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The Canine Nutritionist

About caraway seeds

Caraway is a biennial plant native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. Also known as meridian fennel, caraway is a member of the celery, carrot and parsley family. Our canine companions can eat all of those, but what about caraway seeds for dogs?

Strictly speaking, caraway seeds are not actually seeds at all. They are in fact the dry fruit of the caraway plant. But do our dogs care? Not a jot. They don’t even seem overly concerned that caraway seeds were once used to ward away witches. On the other hand, maybe that’s why they like them so much!

Nutrients in caraway seeds

Traditionally used as a cooking ingredient for everything from bread and cakes to desserts and casseroles, caraway seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, soluble and insoluble dietary fibre. They are particularly rich in iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium.

Benefits of caraway seeds for dogs

Caraway seeds for dogs offer your best friend a whole host of benefits:

  • They’re considered a warming herb. This makes them good news for canine muscle health
  • They’re beneficial to the digestive system
  • They can help detoxify the body
  • They have the ability to reduce cholesterol
  • They’re rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants
  • They’re considered an anti-aging herb

Oh, and they taste nice too. A bit like aniseed which dogs absolutely love!

So, whatever way you look at it, caraway seeds have a lot to offer your dog. As a canine nutritionist who makes homemade food for his dogs, I regularly add them to my dogs meals. They also feature in my recipes.

I recommend you try adding caraway seeds to your dog’s food!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


  1. ZUZANA Stvrtecky

    I thought caraway seeds were toxic for dogs? My puppy has vomitted for 2 days and I suspected it was caraway seed in pork as this was the only different ingredient in her diet.

    • Gerald Pepin, The Canine Nutritionist

      I’m sorry to hear of your dog’s problem. While there are those who claim that caraway seeds are toxic for dogs, there is no scientific evidence to support the fact. Some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field, including Gregory Tilford, say that there are no issues with dogs and caraway seeds. I regularly include them in the food of my own dogs and have never had a problem.


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