Parsley is a popular herb used in American, European and Middle Eastern cooking. It is often chopped finely and spread on top of rice, meat, fish and pasta dishes. It is also used as an ingredient in soups, casseroles and stews. Aside from its culinary use, it also has medicinal value as it is rich in Vitamin A, C, folic acids and antioxidants.
It is commonly used for treating kidney diseases, high blood pressure and bad breath on humans. Because of its health benefits, some dog owners consider giving parsley to their pets. Some add fresh parsley to their dog’s meals, while others make parsley tea, which they serve their pets for drinks.
This is often used to treat bad breath problems on dogs because as mentioned, parsley naturally freshens breath. Furthermore, it is believed to prevent and treat various health problems in pets, just as it does in humans.
Can I Give My Dog Parsley? Answer: Yes
If you own a dog and you’ve never tried serving parsley before, you might be asking if it is safe for your pet. Yes, it is safe to feed your dog parsley. In fact, this ingredient is also present on some dog foods. This should not put your dog’s health at risk as long as it is not pregnant or it does not have severe kidney problems. It may cause muscle contractions on pregnant dogs or excess bleeding on those with kidney problems. But aside from that, it shouldn’t cause any harm to your pet. Instead, it should give various health benefits.
You can give ½ teaspoon of parsley tea to your dog 3 to 4 times a day or include fresh finely chopped parsley to its meals once or two times a week. While it is not advisable on dogs with severe kidney problems, those without problems on their kidneys would benefit from this, as it could help cleanse these organs preventing diseases. It can also treat kidney stones and infection on urine. It helps eliminate toxins in your dog’s body preventing cancer. It has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent arthritis and swelling. Other health benefits of parsley are it relieves itching, bruising, indigestion, cystitis and heart problems.
How to Keep Parsley Fresh
Since you will only be using small amount of parsley for your dog, you can store the remaining parsley to be used on other days. You don’t have to throw those that you did not use because with proper storage, they can last up to 2 weeks or even longer. This saves time as you no longer have to go to the store or market to purchase more and it also saves money. Aside from serving this to your dog, you can also add it as an ingredient to your meals to make them even tastier. Below are the steps on how to do this:
- Cut the ends of the stems, ensuring that the leaves are dry.
- Add about an inch of water on a jar enough to soak the ends of the parsley.
- Use a plastic bag to cover it loosely.
- Place it inside the fridge.
- Check the water after a few days and change once it starts to discolor.
Other Ways to Treat Bad Breath on Dogs
Poor dental health is the most common cause of bad breath on dogs. Gum disease, plaque and tartar buildup can even make it worse. Aside from adding parsley to your dog’s meals or making parsley tea, there are other ways to treat a dog’s bad breath.
One of these methods is brushing your pet’s teeth at least two times per week. You will find toothbrush and toothpaste that are specifically designed for dogs. Select treats or chews that were made to help freshen your pet’s breath. Carrot can also eliminate bad breath on dogs. Just make sure that you cut them into small pieces to prevent your pet from choking.
Other Herbs Safe for Dogs
Aside from parsley, there are other herbs that can also provide health benefits to your dog like alfalfa and basil, which can alleviate arthritis, as well as prevent cancer. Catnip on the other hand is good for gastrointestinal problems, sores and wounds. It also has a calming effect on nervous pets just like chamomile.
Garlic boosts the immune system and is good for the liver. It also prevents fleas and ticks and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Ginger is another herb that is not only beneficial to human but for pets as well as it improves blood circulation, relieves pain and it is also good for treating gastrointestinal problems.
There are many other herbs which may be beneficial to your dog. Please browse the site for additional ideas as parsley isn’t the only game in town!