If you like to keep healthy, you’re probably already familiar with some of the ways in which herbs and spices can be used to treat common maladies. What you may not know, however, is that many of these same herbs and spices can be beneficial for your dog. While it’s easy to merely buy your doggo mass-produced pet food and never think about what you feed the pup again, that’s a mistake. Dogs deserve a thoughtfully composed diet too! Sure, your dog will never become a foodie with refined tastes, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t deserve to benefit from some seasoning that will improve his health! To make determining your doggo’s diet a little easer, we’ve put together a list of top 10 spices and herbs that we give to our dogs, along with a list of benefits that come along with them. After this article, your pup is going to eat so well that they’ll never want to go back to regular pet food again! (Photo credit: Lilun/Bigstock)
Before You Give Your Dog Any Spices or Herbs, Talk to Your Vet
Although this list is meant to guide you in the direction of herbs and spices that are generally considered safe for dogs, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian before you add anything to your dog’s diet, whether it’s a supplement, herb, or spice. Not all dogs are the same and some of herbs and spices thatcould help one pup’s health could seriously upset the tummy of another. The best way to confirm which of these suggestions will best help your dog is to consult your vet. That way, you can be sure that it will be safe and appropriate for your furry friend. Your vet can also advise you on proper dosing, as well as provide advice on where you need to use caution when adding spices and herbs to your pet’s food. There’s a reason you have a vet after all, never be afraid to use them.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
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