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Oregano is a delicious addition to any dish. It also has plenty of powerful medicinal properties.
Do you want to add this herb to your dog’s diet?
Whether it is safe is up for debate.
The ASPCA lists oregano as having toxicity for dogs due to a potential for gastrointestinal irritation. We acknowledge that diarrhea and even vomiting are possible, but small amounts are harmless and even healthy.
In Moderation, Dogs Can Have Oregano
There are actually numerous uses for this herb.
Older dogs, in particular, often need help combating arthritis and that’s where oregano comes in with its outstanding antioxidants.
Moderate Use Is Okay
Oregano does a great job at enhancing taste and aroma for all sorts of meals whether they are grilled, fried or roasted and this goes for meat, fish and vegetables.
Whether your objective is to have a healthier hound or to simply introduce a new taste — your dog can be included assuming you don’t get carried away!
The Top Oregano Uses
The great taste is obvious but did you know that oregano can help with a sore throat, bronchitis, asthma and even the common cough?
Respiratory, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and heartburn and other stomach issues may also respond.
Oregano could even work on infections including UTIs and certain heart problems.
Besides treating your dog’s wounds, other applicable skin problems are:
- Insect bites (including bee stings)
- Canker sores
And again, oregano is a promising supplement for reducing arthritis in dogs (sadly all-to-common).
Is Oil of Oregano OK?
The first thing you should know about giving your dog this concentrated leave extract:
Oil of oregano is way too strong, possibly dangerous, in pure form. It must be well-diluted and, even then, you may have difficulty giving it to your dog — most animals reject the taste.
You can try putting weakened oil of oregano in tea, or simply mix it in with your dog’s food.
Once watered down, it is an antiseptic that prevents the spread of germs. The anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties will reduce bacteria and viruses.
Oregano is also a topical application for skin rashes and wounds.
Last but not least, oregano oil can help to keep a canine’s coat (and skin) looking healthy.
Other Herbs For Dogs
Basil is a safe herb for pets.
Another is Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva). Some say it can help to clear up a urinary tract disease, gastrointestinal tract inflammation, diarrhea, wounds, abscess and boils.
Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) like oregano is rich in antioxidants and is said to prevent canine cancer, pancreatitis, liver problems and even hepatitis.
Finally, Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxycantha) may be useful for cardiovascular disease.
The Bottom Line
Go easy and you can add a bit of oregano to your dog’s diet.
For treatment of wounds, as an arthritis supplement, or simply sprinkling it onto food for taste — your dog can benefit and they may even enjoy it.
You can, of course, overdo it with this herb!
Oregano oil is particularly potent so be especially cautious with the liquid form.