Your dog’s health is your number one priority. Come on, we love our canines and we always want the best for them, don’t we? One of the best ways to show love to your dog is ensuring that it gets the best meals.
While they are known to be carnivorous, is there a possibility that you can feed your dog on herbs? This article will help you understand the health benefits of sage to your dog.
What is Sage?
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Before moving forward with anything, let us make sure that we are on the same page. Also referred to as garden, broad leaf, or culinary, sage is a woody perennial plant that falls under the Lamiaceae family.
The herb is aromatic and can be used to produce sage oil, which is used for cooking and flavoring beverages.
Is Sage Safe for Your Dog?
Can dogs eat sage? This is a question that I receive so many times. Well, the outright answer for this question is; yes, sage is good for your dog. All the parts of a sage plant starting from the stems to the leaves and flowers are edible.
However, even though there have been no cases of side effects or any sort of harm to dogs, sage should be administered in moderation. As we all know, too much of something is poisonous. In the same spirit, too much sage is not ideal for your dog.
The Health Benefits of Sage
Sage would not be beneficial to your dog if it didn’t possess any health benefits. Here are the major ones:
1. It is Full of Nutrients
This herb is rich in minerals such as calcium, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. Moreover, studies have shown that it possesses vitamin A, E, and K. All these nutrients are perfect for enhancing the well-being of your dog.
2. Facilitates Smooth Digestion
Most edible herbs have fiber that aids in digestion and sage is not different. By feeding your dog on this herb, you improve its digestion and reduces the chances of stomach upset and constipation. In some cases, sage may also prevent bloating.
As it has been proven scientifically, sage has antimicrobial properties that help treat infections, kill bacteria and remove fungal infections from your dog’s digestive tract.
You do not want your dog suffering from any kind of stomach issues. If taking sage can keep your dog healthy, so be it!
3. Relieves Pain From Inflammations
We all know how painful inflammations can be for humans. Now imagine the pain that your dog goes through when it has an inflammation from injury or arthritis! Tough, right? Well, sage contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve the pain of inflammation from your dog.
4. Contains Antioxidants
Peroxidase and superoxide are some of the antioxidants contained in sage stems. By feeding your dog on these herbs, it stays free from having damaged cells. Healthy cells are crucial for your dog’s well-being.
5. Can Prevent Some Allergic Reactions and Symptoms
If your dog suffers from occasional allergies, sage might be your perfect go-to option. It contains rosmarinic acid, which is helpful in dealing with the symptoms that come with allergic reactions.
6. It Can Boost Your Dog’s Memory
Just like humans, your dog deserves good memory too! When your dog is in the perfect mental condition, it will be very alert, calm and full of strength. Fortunately, feeding your canine on sage helps it acquire all these traits.
7. Sage Has Helpful Properties
Vets certify that there are antimicrobial and astringent properties that come with consuming sage. For instance, the properties are capable of healing small wounds and stopping your dog from bleeding. The properties also ensure that your dog is in perfect oral condition.
Directions for Use
You also need to prepare the herbs to conditions that are safe for your dog to ingest. Take a portion of your dry or fresh sage leaves, chop them finely and mix them with your dog’s food. The amount of sage per meal will depend on the size of your dog.
For a medium-sized dog, a teaspoon of the herbs should be enough.
How Much is Too Much?
In as much as sage comes with plenty of health benefits to your dog, its intake has to be controlled and monitored. Giving too much herbs to your dog will cause stomach upsets and deprivation of other nutrients and minerals that are not contained in the herbs.
When to Stop
As aforementioned, too much herbs can be harmful to your dog. In that case, it is crucial to know when to stop feeding your dog with those.
Some of the signs to look out for include:
Stomach upsets. If your dog is unwell after taking a meal, chances are the meal contained something unsuitable.
Lack of appetite. At first, your dog will always finish the food provided. As time goes by, you might notice that the dog is no longer interested in your meals. Chances are, the herbs are now too much.
Sage is perfect for dogs but only if administered in the right quantities. The herbs have nutrients and minerals that make your dog healthy. They also have properties that can reduce inflammation, boost memory, and improve digestion. Also, sage has antioxidants that keep your dog’s body cells healthy.
However, even with these health benefits, too much sage can be dangerous for your dog. You have to know when to give and when to stop. Always ensure that your dog has a balanced diet in every meal.