Can dogs eat Oregano?

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Benefits

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  • Although oregano has been listed as mildly toxic by the ASPCA, it is relatively safe for a dog and even offers some health benefits in small quantities.
  • Oregano contains carvacrol and thymol, which are chemical compounds that kill harmful bacteria and microorganisms. They also help in the treatment of canine diseases caused by parasites and viruses.
  • Oregano contains antioxidants and cancer-fighting polyphenols that protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals and reduce inflammation, helping dogs' arthritis.
  • It is also known to benefit patients with UTIs and certain heart problems.

Risks

health-risks
  • Oregano is mildly toxic to dogs and may cause gastrointestinal disturbance when ingested. Symptoms of oregano poisoning include vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, and ulcers.
  • Oregano extract or oregano oil is too concentrated and is highly toxic to dogs.
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Servings

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  • Finely chop a couple of fresh oregano leaves and sprinkle them on top of your dog's food. You can also sprinkle a pinch of dried oregano on your dog's meal.
  • Diluted oregano oil can be used topically to treat skin rashes and wounds. Make sure that you dilute it first with a carrier oil that is safe for dogs, like olive oil or coconut oil. Dilute two drops of oregano oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil.
  • Avoid giving oregano to diabetic dogs or dogs with bleeding disorders.
  • Always get professional advice from a veterinarian before using a plant medicinally for your dog.

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