Can Dandelions grow in Natural Dog Gardening?

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Are dandelions grown in natural dog gardening areas? Do you think they are an herb or a weed? Why eat them? Yes dogs can eat them too.  Bitter or sweet taste? How should we use them?  Today we are going to put our ear against the door and hear Molly, Carol's dog, having a loud talk. Okay it's an argument.  Molly can't understand why she has to eat dandelions. She said it's a weed. Mom says it's an herb. Both are right.  It's sounding like they are ready for a boxing match.  I wish you could hear what I am hearing now.   Please don't tell them I told you anything.  Mom just told Molly "if you don't like living here you can leave and, don't let the door hit you in the face." 

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Molly can smell the dandelions. No desire to eat. 

Oh my gosh.  Molly just said "I hate your homemade meals."  Now that's a blow below the belt because mom is so concerned her darling should be well fed. It's like a slap in the face too.  Imagine?  She doesn't want to have dandelions in her food either. She's complaining about how she has to turn into a health food nut dog just because her mom shops at Whole Foods and is a nut.  Now Molly is telling her mom, forget about the organics.

I just heard mom say: 'I can harvest this because we are 50 feet from the traffic and it is unsprayed in our yard.  It's very good for you Molly".

This is truly free food that comes without planting but can be planted too.  So Molly is not winning in this battle and will be eating this occasionally.


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Beautiful weeds and herb

Why feed a dog dandelions….

Lot of vitamins and minerals found in the roots and leaves which include: 

  • Vitamins D, E, C,  B complex, K, A,
  • Minerals such as calcium, thiamin, lecithin, potassium, iron, choline and riboflavin

Great as a diuretic and liver stimulant

Flowers can be added to dog meal.  Know those pretty ones? Known to help with pain relief. Can use leaves and roots too.

Helps with liver congestion, gallstones, and other forms of liver problems.

Now for people…

Yes, can drink as tea, cleans liver, fresh in salads.

For some of us this annoying weed can be healthy; for others, once they learn it can be their best friend they may have it in their fresh salads like I eat.     

Dog use…

crumble, blend or cut up and put about 1 teaspoon for every 20 pound dog.

Finding it….

Health food store may have it dried, as tincture as a good start.

Molly now realizes her mom cares so much about her so is now is saying "sorry" for being so naughty. 


Are you ready to give your dog some dandelions in her meal?  Can buy fresh at health food store. Go for organics whenever possible. 

Dandelions are also known as a natural herbal dog remedy.  Check this out first in books or other resources before attempting this strong herb.

Going to buy or grow your own now?

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Wags from Molly and Mommy Carol

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Solvita June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

Carol, never knew this…how interesting! Molly gets to enjoy different Vitamins in her diet – what a lucky DOG! ;)

denny hagel June 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Amazing ! You are opening up a new world for my 4 legged babies! Great info always!

Beau Henderson June 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

WOW.  This is brilliant.  I had no idea but have to try it!  Thank you!

Elvie Look June 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

I knew people drank dandelions in their tea and wine, but did not realize the benefits, and how you don't need too much to your diet. Loved your conversation with Molly. I try giving Bailey healthy food, but she has daddy on her side… 2 against 1! :D

Victoria June 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Love this, Carol!  So important that we focus on what's healthy for our pets, and not what the vets necessarily tell us.  I just found out that 3 dogs in my parents' neighbourhood were put down in the last month due to cancer – all dogs that weren't very old and seemingly healthy.  Two were purebreds (a mastiff and a bassett hound) and one was a mixed breed retriever/some sort of large dog cross.  I can't believe it – and it seems very weird to me.  It doesn't seem like anyone in the neighbourhood uses pesticides (there are LOTS of dandelions!), so I can't imagine they all go tinto anything like that.  Have you heard of this?  Clusters of cancer in dogs?  So sad… :o (

michele June 10, 2011 at 6:46 am

Fun post Carol…Love Molly voice ;-)

Carol Giambri June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thanks Michele for comments and enjoying Molly’s voice. It was her first voice as she is coming out of the closet. Hope to let you hear more of her soon on various topics including health, wellness, communication, anger, gardening, etc.

Marie June 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

So much interesting information here, Carol.  I may have to try this with my pup and see how she does with it.

Carol Giambri June 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks Marie for sharing about your pup. Aren’t they precious? Any transition to add in other foods could be foreign to the pup, but with small changes it is workable. I will be writing more dog gardening talk on blog. Have you seen “what’s in dog food..or something like that title? We usually make own food; but, now with a tiny bout, we are glad she is eating. We are being a little flexible, but not compromising our value in purchasing. Feel free to come back to site or email me.

Carol Giambri July 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Right on Organic. Sucking does destroy enamel.

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