Can I Give My Dog Oregano?

Can I Give My Dog Oregano?Oregano is a popular perennial plant that’s commonly used for cooking. More importantly, this mint-like medicinal herb can be a valuable natural remedy and is generally suitable for dogs. In fact, it can be very beneficial and useful for pet owners.

Incorporating some oregano into your dog’s diet can be easily achieved by mixing the leafs in with their regular food. The biggest benefit is up for debate, but the fact that it helps to combat against canine arthritis is very attractive.

The rich antioxidants may also work to eliminate various toxic substances. Interestingly, this herb is great for treating bee strings and such. If you dig a bit deeper you’ll find that here are several uses for oregano. People aren’t the only ones who benefit from this herb!

Can I Give My Dog Oregano? Answer: Yes

The fresh leaves, and even the natural oil, can be given to Fido in moderation.

Oregano obviously enhances the taste and aroma of foods including grilled, fried or roasted meat, fish and vegetables. But much more importantly, this excellent herb has proven medicinal uses which can come in handy for a beloved pet dog.

Regarding Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano, which is an antiseptic, helps prevent the spread of germs. The anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties reduce the dangers of bacteria and viruses. A natural treatment, oregano is also a type of topical application, for skin rashes and wounds. You can apply it on an affected area of your dog’s skin.

It’s also great for keeping your dog’s coat and skin healthy. We’ve had luck with Dermoscent Essential 6 which contains oregano and it’s 100% natural. Otherwise, you may have difficulty providing this to your dog because most animals reject the taste. While you may put it in tea, try mixing it in with your dog’s food. Careful when using straight oil of oregano because it’s very strong!

Consult with your vet, though there are no known side effects regarding oregano and dogs.

Even More Oregano Uses

Oregano can be used to treat a sore throat, bronchitis, asthma and even the common cough. Respiratory, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and heartburn and other stomach problems have also been successfully helped through the use of oregano.

It may also work on infections including UTIs and some heart problems. Besides treating your dog’s wounds, other skin problems such as insect bites, bee stings, psoriasis, ringworm, warts, canker sores and acne be may alleviated. Not all of these would apply to a pet dog but it’s useful to know just in case.

Oregano could possibly be a good supplement for reducing arthritis in dogs which is sadly so common.

Other Canine Safe Herbs

Aside from oregano, there are other herbs which are also safe for dogs. One of the most well-known is basil. A few others can even treat high blood pressure, dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is used for cancer, IBD, urinary tract problems, gastrointestinal infections and swollen lymph nodes. Treatment for rashes, burns, wounds and insect bites is also possible.

Another is Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva) which is used for clearing up urinary tract disease, gastrointestinal tract inflammation, diarrhea, wounds, abscess and boils. Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) is rich in antioxidants which also helps prevent canine cancer. It’s also said to help with pancreatitis, liver problems and hepatitis as well. Finally, Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxycantha) can prevent some cardiovascular diseases.

All of the above natural herbs can be given to dogs if you properly administer them.

Conclusion on Oregano

You may want to consider including oregano in your dog’s diet. From the treatment of wounds, to its antibacterial properties, to use as an arthritis supplement, you and Fido can benefit from oregano in a variety of ways. As a bonus, oregano as a food ingredient is delicious. Of course, you can overdue it as with most anything. Oil of oregano can be particularly potent so be cautious. Talk with a vet before you get experimental.

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Andrea June, 2016

I have a 35 pound Beagle that has insane itching from grasses, etc. Could somebody please advise me of something that actually works for these allergies? That would be amazing! I don’t know which of us is crazier over this, my poor pup or me from all the scratching, biting and licking!


Lisa May, 2016

How much oregano can I give my 60 pound dog per meal or per day? Also, can I use a regular bottle of spices that’s used for cooking?


Arthur February, 2016

My pet has an infection in her left anal gland. Will Oregano oil help to get rid of the infection and how should I give it to her?


Nancy January, 2016

Oil or dried herb? I am very familiar with both and love them. Oreganol is about the best and highest oil quality and derived from the proper oregano crops. The herbs in the supermarket are not and most commonly mixed with Marjoram. Look for Turkish or Greek oregano and source it from your local herb shop. Thank you for the info. Oregano and Flax will now go into their homemade food and treats. After all, they deserve the best.


Ann October, 2015

I buy a couple of Slim Jims at the corner store, cut off 1/2 an inch, slice it the oblong way being careful not to cut all the way through. Then I open it and add 1 or 2 drops Oil of Oregano (Not Essential oil of oregano since that’s only for the outside of the body) and then I close it back up. She eats it and still wants more.


Anne September, 2015

How many Oil of Oregano pills can I give my 34 pound dog? Also, how often a day? She’s suffering from allergies and ear mites.


Gabrielle March, 2015

I have two dogs that get skin allergies and irritation every spring because of pollen. Every year I apply 1 part of oregano oil and 3 parts of virgin olive oil on their infected skin and it works all the time. But they walk around my house with the strong aroma of dog smell and the oil, not very pleasant. If I were to give it to them in their food, what amount of oregano oil would you suggest I give them? Would it be better if I mixed it in with olive oil, too? Any suggestions would truly be appreciated.


Jana April, 2015

I don’t know about oregano oil for dogs, but I recently discussed using it internally for myself. My doctor cautioned me because it is such an effective antibiotic that it can diminish the beneficial flora in our guts. She said she likes to urge people to use things externally most of the time.


Shannon April, 2015

You can give Oil of Oregano gel caps. It’s all natural and helps with digestion and any parasites or bacteria in the intestines. You may want to try rubbing in into your feet and put some socks on, since your skin absorbs over 60% of what you put on it! I am going to put a small amount into a pill pocket for my dog and feed her one on a weekly basis.


Tina June, 2015

The wonderful thing about oregano oil is that it does not destroy beneficial flora like antibiotics do. Your doctor is misinformed.


John April, 2015

Yes, believe it or not, it’s simply strong green tea. It will heal the bacteria and it is odorless. Couple of days tops. It’s great for itch and hot spots. They heal quickly.


Dagmar July, 2015

You might try Stinging Nettle instead. My ShihTzu had the same problem. The grass would start to grow and she would start to itch. My health food store has Stinging Nettle drops and the label tells you how many drops per pound. After only one week of nettle, the little dog didn’t itch anymore. So now I always give it through the growing season and she’s fine. I have never noticed any side effects.


Linda January, 2015

I was just told my dog has a chipped tooth in the back. It looks red and might be infected. The vet wants to pull it but I am against putting him under, especially when he has a infection. He is 9 years old and I think pulling a tooth that’s infected will spread it. He has no issues eating and is not in pain, even though the vet said he might be. He loves his bones and plays like a puppy. Does anyone think that Oil of Oregano will help with the inflammation?


Jess January, 2015

I think it’s best to get rid of the infection. My guess is it can be treated like a human tooth. Ask for local anesthesia.


Ashlea January, 2015

Hi Linda. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). It is highly recommended to get a dental cleaning and remove that tooth. The infection might be severe and can also create fistulas which will cause worse problems. The best solution is to get the tooth and infection under control by removing that tooth. Oil of Oregano will only topically help the gum but not affect it internally under the gum. Hope this helps!


Jean August, 2015

I periodically have an infection in a root. I use oregano oil, for a few days, until the discomfort stops. I have so far avoided having to go to an orthodontist to have the root pulled out surgically. It is my belief, based on my own experience, that your dog’s gums actually would absorb the oil. Use only origanum vulgare in olive oil. I use 4 drops, 2-3 times a day, for 2-3 days only. A small dog would probably only need 1 drop. Here’s where one would need to talk to a Vet who has knowledge of essential oils because they can be toxic in high doses and/or for long periods.


Deb October, 2014

What oils can I give my dog to help combat papilloma virus (HPV)? He has warts in his mouth.


Nicole December, 2014

I did some research and have found for my grooming clients, that when nothing else worked, the supplement FlexPet helped and quick. I thought it was just for joint health, but it’s loaded with immune system boosters, and it’s not crazy expensive.


Rosey Red July, 2013

I wanted to make chicken and carrots for my dog, a girl, but it seemed so plain. I wanted to add some spices but I didn’t know which ones were safe. When I make it for her I will add some parsley and oregano leaves. Thanks for the help.


James July, 2013

Hi Rosey! Thank you for the kind words. Sounds like Bonnie has a good chef. Please stop by and comment again sometime.


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