Spice up your dog’s homemade meals by adding some healthy herbs and spices. Here is a list of herbs and spices that are generally good for your dog.
- Basil (antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral)
- Ceylon cinnamon (freshens breath, keeps teeth clean, reduces stomach gas, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic)
- Ginger (anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, helps keep teeth clean, reduces nausea as in car sickness, digestive aid)
- Oregano (antioxidant, antimicrobial, soothes stomach upset)
- Parsley (breath freshener, soothes stomach; note that spring parsley, a member of the carrot family that resembles parsley is toxic to dogs)
- Peppermint for stomach upset (high doses can be toxic!)
- Rosemary (provides iron, calcium, and vitamin B6, antioxidant)
Check for cautions when introducing any new food into your pet’s diet. For instance, ginger has many wonderful benefits but isn’t recommended for pregnant or lactating dogs or cats, or if they have bleeding disorders, take anticoagulants, or have a heart condition.
Try to introduce only one new food at a time so you’ll be able to more easily identify the cause of any problems that arise.