10 Healthy Herbs to Boost Your Dog's Diet

February 23, 2021

10 Healthy Herbs to Boost Your Dog's Diet

As dog moms and dads, we want the very best for our beloved fur buddies. One way you can help your dog is to incorporate some healthy herbs into their diet. Just as herbs can help humans in a variety of ways, different herbs can help dogs in areas such as ease stomachaches, promote a healthier liver, and so forth. So what kinds of herbs are safe and good for your dog? Here are 10.


1. Basil

Aside from it's amazing smell, this herb is known for its antibacterial properties. It can also help reduce pain and inflammation as well as protect the liver. This herb potentially can be helpful in reducing inflammation for dogs that suffer from joint pain or arthritis.


2. Cannabidiol

Also known as CBD is extracted from marijuana or hemp plants. It does not contain the psychoactive elements that make you feel high. This herb can help your dog relax as well as help ease pain, reduce inflammation, and more.


3. Coriander

This herb helps detoxify your dog's body and can help alleviate nausea, gas, and diarrhea. However, this herb can also stimulate uterine contractions, so if your dog is pregnant, avoid giving this herb.


4. Cinnamon

This herb is another anti-inflammatory herb that can also help protect against heart disease. It can also help regular the blood sugar in your dog and possibly lower the risk of dog dementia.


5. Dill

This herb can help improve your dog's digestion and relieve diarrhea. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-baterial. However, similar to coriander, dill can be dangerous for pregnant dogs and may caue miscarriage, so avoid feeding this herb to your dog if she's pregnant.


6. Fennel Seed

Fennel seed can help soothe your dog's upset stomach, reduce gas, and treat diarrhea or relieve constipation. You can feed up to a teaspoon of this seed to your dogs or you can brew it into a tea and add some to your dogs water once it cools down. You can use about a teaspoon of seeds per 8 oz of water. About 2-4 tablespoons of this tea per 20 lbs. of your dog's weight. You don't want to over do it as fennel seed can cause heart palpitation and difficulty breathing. You can check with your veterinarian as well to make sure the right amount for your dog.


7. Ginger

Ginger can help ease nausea and upset tummies. It can also help regulate sugar and help reduce joint paint caused by arthritis.


8. Milk Thistle

Thought this herb was only good for humans? This herb can also help improve your dog's liver function and protect it against liver damage. However, make sure to check in with your veterinarian to make sure this herb won't interfere with any of your dog's other medications.


9. Parsley

This herb can be chopped and added to your dog's meals to help improve their digestion. If they've got a stinky breath, this herb can also help fight it. This healthy herb is also great in prevent urinary tract infections.


10. Turmeric

This healthy herb can help support your dog's liver, improve their brain function, and also reduce joint pain symptoms. The recommended dosage for dogs depends on their size. About 1/4 tsp for small dogs, 1/2 tsp for medium dogs, and 1 tsp for large dogs mixed with their meals. However, check with your vet if your dog is on other medication prior to including this herb into their diet.


In Conclusion

There are many more healthy herbs out there that can help improve your dog's overall wellbeing. However, it is always important to check with your vet as some of these herbs may interfere with other medications that your dog is taking. There are also many great supplements, such as Petaxin Calm + Comfort Aid and Petaxin Hip + Joint Support that incorporate some of these healthy herbs mentioned above into their soft chews in safe dosages, specifically targeted to help improve our beloved fur buddies wellbeing. If you like many, find it a bit confusing figuring out just how much of these healthy herbs you should give to your dog, you can also consider supplements as another viable option! Regardless of what you decide, we hope that your dog can continue to live a long and healthy life.

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