Why Your Dog May Be Eating Plants………
Does your dog like to nibble on your plants? Is this behavior frequent or does it occasionally occur? Some plants may be harmful for dogs to ingest but there are also plants that are very beneficial to dogs as well.
Sometimes the food or medication that we give our pets may not be the best thing for them. Because our dogs are of different breeds and are various ages, they all have a myriad of needs that some plants can aid in. In Callianne Bachman’s article entitled “7 Beneficial Herbs to Grow For Your Dog”, she lists seven different plants that are healthful to a dog’s well-being. These beneficial plants include chamomile, parsley, sage, dandelion, rosemary, echinacea, and fennel. These are all herbs we are already somewhat familiar with.
As many of us know, chamomile has soothing properties that can aid in your puppies teething process when made into a tea. It can also ease anxiety which can improve sleep as well as assist in better digestion. Parsley, much like sage, can also help with digestion when added to our dog’s food by settling their stomachs and balancing their pH levels.
I’m sure many of you have seen our dogs chewing on the dandelion plant. You can rest easy that these plants are helping your dog’s health instead of harming your curious canine. Like parsley, dandelioncontains potassium which aids the function of the kidneys. If your dog has kidney issues, dandelionscan also act as a diuretic to increase the production of liquid wastes.
Rosemary, which many of us use in our cooking, can act as an anti-fungal, antiseptic and antibacterial, and is also great for their skin. Since this plant doesn’t last long indoors, having some rosemary on your patio or in your yard is best for the plant to flourish.
Many of us are also familiar with echinacea and fennel as well. Echinacea can be used to boost your dog’s immune system, decrease inflammation, and can even fight infections from snakebites. Lastly, fennel seeds can improve digestion as well as rid your dog of intestinal parasites. With that being said, you want to make sure that you are monitoring the plants that your dog ingests because they can still consume very harmful plants too.
I . n Hannah Gilman’s article, “The 11 Most Poisonous Plants for Dogs”, she lists 11 harmful plants that your dog should steer clear of, two of which are aloe vera and ivy. Of course we try to stay away from ivy ourselves because it can cause us to break out in rashes but it can also cause your dog to have breathing difficulties, or worse, lead to paralysis or a coma, depending on the dog and the amount that was consumed. However, we use aloe vera in many of our skincare products. This is fine to use on your dogs as a topical gel, but they should avoid ingesting the plant because it could disturb their digestive system.
In order to create a safe environment for our fur babies, here are five steps to take to get started:
- Observe your dog’s behavior. Are they eating certain plants or all plants? Is this behavior often or occasional? Is your dog showing other abnormal behaviors?
- Talk to your vet. Every dog is different and each pup requires certain needs, so ask your doctor if it’s ok for Rocky to eat these plants.
- Get your dog tested. Affordable Pet Testing is non-invasive and only requires 10-15 strands of your dog’s hair. They test for over 100 environmental items and the results are emailed no later than 7 business days!
- Do your research and examine your household and yard plants. Rid your house or keep your dog out of reach of harmful plants like aloe vera.
- Incorporate beneficial plants. Once again, talk to your vet and make sure that these plants are especially safe for YOUR pet. Also, monitor how their bodies react to the plants.
Follow these 5 easy steps and watch your dog’s overall health flourish! Your pet will thank you!