If you happen to come by one or two of our articles you might noticed that we are huge advocates of healthy living. And our pets are no exceptions. While feeding your dog a varied, preferably raw diet is fast gaining its popularity there are other ways to keep them healthy. And our latest favorite is to add spices to their diet. According to pet nutritionists giving spices for dogs is an amazing way to get those extra vitamins and minerals. However, we have to say a little goes a long way here. You should definitely not load your dog’s system with overwhelming amounts of herbs and spices. Instead try to sprinkle small on amounts on their food daily and you’ll soon see the benefits.
Parsley is known to have amazing health benefits and it’s known to fight inflammation, soothe stomach upset and aid detoxification. It helps relieving the conditions of arthiritis and reduce the risk of some cancers. Parsley contains high levels of a flavonoid called apigenin. Not only does apigenin possesses remarkable anti-cancer properties, it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. You should feed it to your pup in moderate amounts either dried or raw.
Despite the recent controversy surrounding cinnamon, ASPCA has deemed it non-toxic for dogs. Cinnamon is actually made out of a type of tree, Cinnamomum verum. The bark of the tree is used to create this amazingly colorful, flavorful spice. In cinnamon’s case a little really goes a long way. Cinnamon consumption has positive benefits on blood sugar levels, digestion and heart disease. It supplies a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins like as manganese, and is rich in fiber. If you would like to find out more about its health benefits click to read the article.
Ginger has super powers and has been around for over 2000 years. Some herbs and spices do offer additional benefits, and ginger is one of them. Just like with humans, ginger can help soothe your dog’s upset stomach. It also relieves nausea and improves motion sickness. A recent study carried out at the University of Georgia shows, that ginger consumption helps reducing exercise-induced muscle pain. It is high in sodium, iron, Vitamin C, B6, potassium and many other nutrients.
It has antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties that can benefit your pooch. Basil extract, or basil essential oil, is proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions. It contains antibacterial properties and acts as a strong anti-inflammatory. basil contains phytochemicals, which can help naturally prevent cancer. It support liver function, therefore it helps detoxify the body. Try feeding your dog treats containing basil if they suffer from anxiety or stress. You can feed it raw or powdered. Just sprinkle a little on your food once a week.
Turmeric is the main spice in the Indian curry, without doubt one of the most powerful spices we know. It reduces the symptoms of depression, fights inflammation, may prevent blood clots and may outperform many arthiritis drugs. What’s more, it helps fight obesity and boosts the ability to manage pain. Consumption of turmeric, and its active compound, curcumin helps the liver to detoxify the body.
Milk thistle is a natural herb that’s been used for over 2,000 years. While it’s extremely healthy for humans, as well as a miracle herb for pets. Milk thistle has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. For that reason, it can help improve your pup’s digestive health. It helps detoxify the liver and may protect against cancer. Traditional veterinary medicine has long realized the amazing properties of this plant. Here is a great product from Quebeck that contains milk thistle and helps boost your dog’s immune system by detoxing their body.
And lastly but not least spearmint, peppermint and wild mint are safe for sour dog. It helps fight bad breath as well as improve digestive health. It helps decrease indigestion and boosts brain function.
I hope you enjoyed our list and will start adding some herbs and spices to your dog’s food. Please, always make sure to consult your vet before deciding on your pet’s diet. Let us know what you think, and thanks for reading!