Oregano is a perennial plant that usually grows in warm climates. It is used as a cooking herb, especially for Italian and American cuisine but it isn’t known to dogs. 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 some medicinal uses which may be of value to your dog.
Oil of oregano is antiseptic in nature meaning it prevents the growth of germs. Its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties stops the spread of bacteria. The antiviral aspects prevent viruses from spreading. In Greece, it’s used as a treatment for sore throat. In other countries, it’s used for respiratory and stomach problems, as well as for healing cuts and wounds.
The rich antioxidants eliminate toxic substances in the body including that of a dog. So people are not the only ones who benefit from this herb!
Can I Give My Dog Oregano? Answer: Yes
Fresh oregano leaves and oregano oil can be given to dogs without problems.
It can treat arthritis in dogs, one of the most common problems, especially those that are overweight and are already old. It is also a natural treatment for allergies and wounds. Like people, dogs may be allergic to various substances so use caution.
If you are using oregano as a topical application for treating skin rashes, allergies or wounds, use a small amount of oregano oil. Apply it on part of the skin to see if undesirable irritation develops. If it does, stop using it. If not then continue applying it to the affected area.
As a topical application, it can be combined with olive oil in a 1:4 ratio or given orally – 2 to 3 drops per day with a 1:3 ratio. It can also be used with a diffuser. You may have difficulties feeding this orally to your dog because most animals do not like the strong taste.
Try mixing it with your dog’s food so they can ingest it more easily. Though there are no known side effects when using oregano on dogs but consult your vet in case you encounter any problems.
Other Uses of Oregano
Aside from being used as herbal medicines for dogs, oregano has more medicinal uses for humans. It is not only used as essential oil and food ingredient, it is also used as tea and helps treat bronchitis, asthma and cough. It also helps ease gastrointestinal problems like bloating and heartburn.
It can treat infection including UTI, as well as heart problems, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis and menstrual cramps. While it is used for treating dog’s wounds, it can also be used for treating other skin problems on people like insect bites, psoriasis, ringworm, warts, canker sores, athlete’s foot and acne. It also eliminates dandruff and treats oily skin.
Safe Herbs for Dogs
Aside from oregano, there are other herbs that are also safe for dogs. One of the most well-known healthy herbs is basil.
Another is Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva). This is used for treating urinary tract disease, gastrointestinal tract inflammation, diarrhea, wounds, abscess and boils. Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) is rich in antioxidants that can help prevent canine cancer. It can also help treat pancreatitis, liver problems and hepatitis. Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxycantha) can prevent some cardiovascular diseases.
A wide variety of herbs are known to treat high blood pressure, dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is used for treating 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.
Conclusion on Oregano
With all the great benefits that you and your dog can possibly get from consuming oregano, you may want to start including this in both of your diets.
For natural treatment of wounds and certain other diseases common to pets, you may use this, as well as other herbs that are safe for dogs. If you are not sure if a particular medication can be given to your pet, be sure to talk with your vet before you do anything. It’s better to be safe than sorry.