Parsley is a common herb, which 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.
But is parsley safe and good for dogs to eat?
Yes - parsley is extremely safe for dogs. (The one exception is to avoid using this herb during a dog's pregnancy, as parsley stimulates the uterus.)
I think most people actually know that parsley can freshen a dog's breath. But did you know that parsley has more benefits to dogs?
Parsley is antimicrobial and carminative. It is also anti-inflammatory and can help dogs with inflammatory issues such as arthritis and cancer. It is also a diuretic (promotes the flow of urine) and can lower blood pressure.
No small feat for a small herbal plant!
Below are some parsley health benefits to dogs.
In addition, parsley benefits dogs with heart problems because it helps stimulate the kidneys to eliminate the excess fluids in the lungs and/or other organs.
Makes sense to add this herb to a canine cancer diet, doesn't it? It's also a good idea to add this herb to a dog's food regularly even if he doesn't have cancer as a preventive measure.
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.
As mentioned above, while parsley is a safe herb for most dogs, it should not be given to pregnant dogs because it has uterine stimulation action.
Also, do not use the essential oils of either parsley seed or parsley leaf topically on all dogs, especially pregnant dogs. More importantly, do not allow dogs to ingest either of these oils as oral dose is poisonous (to both dogs and people) - toxic to the liver, kidneys, heart and digestive system.References