Herbs and spices are important additions to food. They give flavor to food as well as healing powers for ailments.
With NSAIDs having so many serious side effects adding to a pet’s illness, it’s time we used herbs and spices to support and promote good health.
Herbs and spices in daily use can improve the immune system, brain function, cardiovascular system, digestive system, skin and coat health and so on – keeping every part of the body healthy.
Herbs and spices can help support treatment for temporary and chronic conditions such as arthritis, organ damage, cancer, wound healing and much more.
Here is a sampling of some herbs and spices beneficial to your dog.
Flax seeds – anti-oxidant, filled with nutrients
Ginger – anti-inflammatory, aids digestion
Green tea – anti-oxidant, aid in some cancers
Rosemary – anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, high in fiber
Curcumin – found in Tumeric, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, high in vitamins and minerals, aids in arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, memory and more
Additional herbs and spices that are safe for your dog and offer many health benefits are Aloe Vera, Fennel, Peppermint, Oregano, Basil, Parsley and many more, some of which can be found in your kitchen.
When introducing spices and herbs to your dog’s diet, choose one at a time over a period of a few days. This will tell you if your dog has an allergic reaction or an upset with the particular addition.
Herbs and spices can be purchased in a number of forms – powder, tincture, tea, capsules or tablets, topical – giving you choices in administering them.
Always check with your holistic veterinarian as to proper dosage for your dog’s size, age, weight and if s/he has any ailments. Your vet can tell you if any spice or herb will interact adversely with medications your dog is taking or if there are any side effects. Your vet will also let you know of additional spices and herbs that are safe to use for your dog.
Note about Cats: Cats can be very sensitive to some herbs and spices. Some may even be toxic for them. Please check with your holistic vet before adding any of them to your cat’s diet.