September 22, 2021

Healthy basil for dogs

by | Aug 28, 2021 8:10PM

The flower of Basil—white on a green pod and stalk–produces seeds that one can plant.  Basil is very good for dogs as it is anti-inflammatory,  protects against infection, protects the gut, among others.  

 

Basil adds extra flavor to any dish. This healthy herb will also make any dog food smell and taste  good.

Adding this herb to your dog’s food will provide the variety that will spice up a dog’s day, and break the routine for him.

Basil is safe for dogs but it should be given in moderation.

“Basil will make your dog’s dish taste amazing, and it’ll even provide some health benefits because it contains natural antioxidants, which can help with digestion, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the immune system,” said Teresa Milne in “Is Basil Safe For Dogs?” in the Dog Friendly Scene website.

 

Sweet Basil

A member of the mint family, basil is a popular plant that commonly grows in Mediterranean climates.

Nutritional Ingredients:
Calcium
Cobalamin
Iron
Magnesium
Vitamin B-6
Vitamin C
Vitamin D

Benefits:
Alleviate anxiety
Anti-inflammatory
Ease joint pain
Gut protecting
Improves mood
Protect against infections

Great For:
Appetite stimulant
Arthritis
Constipation
Diarrhea
Intestinal gas

 

One or two leaves is enough for dogs. The two pots at the right side of the photo are basil. The other plant is tomato which is not good for dogs. You can give one leaf to a small dog and two leaves to a big dog twice a week. Always consult your vet before giving new food to your dog.
One or two leaves is enough for dogs. The two pots at the right side of the photo are basil.
The other plant is tomato which is not good for dogs.  You can give one leaf to a small dog and
two leaves to a big dog twice a week. Always consult your vet before giving new food to your dog.

 

Basil is good  for dogs and humans because it has chemicals that are known to kill bacteria and fungi within the gut. “It is known to reduce stomach problem symptoms of the gastrointestinal tract,” Milne said.

 

Risks

Too much of anything poses a risk even if it is a good thing, Milne stressed.

Overeating basil  may lead to stomach upset and vomiting. Please make sure to give only small amounts of basil to your dog, Milne said.

Basil is not poisonous or toxic to dogs but when feeding basil to your dog for the first time,  please consult  the veterinarian if this can be given to your dog, and observe your dog.

 

Bea is like Sage. Also a Save ALL rescue, she is not choosy when it comes to food. We think it is because she lived on the streets for many years and had to scavenge for food. To her, it seems any food is food, and good food is a big blessing for her. Now a senior dog a around 11 years old, she enjoys good, clean food at the home.
Bea is like Sage. Also a Save ALL rescue, she is not choosy when it comes to food. We think it
is because she lived on the streets for many years and had to scavenge for food. To her, it seems
any food is food, and good food is a big blessing for her. Now a senior dog a around 11 years old,
she enjoys good, clean food at the home.  

 

Also, make sure your dog’s diet is well-balanced. “If you follow all the best practices when offering basil, your dog will reap the rewards of this magical herb,” Milne added.

Serving Suggestions

You can give one or two leaves to your dog. This is enough for  him or her to get the benefits of the herb. You can mix basil to the dog’s food or you can it give directly to the dog.

Fresh is always best, though it is slightly more potent than dried basil.  But please make sure the dried herb  is not mixed with salt and garlic powder as these  two ingredients are highly toxic or bad for dogs.

 

Basil choices

 

Recommended Amount

Milne warned against overindulgence when it comes to giving basil. “Don’t give them more than one or two leaves per mealtime unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian,” Milne said.

After giving basil, observe the dog. Do not rely on extra food to  provide all the nutrients a dog needs.

“Keep in mind that good quality dog food should always have the nutrients that a dog needs,” Milne said.

“Not all dogs like basil. It’s certainly an acquired taste, and the larger dogs are more inclined to have a nibble, whereas the small dogs are often much fussier in general when trying new foods,” she added.

 

Sage, a rescued dog of Save Animals of Love and light (Save ALL Inc.) from a pound where dogs go hungry and sick, loves veggies and herbs. He is not a picky eater.
Sage, a rescued dog of Save Animals of Love and light (Save ALL Inc.) from a pound where dogs
go hungry and sick,  loves  veggies and herbs. He is not a picky eater. 

Other Varieties of Basil

The safe basil, and the most common herb variety, is sweet basil. Sweet basil is sold mainly in shops and markets over the other types. There are  three other types of basil that dogs can eat: lemon basil, cinnamon basil, and Thai basil. All should be given in moderation.

“Lemon basil can bring extra flavours to your dog’s diet and provide some health benefits to your dog. Cinnamon basil will make your dog’s dish taste amazing, and it’ll even provide some health benefits, “ Milne said.

“Thai basil will make your dog’s dish taste flavoursome, and it’ll even provide some health benefits, such as an anti-inflammatory, easing of joint pain dogs and protection against infections,” Milne added.

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