About parsley

A species of flowering plant native to the Mediterranean and related to celery and carrots, parsley has been used as a culinery herb for thousands of years. More than that, it is one of the most versatile medicinal herbs on the planet.

To most people it’s simply a garnish, but parsley has so much more to offer our dogs than that!

Nutrients in parsley

Parsley is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals. In particular it’s a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and vitamin E. It’s also a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, sodium, zinc and phosphorus. In particular, parsley is rich in vitamins C and K.

Benefits of parsley for dogs

Parsley is well known for keeping a dog’s breath fresh. It can be helpful in preventing kidney and bladder infections and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also be beneficial to dogs with digestive tract issues and may even help with arthritis. On top of all that, it is believed that parsley can help in fighting canine cancer.

Don’t give your dog parsley if she is likely to be pregnant though. And don’t give any dog parsley if he or she suffers from kidney problems.

Parsley is highly beneficial to dogs, but stick to either fresh parsley or dried parsley. Do not give your dog parsley seed or parsley essential oil. And, as always, moderation is the key. Definitely worthy of a permanent place in your dog’s homemade dog food pantry. Consider adding a sprinkle of freshly chopped or dried parsley to your dog’s food once or twice a week for extra goodness and flavour.

In summary

Breath freshener, bladder & kidney infection preventative, anti-inflammatory properties which may benefit arthritis sufferers, cancer-fighting properties, good digestive health. As a canine nutritionist, I thoroughly recommend parsley for dogs!

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Dog food seasoning

Parsley forms part of my unique Dog Food Seasoning, a blend of herbs and spices which provide natural vitamins and minerals for dogs.

Hand crafted by myself and my team here in rural Somerset, it includes Basil, Cleavers, Dandelion Greens, Dill Weed, Mint Leaves, Oregano, Parsley, Plantain, Rosemary and Thyme.

And, unlike other so-called ‘natural’ dog food seasonings, my dog food seasoning is genuinely 100% natural. Blended not manufactured. Naturally dried, not highly processed. It’s a herbal supplement for dogs that can truly claim to be just the way Mother Nature intended!

Parsley in homemade dog treats

Parsley is worth adding to your dog’s diet in any way that you can. A further way to add parsley to the diet of your dog is to reward your best friend with a homemade dog treat mix which has parsley as an ingredient.

Fishy Dog Training Treats from The Dog Chef include parsley, nutritional yeast and turmeric, all of which are hugely beneficial to the health of your best friend. I recommend you give them a try!

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.

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