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Next time you go out to eat, pay a little more attention to that green, and often ignored, little garnish on the side of your plate… yes, parsley!

Why Is Parsley Good For My Dog?

This vibrant herb does more than adorn your plate of food. In addition to its more popular attribute as a breath freshener, it is packed with chlorophyll (one cup of parsley contains 38.0 mg of chlorophyll) and we know how good this green pigment is for us and our dogs…

Learn more about how chlorophyll is good for dogs, here

Plus, parsley is quite the nutritional powerhouse, including large amounts of vitamin K, along with healthy amounts of vitamins C and A, and iron.

Learn more about nutritional herbs for dogs, here.

Here are three more ways parsley can benefit your dog:

Arthritis

Parsley is considered a powerful diuretic, which may help arthritic dogs suffering from poor waste elimination (Herbs for Pets by Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff). In addition, the large amounts of vitamin K in itself may be helpful against rheumatoid arthritis since, according to the Arthritis Foundation, studies suggest the vitamin destroys inflammatory cells contributing to the disease.

Urinary Tract Infection

Also because of its diuretic abilities, parsley may be helpful for urinary tract infections – the idea is that the bad bacteria gets flushed out of the bladder because urination is increased. Its antimicrobial qualities may also be of help against the bacteria causing the infection.

Cancer

A 2012 study at the University of Missouri found that apigenin, found in parsley, shows promise as treatment for an aggressive type of breast cancer in humans. The apigenin actually shrank tumors in a group of mice. Parsley also contains myricetin, a flavonol that has been linked to potentially helping prevent skin cancer.

How To Use

Parsley is generally safe in dried, fresh or tea forms, according to Herbs for Pets; however, avoid using the seeds since they may be toxic to pets in large amounts.

Herbs for Pets recommends:

For arthritis, you can make a tea of the dried or freshly grated root. Give 1-2 tablespoons of the tea per day to your dog. You can also give in tincture form at 1-2 milliliters per 30 pounds of weight.

For urinary issues or as a nutritional boost, use a vegetable juicer or a blender to turn the fresh leaves into a “green soup.” You’ll need to fill the blender halfway and add water if you don’t have a juicer. Feed 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds preferably on an empty stomach. But if that doesn’t work, try adding it to your dog’s water. If that still doesn’t work, then you can try adding it to his food.