Oregano is a perennial plant used as a cooking herb as well as a natural remedy for many conditions. But is it suitable for dogs? In fact, it can be a useful natural remedy for dogs in some situations.
Incorporating oregano into your dog’s diet is usually achieved by mixing some leafs in with their food but there are other options. It may be particularity helpful for combating canine arthritis.
The rich antioxidants help eliminate toxic substances in their bodies. It also works great for treating bee strings and such. In fact, there are several uses for oregano. People aren’t the only ones who benefit from this herb!
Can I Give My Dog Oregano? Answer: Yes
Fresh oregano leaves and oregano oil can usually be given to dogs without problems when provided in moderation.
Oregano enhances the taste and aroma of foods including grilled, fried or roasted meat, fish and vegetables. But more importantly, this common herb also has medicinal uses which may be of value to your pet dog.
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 will reject the taste. While you may put it in tea, instead try mixing it in with your dog’s food. But be careful when using straight oil of oregano because it’s extremely strong!
Though there are no known side effects when using oregano on dogs, consult your vet in case you encounter any problems.
Other Oregano Uses
Besides being a general herbal medicine, for people and dogs, oregano is sometimes used to treat a sore throat, bronchitis, asthma and just a simple cough. Respiratory, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and heartburn and other stomach problems have also been successfully helped through the use of oregano.
Oregano can work on infections including UTIs and some heart problems. Besides treating your dog’s wounds, it can also help with other skin problems such as insect bites, bee stings, psoriasis, ringworm, warts, canker sores and acne. Not all of these would apply to your dog but it’s useful to know just in case.
Most exciting of all, people are discovering that it may be helpful as a supplement for dealing with canine arthritis. Of course this is common problem, especially for overweight and senior dogs.
Other K9 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 using this natural approach.
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. These can all be given to dogs if you properly administer them.
Conclusion on Oregano
Consuming some oregano potentially offers great health benefits and so you may want to consider including it in you and your dog’s diet. From the treatment of wounds, to its antibacterial properties, to use as an arthritis supplement, you and Fido can use 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 too experimental.