The secret power of herbs

As healthy human beings, we pick and choose herbs and spices to season our food based on our preferences. Many herbs and spices can provide our dogs with benefits, but there are some that can be harmful, therefore, it is important to know what and when to use them and how much of each of these herbs and spices is safe.


In the following article, I will bring you some essential information regards herbs and spices used in Goldie's kitchen. They were carefully picked to bring most of the benefits for your precious pets.



Lavender

A fantastic natural way to stimulate your dog's appetite. Often used as an aromatherapy tool for sleep problems and to relieve stress (eg. fireworks or car trips for some dogs). There’s scientific evidence from studies in animals that indicates both lavender aromatherapy and oral lavender may offer protection to cognitive health and function, including memory.


This wonderful herb may relieve anxiety, bring about sleep, help quiet the brain, and reduce anger, aggression, and restlessness. It also has anti-bacterial capabilities and can reduce inflammation.


Some dogs can have negative or allergic reactions to lavender, so be sure to try lavender out in small amounts initially. Remember also, that while lavender and other essential oils are safe for use around dogs, they should not be used around cats.



Parsley

The world’s most popular herb and one of the most concentrated food sources. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and K, iron, folate, and a variety of minerals, and contains a variety of volatile oils and amino acids, which are thought to inhibit tumor formation and growth.

Parsley is great for any animal that is recovering from an illness, surgery, or toxic kidney problems. Use larger amounts of parsley tea – 1- 2 tablespoons 3/4 times daily. Can also add finely chopped parsley into their daily meals once or twice a week to help keep kidneys cleansed and free of disease.


Rosemary

High in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6. Rosemary contains antioxidants that may prevent your dog from cancer. This plant promotes heart health through its antispasmodic abilities which could be helpful for animals recovering from a traumatic event. Rosemary is known for its digestive system support, especially when it comes to gas, indigestion, and other related problems; and because of its antimicrobial abilities, it can come in handy for gastrointestinal infections. Rosemary can also improve the memory and mood of your pet, improve their well-being, and in many cases extend their lifespan.


Thyme

Contains vitamin K, iron, manganese, calcium, and dietary fiber. Its primary active ingredient, thymol, helps inhibit the growth of fungus and bacteria. This herb also contains a variety of flavonoids which increase its antioxidant properties. Thyme is used to treat sore throats, colds, and coughs. It is also useful in improving digestion and treating flatulence.



Turmeric

Showing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, calmative, and cholesterol-lowering effects. It has more antioxidant properties than vitamin E, and its potential as a cancer preventive has been supported by many studies. It increases bile production and flow, and protects the stomach and liver. Perfect herb to sprinkle on your animal’s food.

A good idea to incorporate herbs into the diet of your dog is to try nutritious doggy treats from the trusted pet bakery - Goldie Pets Party Bakery.

Things to keep in mind when using herbal remedies:

  • Herbs take time to build in the system, so do not expect immediate results. It can take from several days up to a week or more to know if the herbal remedy is effective depending upon the severity of the issue being treated and the overall vitality of the animal. A more frequent dosage – say 3 times per day, is typically more effective than a large dose once per day. The herbs need to remain and build in the animal’s system.

  • There are many poisonous plants and herbs around, pet-owners have to be aware of and avoid. Most of those are listed by ACPCA and include: Lilies, Marijuana, Sago Palm, Tulip/Narcissus Bulbs, Azalea/Rhododendron, Oleander, Castor Bean, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Yew, Amaryllis, Autumn Crocus, Chrysanthemum, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Pothos, Schefflera

  • Check with a knowledgeable veterinarian if your companion is on any conventional medications that herbal remedies could interact with.

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