Aromatic spices are not only an additive to improve the taste of homemade dishes. Many of them also have invaluable health benefits! Some popular spices can also be given to a dog. Which will be safe for him and which we must categorically avoid?
What are spices and herbs?
Herbs used in the kitchen are the leaves of various plants. Spices, on the other hand, can also come from other parts – the roots, stems, flowers, bark and fruit. Sometimes it is possible to obtain both herb and spice from one plant. However, they will have different properties, taste and uses. Spices are usually added to dishes in small quantities, which do not increase the calorie content of the dishes. In themselves, however, they can have quite a lot of calories – especially those that are made from seeds. In the composition of many spices we will find valuable minerals and micronutrients such as iron, magnesium and calcium. However, the health-promoting properties of these additives are mainly due to the high content of antioxidants and bactericidal substances. Unfortunately, not all healthy spices will be suitable for a home quadruped!
Which spices can you give your dog?
Dogs don’t need any spices or herbs in their diet to grow properly and lead a healthy and happy life. However, some plant supplements may have beneficial health effects, especially in dogs suffering from various ailments. Here is a list of a few herbs and spices that, when served in small amounts, will not harm your home pets. Before administering them, however, you should consult your veterinarian, as some of these spices may interact with your dog’s medication.
Aromatic basil leaves are rich in antioxidants and antibacterial substances. Small amounts of basil can help dogs suffering from rheumatism and depression, as well as reduce anxiety and anxiety felt by a pet. Basil can be added to a dog’s bowl in the form of several fresh leaves or a small pinch of dried fruit.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. The addition of cinnamon to the diet is also recommended for diabetic dogs, as it helps regulate blood sugar levels. Due to the high content of antioxidants, this spice also has anti-cancer effect. Cinnamon should be given to the dog only occasionally and in very small quantities.
Ginger root also has bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to which it can be found in the diet of a quadruped suffering from various infections and degeneration of the joints. In addition, it regulates the digestive tract, prevents nausea and promotes blood circulation. However, fresh ginger has too intense a taste that can scare dogs away. So it’s worth replacing it with a dried spice.
This intensely yellow spice from the ground root supports metabolism and slimming. It also has a beneficial effect on the joints, circulatory system and quadrupedal brain. A small addition of turmeric to your diet will help protect your dog from cancer and anemia.
The delicate diuretic properties of parsley cause that its addition has a positive effect on kidney and bladder health. The green leaves of this plant also contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Parsley can be given to the dog in the form of fresh leaves or a pinch of dried herbs added to the bowl.
Do not give these spices to your dog!
However, not all spices will be suitable for home pets and even in small amounts they can seriously harm your dog. Spices and herbs that cannot be found in the bowl include onion, garlic, pepper, salt, hot pepper and nutmeg. Their consumption can cause serious poisoning in the pet, damage its kidneys and liver, as well as cause convulsions and cause death.