Parsley benefits dogs in different ways, such as fighting dog bad breath (canine halitosis), boosting the immune system, and more. Read on for information on this herb and see how you can use parsley to enhance your dog's health.
Parsley is a common herb and is extremely safe for use on dogs. (The one exception is to avoid using this herb during a dog's pregnancy, as parsley stimulates the uterus.)
Parsley is nutritive and rich in protein, fiber, and vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, and K). In addition, it also contains trace minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
The fact that parsley can freshen a dog's breath and can treat canine halitosis (bad breath) is well known. However, parsley benefits dogs more than just making their breath fresh.
Parsley is antimicrobial and carminative. It is also anti-inflammatory and can therefore helps dogs with inflammatory issues such as arthritis and cancer. It is also a diuretic and can lower blood pressure.
Below are some common uses of parsley to enhance dogs' health.
You can also use parsley to make dog "fresh-breath" biscuits - see this recipe for example.
To feed parsley to your dog as a nutritive tonic, try to make juice out of fresh leaves by adding water to some fresh leaves and blend them in a blender or juicer. Feed the juice directly to your dog with an empty stomach or add to his drinking water. (1 teaspoon/20 lbs of the dog's body weight).
To use parsley as a medicinal tea for arthritis, urinary tract or gastric issues, you can make an attenuated infusion. Here is how (as described in Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by C.J. Puotinen):
Add 1 teaspoon/10 pounds body weight to your dog's dinner every day.