-inflammatory, and
    • antioxidant.

It also increases bile flow and protects the stomach and liver. Thus, help treat health issues like maintaining stomach alignment, disinfecting the wound, detoxifying, even treating conditions like diarrhea and arthritis.

Generally, the dosage of turmeric prescribed by the vet is one eighth to one-fourth teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight. Consult your vet about the perfection of dosage and usage instructions for your dog. Turmeric also works as a blood thinner, so excess usage is adverse for your dog’s anticoagulation process.

Also, excess usage can develop some bad situations like iron deficiency, nausea, gallbladder issues, dizziness, constipation, bruising, and stomach upset. For dogs suffering from kidney stones, turmeric is not recommendable.

Parsley

For your dog’s diet, always remember to give curly parsley. It should be fine-grain in size. Parsley contains the toxic element furanocoumarin. Hence, excess usage or overdose can be harmful. The small amount of parsley becomes healthy for the dogs. Parsley is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and K.

Other benefits of parsley for dogs include -breath freshener and stomach soother. It works as a toxin remover from the kidney. However, it is not recommended for the dog suffering from kidney stones. The recommended dosage is half a teaspoonful per 10 pounds of body weight. 

Coriander

This leafy green herb contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. The essential minerals offer multiple health benefits, including thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folate, potassium, and zinc. The active compound inside this herb acts as an anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, antibiotic, and antifungal agent with various benefits.

It helps in controlling blood sugar levels and the absorption of calcium. The good news is that it is not a harmful herb for your dog. So, you can use it without any hesitation. The best dosage is one-sixteenth to one-fourth of a teaspoonful spattered on food.

Basil

It has the following properties beneficial for your dog- antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant. In addition to minerals, it contains elements such as vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and vitamin E. The presence of beta-caryophyllene makes it a useful anti-inflammatory herb. So, it has a good effect on arthritis and bowel inflammation.

A few other beneficial effects of basil are below:

  • It helps in the reduction of stress and anxiety. Thus, it is helpful for an anxious dog.
  • It helps in the immunization process in the cell to prevent cancer.

The dosage contains one eighth to one teaspoonful spattered with food.

Echinacea 

A few effects of this herb are as follows:

  • It provides relief to upper respiratory tract infections, common cold, and flu.
  • It improves the immunity of the body. Hence, it helps reduce any inflammation and itching. It comes in handy as a home remedy for health issues that arise due to weather changes.
  • It works well to cure urinary tract infections.

Dandelion 

Dandelion contains loads of essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, manganese, and zinc. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin D, and vitamin B. They prove to be effective in digestion and liver function.

If you use its leaves, you have to chop it well, and if you use its root, make it a fine course of powder. Use 2 to 3 times a week and mix it well with food. Otherwise, your dog can become sneezy.

Mint

Various types of mint plants are there. However, not all are known for their usage as medicine and aroma. It contains vitamins A and C. Also, it offers minerals such as calcium, copper, folate, iron, niacin, magnesium, manganese, riboflavin, zinc, phosphorus, fiber, and antioxidants.

They can reduce gas, relieve vomiting tendency, thus providing a soothing solution to indigestion issues. It has radio-protective capacity. It helps to reduce radiotherapy side effects in the case of a dog suffering from cancer. However, in GERD and hypoglycemia, it is not advisable to give mint to the dog.

Be cautious about its dosage. Better to consult your vet before giving this herb to the dog. The general dosage is unprocessed leaves – only half to one teaspoon per day; dried form – one eighth to one-fourth teaspoon per day.

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