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Basil is obviously very healthy. It also works wonders for a delicious recipe!
It’s no wonder owners ask if adding this herb is a good idea for their dogs.
This plant is not harmful for dogs. In fact, it is super healthy and there are even medicinal uses.
This goes for the Thai variety and Sweet Basil (AKA Saint John’s Wort).
Moderate amounts, in dried or fresh form, are absolutely OK for canines. Incorporating small amounts (by sprinkling some onto dog food) is a smart thing to do!
Dogs Can Have Basil
There is no reason why pets can’t partake.
Basil may even help to alleviate arthritis (a condition that affects so many dogs).
Excellent Essential Oils
There is no explicit reason to exclude a dog from conservative consumption of fresh basil.
On the contrary, the essential oils are amazing for animals too. They also happen to be the reason why basil smells so wonderful!
In any case…
Basil can be beneficial for dogs in numerous ways. Keep reading as we get into more detail!
Some More Good News
There are excellent antiviral, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Basil may even fight cancer!
The anti-fungal and even insect-repelling characteristics are attributes dog owners will really love.
In addition to canine arthritis, basil’s powerful beta-caryophyllene may reduce inflammatory bowel disease (IBS).
The above attributes are relevant to dogs too!
Can Calm Your Canine
Perhaps the best thing about a dog eating basil are the positive mood altering effects.
Basil has long been consumed for its calming ability. Yet another use for dogs!
Holy basil is a calming supplement much like melatonin.
To be specific…
It will decrease stress hormone levels (specifically Corticosterone) which may reduce a dog’s anxiety.
Any Downsides for Dogs?
Give some basil as part of a home-cooked meal.
Just closely monitor for allergies (especially when giving it for the first time).
The fact is some dogs are allergic to herbs. Perhaps this stems (no pun intended) from the way basil is often eaten: uncooked.
FYI: Many table foods include basil, even if it’s just a pinch (worth considering when feeding scraps).
Herbs and Plant Foods
Herbs (though not spices) are generally healthy for dogs.
With that being said…
Lots of animals don’t agree with plant-based foods. In particular, the oxalates are often insoluble.
Dogs also have a carnivorous bias and their digestive system is accustomed to meat (not plants).
So, it is understandable to be a bit cautious about what you feed.
The Bottom Line
A small amount of basil will likely be a net positive for your dog.
The healthy aspects generally apply to four-legged friends as well.
Nevertheless, be conservative with this herb. While rare, dogs can be allergic to basil.
Go with a sprinkling mixed in with regular food.