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Natural Supplements and Dogs: 5 Herbs and Spices to Help Your Canine Friend

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Herbal supplements aren’t just good for us; they can also greatly benefit our four-legged friends. Since our bodies are relatively similar, it makes sense that herbs can also help our furry friends. Ever notice your dog rooting around outside? He or she could very well be enjoying wild mint or other herbs. Herbal benefits can range from naturally freshening up the breath to aiding the digestive process. Curious? Want to know more? Here are five herbal supplements that can help man’s best friend.

1. Oregano

Ever notice your best friend nosing around in the herb garden? He or she may be looking for oregano. This small-leaf plant offers significant levels of both antioxidants and flavonoids. It can also work as an antimicrobial and antifungal, reducing the risk of infections. Historically, this herb has been used to treat a variety of health concerns regarding digestive issues.

2. Parsley

This isn’t just an herb for garnish! If your dog tries to steal it off the plate, let ‘em have it. Parsley doesn’t just offer a dense nutrient profile; it can freshen your canine pal’s breath. Parsley is an ingredient in many dog products that freshen breath—why not simply go to the source and provide your dog with the real thing. Rich in both antioxidants and vitamins, parsley packs a powerful punch for your dog’s overall health. Parsley can also assist dogs suffering from anemia or urinary tract infections.

3. Turmeric

This spice has long been revered for its anti-inflammatory abilities. It can be especially beneficial to senior dogs suffering from arthritis or other issues inflaming the joints. Studies point to turmeric’s capacity to both support the liver and fight cancer cells as well. As it is a pungent spice, turmeric is best encapsulated and then consumed. Avoid sprinkling it on food as dogs may find its scent unappealing.

Chamomile

This tiny white flower is an excellent natural option for calming hyper dogs. Studies suggest it may also help with gastrointestinal issues as well. If you have dog that needs a chill pill, chamomile could exist as an excellent option to try.

5. Echinacea

Dogs can suffer from colds just as humans can—however they tend to suffer in silence. Echinacea safely works as an immunity booster, strengthening the body’s natural immune response. Research supports this flower’s antiviral and antibacterial properties as well. Echinacea is also an excellent option for senior dogs, or those that are recovering from surgery as it provides pain relief.

Obviously, the amount of herbal supplements appropriate for your pet will depend upon their size and weight. It’s a good idea to discuss the proper dosage with your veterinarian or knowledgeable herbalist. However, assembling your own herbal supplements can be quick and cost-effective when done at home with the proper equipment. Many dogs will eat around pills placed in their food bowl, so you may need to get creative to get your best friend to take the supplement. Try placing the supplements in a bit of peanut butter or in a cheese cube—they should disappear in no time!

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