The telltale, fragrant smell of rosemary at a garden gate is as inviting as a summer day. If you have rosemary plants around your home and you have pets, you may be concerned about their safety if they consume the plant. However, there is good news on that front. According to the ASPCA, rosemary is completely non-toxic to dogs and cats. Not only will it not harm your pets, rosemary can also be utilized for a wide variety of uses, which we will now explore.
Traditional Uses for Rosemary
An herb that is used to flavor a variety of different delectable dishes, rosemary is commonly used to season meat or vegetables. Some also drink it on its own in the form of herbal tea.
When diffused in the air as an essential oil, its fresh aroma can be used to enliven the senses and even improve brain function.
When applied topically, rosemary oil stimulates hair growth in humans. In addition to this, if rubbed into sore muscles, rosemary oil can help to reduce joint inflammation.
Now that we know what rosemary oil can do for people, let’s see how it is used for dogs.
Benefits of Rosemary for Dogs
Rosemary oil is sometimes used as a natural preservative in dog food, as it has naturally occurring antimicrobial properties. Along with its fresh scent, this quality makes it a welcome addition to dog shampoos and other topical products.
High in antioxidants, when taken internally, your dog will benefit from iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. This will help to build a strong immune system in your canine.
Rosemary is also helpful in supporting proper digestion, in that it helps to address issues such as gas and indigestion.
Rosemary oil contains strong flea repellant properties. Using it is a natural, non-toxic way to fight off fleas when made into a spray or shampoo. To ward off fleas with rosemary, you can purchase commercial products that contain rosemary, or create your own products at home.
Giving Rosemary to Your Dog
Be sure to never use undiluted rosemary essential oil on your dog’s skin, as it can be irritating and contains the potential to be ingested. Instead, apply a few drops to your dog’s collar and bedding.
Feel free to add fresh rosemary leaves to your dog’s food to season it. You may also choose to grind them up into a fine powder if you like.
Adding rosemary oil to your dog’s water is something you should NOT do. Instead of using rosemary essential oil, use a small amount of fresh rosemary or rosemary tea.
If your dog is pregnant, under 12 weeks of age, or has a history of seizures, giving rosemary is NOT recommended. In addition to this, check with your veterinarian before giving your dog a commercial food that contains rosemary. Some dogs may experience an allergic reaction to rosemary and may vomit. If this happens, consult your veterinarian.