Which Tasty Herbs are Beneficial to Pets

Some of the herbs we grow here in Upstate New York and regularly add to our recipes to make them more delicious are actually good for our pets. While others that are used as natural remedies for a range of health issues can likewise benefit our four-legged family members.
For instance, chamomile, known for its soothing and calming effect, is often used for insomnia and as a stress reducer for humans. And according to the pet experts at insidepetsworld.com can have similar effects and benefits for our pets. It reportedly will help ease their anxiety, hyperactivity and insomnia as well as sooth digestive issues. However, keep in mind that chamomile tea is best served cool or at room temperature to Fido.
Here is a brief list of other herbs that are good for pets:
1. Dill, used in soups, salads and a variety of dishes (I love it with fish!) relieves gas and bloating — a common aliment in dogs and cats. It is also believed to decrease a pet’s preponderance for cancer. Additionally, it wards off bad breath in dogs and aids in dental health.
2. Ginger, when used fresh, opens sinuses and makes it easier to breathe deeply. It has anti-inflammatory and powerful medicinal properties. When consumed during cold weather it is believed to prevent a number of winter illnesses. It reportedly can relieve arthritis in pets, motion difficulties and aches and soreness in muscles. It is said to combat inflammation, viruses and fungi as well as reduce fever and nausea.
3. Mint, which is used in salads, drinks and pet oral hygiene products, can be used to relieve digestive issues, including bloating, diarrhea, gas and stomach distress. Additionally, mint is often used to soothe side effects of chemotherapy and to treat inflammatory bowel disease. Peppermint is rich in vitamins A and C and therefore promotes healthy bones, skin and vision!
4. Parsley is high in fiber and protein which both promote optimal body function. Also rich in vitamins, parsley relieves swollen glands, indigestion, asthma and bladder issues.
It’s important to note that individual pets respond differently to these herbs just like their human counterparts. So be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the advisability of introducing them into your pet’s diet. Pets that are less tolerant to medications or who are pregnant or currently on medication especially require a vet’s  recommendation before adding these herbs to their diet. Your vet will know the best way to proceed!
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