Here at Vital Planet, we love dogs and cats, good food, good bacteria and of course, family, friends and each other. We also have a hydroponic farm where we grow organic greens, tomatoes (when we’re lucky), and a wide array of lovely herbs. That means we have oregano for dogs, and other seasonings too!
With all that in mind, we’ve decided to have fun and bring you a regular series called “Healthy Gut Recipes for the Whole Family”.
You can look forward to EASY to prepare, filled with “good stuff” foods that will be great for both you and your canine, and occasionally we’ll even suggest some good fixin’s for your feline.
Homemade dog food recipes – health and safety first!
Almost any recipe, at least ones that you and I would enjoy, are made uniquely delicious using herbs, spices,
So let’s take a look in this post at the seasonings we’ll be using regularly. We’ve linked them to research that supports their addition to your dog’s food. Additionally, we identify the common ones that we will only use sparingly.
Good Herbs and Spices for All!
We’d like to make the distinction here that we are using these herbs and spices as ingredients in recipes – not for medicinal purposes. So of course, they will be consumed in extremely small amounts. On the links provided, you’ll see that some herbs, usually in larger quantities, can be a great help for specific health issues. Those benefits are often the same ones that the herb may provide for humans too!
We particularly wanted to make sure the herbs from our own garden, like oregano, basil, cilantro, dill, and parsley were good additions to the canine diet. They are! The various plants offer health benefits ranging from antioxidants and vitamins to digestive support and even cancer prevention! Check out the ones you like best!
Garden Herbs like Oregano for Dogs
Ginger for Dogs – especially great for your aging friend:
- Immune support
- Cancer prevention
Turmeric for Dogs – check out these properties:
- Cancer prevention
- Wound healing
It’s no wonder that turmeric supplements are so popular today – for both humans and dogs!
To use sparingly
Garlic for Dogs (and Cats)
Garlic for dogs can be a confusing topic. On one hand, there are enthusiasts who tout tremendous benefits. They range from immune system and cardiovascular support to repelling fleas. Others feel that it may be dangerous. We found the information provided here to be well-researched and clear. Again, I’d like to remind you that the amount of garlic in our recipes will be extremely small per serving.
Cinnamon for Dogs
Unsafe for Pets – no need to add in to our recipes
Salt for Dogs
We all require salt. Humans and pets alike. However, once again moderation is the key. According to the federal government’s official dietary guidelines, the average adult should ingest a maximum of 2300 mg of sodium per day. That’s approximately equal to one teaspoon of salt daily. To clarify, that’s the amount of salt in all foods eaten for an entire 24 hours. By the way, only 500 mg is actually needed to perform bodily functions. Sadly, it’s estimated that the average person actually consumes 3,400 mg daily which very well may account, in large part, for many cardiovascular issues in our society today. We’re not here to belabor that point, however.
How much salt for your four-legged companion?
Contrast that to a dog’s daily requirement. It’s suggested that healthy dogs weighing 33 pounds should consume no more than 100 mg of sodium a day, according to the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council. In most cases, that amount of sodium is provided in your dog’s food. So let’s think about this together. If an entire teaspoon of salt contains 2300 mg, then the dog mentioned above would only need a tiny little bit of salt, less than a pinch, for optimum function.
That’s why you don’t want to feed Fido chips, pretzels, crackers, and processed meats, all things high in sodium! Don’t be fooled by how much he likes salty foods. Just like most humans, dogs love salt too! That’s also why our recipes won’t be containing added salt, with one interesting exception that I’ll explain in the future (hint, fermentation).
Do you read dog food labels? Learn here how to use “salt” to understand what is actually in your buddy’s food. Really interesting article!
We can work with these!
This short list of seasonings will guide us as we cook together for the entire family. It’s also not a bad idea to remember this list when we prepare for our daily personal life as well! Herbs and spices make excellent substitutes for salt when given a chance.
Of course, as with humans, any pet (or person) can be allergic to anything. Additionally, if anyone in your family has medical issues, always check with your doctor before making any additions to your dietary routine.
For your Dog – Rule of thumb: When in doubt, ask your dog’s veterinarian if you question an ingredient or notice any type of gastric or other disturbance as you add in foods. In an emergency when your veterinarian cannot be reached you should contact your local animal emergency clinic or call the animal poison hotline or ASPCA Animal Poison Hotline at 888-426-4435.