We are all used to having meals with different flavors and tastes. No meal is complete without spice whether processed or herbal. Our loyal fluffy friends eat what we eat and they love the food. But is all that is good for us good for the dog? Dill is among the many herbs used in flavoring food.
Dill is an all-around aromatic herb with fragrant properties notable. Just like in humans, dill is an important natural spice to dogs. Its leaves and seeds are beneficial. You can pick the leaves and store them in the fridge wrapped in a damp paper or Mason jar with water.
To get the seeds, you need to cut the flower head from the stalks as the plant start to ripen. Dry the heads for a week before plucking the seeds from the stems.
Research has shown that a teaspoon of dill seeds contains magnesium, iron, zinc, niacin A, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, thiamine, potassium, riboflavin, amino acid variety, and dietary fiber.
It also helps in the production of enzymes that fights cancer. Dill helps in eliminating carcinogenic chemicals from the body. Research has shown that just like garlic, the dill contains antibacterial qualities. Dill is not allergic to the dog and has no significant amount of purines and oxalates.
How to give your dog dill
There are so many ways to give your fluffy friend dill. One of them is tea. For humans, this is uncommon but, for the dog, dill seed tea is effective. To prepare it, you need eight ounces of water and a teaspoon of the seed drill. Brew the mixture and boil. Wait for the tea to cool and give the dog. Some dogs don’t like the tea taste, you can add unsalted broth to improve the taste.
In general, we know that tea is hurtful to the dogs. However, dill tea is herbal with no caffeine and is safe for pets.
Alternatively, you can give the pet dill leaves whether dry, fresh and cooked. The most important thing to remember is to maintain an amount of a teaspoon or less. Start by washing the leaves, chop, and sprinkle over the dog’s food. You can also add in your homemade treats.
Health benefits of dill
Breath freshener – it is obvious that dill gives your dog a fresh breath since it comes from the parsley family. Dill weed contains antibacterial powers that work on bad breath caused by gingivitis and bacteria. If your pet has bad morning breath, giving him or her crunch some dill.
Antioxidant – antioxidant components such as flavonoid, vicenin and kaempferol are found in dill. Kaempferol has significant health benefits like anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, and anti-diabetic.
Vicenin is vital in protecting the chromosomes and cell from oxygen-based damage. Dill also Prevents free radical and radiation damage. By giving your dog dill, it can’t suffer from diseases caused by free radical damage.
Such diseases include organ, joint disease, and chronic illnesses like cancer. Antioxidants are the remedy to control free radicals.
Digestion aid – we all know how slow digestion makes us feel. It is not different from the dog. Adding dill to the pet’s diet will help indigestion. Those dogs that eat anything they come across, benefit more. Dills contain anti-foaming properties that help calm the digestive system. Flatulence in your dog is reduced by antispasmodic properties found in dill.
Some dogs suffer from bladder and kidney stones. The use of dill as part of a dog’s meal will help dissolve the accumulation of uric acid that causes bladder stones.
Pets are susceptible to worms, which may be due to eating different things both raw and cooked. Giving your dog dill seeds will help dispel intestinal worms and treat chronic constipation.
Apart from consuming it internally, dill can be used externally. Its juice can be applied to the skin to heal skin rash, inflammation and irritation. You can also make a rinse using dill, yarrow, and feverfew flowers and use it on the dog to prevent fleas. Carvone, a natural chemical found in dill has the power to act as natural insecticides.
Measures to consider
ASPCA has some evidence showing that with long time exposure to dill, dogs may experience dermatitis. The long exposure period can be controlled and preventable. Apart from that, dogs have always responded well dill weed treatment. There are more remedies based on dill to treat inflammation.
There no other side effects of using dill for dogs. Just like we people have different tastes and preferences, some dogs too don’t like the taste of dill. This is because the flavors and aromas in the dill are not that sweet tastings. The unsalted broth is added to mitigate this problem.
In conclusion, it is okay to give your dog dill. It is a safe herb for dogs whether seeds, fresh or dried leaves. Your dog will benefit health-wise by having smooth digestion, fresh breath, and others more benefits.