Want to liven things up at doggy dinner time with some new flavours that pack a nutritious punch? Hellooooo herbs. Not only good for us, some herbs are great for your pooch too. Adding them to kibble at meal times is a simple way to promote the holistic well being of your best four legged friend.
Coriander is the fragrant, green herb that tastes great with Mexican dishes. While we don’t suggest feeding your dog a bowl of nachos, coriander is a herb your pooch will definitely benefit from in small amounts. Palate cleansing and breath freshening, coriander has great antibiotic and antifungal properties. It can also stabilise blood sugar levels and aids calcium absorption, keeping your pup strong and healthy.
Most dogs love the taste of coriander so including it in dry food will definitely have your pooch excited for dinner time. Simply break up fresh coriander leaves and mix them into the kibble, easy! If you’re looking for a fun way to include coriander, check out our delish gluten free Canine Carob Cookie Mix. A nutritious blend of carob, coconut sugar, wheat-free flour and coriander your dog will go bananas for this treat.
Parsley is great for your pup. Packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins it’s a cancer fighting herb, wonderful for flushing out toxins.
Parsley also helps fight halitosis, the cause of bad breath in dogs and is a good option for preventive kidney health, although it’s not advisable for dogs who already have kidney dysfunction.
It contains properties that can relieve itching and will help with indigestion and heart problems. Parsley isn’t good during pregnancy, so if your dog is expecting, steer clear of this herb. Use the fresh stuff where possible, chop up and mix into kibble a couple of times a week. The curly variety of parsley is best!
Oregano is one hard working herb when it comes to canine health. It’s renowned for it’s amazing anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties and can aid the treatment Lyme and other tick borne diseases. Older dogs with arthritis will benefit from the addition of this herb at meal times too.
Oregano is packed with vitamins and minerals and a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which is super beneficial for your pup’s coat health, skin and joints. Your pooch will also reap the awesome benefits of chlorophyll that come with all green herbs.
Chlorophyll can help regulate body odor, relieve constipation and gas while detoxifying on the inside.
Add a teaspoon of dried oregano to the kibble mix or if you feel like getting a little fancy, you can make a doggie pesto, blending fresh oregano leaves with olive oil as a kibble topper.
It’s a good idea to try just one herb at a time throughout the week and keep an eye on your dog to make sure it’s agreeing with them. We’d love to know what other herbs your dog loves, share in the comments below! Oh, while we’re on the topic of kibble, don’t forget to swipe your copy of Quick Bake Kibble Cake here.