Is Rosemary Safe for Dogs?

Is Rosemary Safe for Dogs?

Author WDF Staff


Rosemary is a fantastic plant humans use for different purposes. We love to flavor our food with its pine-ey scent and taste, and we even use it to make our house smell great, which is an excellent thing if you are a dog owner. However, dog owners also know their dogs love to eat weird things they come across. Hence, it is only natural that we wondered, “Can dogs eat rosemary?” The answer is - Yes.

Is rosemary safe for dogs?

Not only is rosemary safe for dogs, but it is also very beneficial. The rosemary plant contains excellent nutrients that can do wonders for your dog’s health. In fact, some benefits might surprise you. Some of the best things rosemary can offer are;

  • Digestion support - Rosemary will help your dog absorb micronutrients, and it promotes gut health.
  • Antimicrobial - Rosemary possesses antimicrobial traits, which is why it is often used in ointments and eyewashes. It will protect your dog from fungi and some bacteria.
  • Antioxidants - This plant is absolutely packed with antioxidants. It will help your dog’s body fight the carcinogenic free radicals.
  • Cardiovascular support - One of the best things about this plant is its antispasmodic effect on smooth muscles (heart). It can help with certain arrhythmias, and it will make the heart stronger. 

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HELPFUL TIP: If you have a dog with cardiovascular issues, talk to your vet about including rosemary in your dog’s diet. You should do that every time you want to include something new into your dog’s diet.

Serving ideas

If you think adding some rosemary to your dog’s diet is the right move for you (and your vet said it is OK to do that), you should know how to safely do it. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be bad. If you overfeed your dog on rosemary, chances are, they will get some digestive problems like vomiting or diarrhea. Make sure you control the amount your dog eats, and don’t overdo it.

Here are some of the best ways to include rosemary in your dog’s diet;

  • Mix it with their usual kibble
  • If you grow your own rosemary and you don’t use any insecticides, you can simply pick it and give it to your dog fresh
  • You can cut the rosemary into tiny pieces and mix them in your homemade dog treats. Here are some helpful ideas - Homemade peanut butter dog treats.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: While rosemary can be very beneficial to dogs, you should never feed it to your pregnant or nursing dog. It can cause some adverse reactions in puppies.

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