Parsley isn’t just a colorful garnish on the side of your plate. In fact, if you’re wondering can dogs eat parsley just like you? Wonder no more. They certainly can eat parsley and should have it in their diets.
Is Parsley Good for Dogs?
Yes, it is. This vibrant herb does more than adorn your plate of food. Parsley is valued as a breath freshener. It’s also packed with chlorophyll (one cup of parsley contains 38.0 mg of chlorophyll). Chlorophyll has a lot of benefits for you and your dog.
Parsley is a nutritional powerhouse. It has large amounts of vitamin K, along with healthy amounts of vitamins C and A, and iron.
Here’s why parsley is good for dogs.
What Are The Benefits Of Parsley For Dogs?
There are several benefits of parsley for dogs. Here are 3 of them.
Parsley is considered a powerful diuretic, which may help arthritic dogs suffering from poor waste elimination. 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.
2. Urinary Tract Infection
Also because of its diuretic abilities, parsley may be helpful for urinary tract infections. 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 (1).
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 (2). 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.
Is Parsley Safe For Dogs?
Parsley is generally safe in dried, fresh or tea forms (4). However, avoid using the seeds since they may be toxic to pets in large amounts.
How Much Parsley Can I Give My Dog?
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.
Parsley is another of nature’s herbs that is a valuable addition to your dog’s diet … on the road to better health.
1. Wahba, NM, et al. Antimicrobial effects of pepper, parsley, and dill and their roles in the microbiological quality enhancement of traditional Egyptian Kareish cheese. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2010 Apr, 7(4):411-8.
2. Hyder, Salman, et al. Apigenin Induces Apoptosis and Blocks Growth of Medroxyprogesterone Acetate-Dependent BT-474 Xenograft Tumors. Hormones and Cancer. 160–171 (2012).
3. Tilford, Gregory L., Mary L. Wulff. Herbs for Pets.