Can natural dog gardening grow herbs?

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Have you thought about natural dog gardening for herbs? Or, have you asked yourself "can I grow herbs for my dog? I had that same question and many others.  Imagine growing these for your personal use too.  I am thinking as a homemade dressing for your salad.  Maybe you are thinking are herbs helpful for the dogs health?

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Yummy parsley surrounded by carrots

Are you confused on where to begin? Could you be saying "no way Carol, I don't have the space or room?" What about indoors?  Should I call my vet first before feeding the pup herbs? Expensive? Organic? Easy or hard? These are questions that others asked too.  So, let's now talk about the precious world of herb gardening for that pooch.

Let me start off saying I believe "organic" is best buying seeds or plants; however, if not available or out of your "budget" then still buy what you can.  Sometimes the word "organic" brings a bigger price tag and who knows the truth with the label on it.   

If you never considered growing an herb garden I am going to share with you why and how to begin.  I am an excellent gardener.  It is fun to see these plants grow from seeds or as purchased plants.  Let's start addressing some of the questions mentioned above now.


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Our pretty girl Molly

Growing Herbs

You can grow some herbs inside or outside depending on your weather or your space. Make sure the soil is well prepared allowing for great drainage and an excellent root system.  You may ask yourself "is parsley an herb?"  Yes it is.  We will be focusing on parsley.  There are other herbs I want to write about but leaving that for another time. Okay? Will this benefit my dog? 

The vet

Of course if you have any concerns about anything you want to feed your dog consult with a professional. I am only the dog owner over 40 years.


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Next time parsley added in

When I consider the benefits of using herbs, such as parsley, I see it as less expensive then spending the money on vet bills for the pup.  Will you ever "get rid" of your vet?  I would say probably not, but less visits and more money in your pocket could be a fringe benefit.

Are all herbs good for my dog?

Right now we are addressing parsley but I have read that garlic is good and then again according to some documentation I heard it is bad. 

Space factor

Planting herbs inside in a container takes very little room and care.  Read either the seed package or nursery stick for further information on lighting conditions which is a big consideration when growing anything.  Outside parsley doesn't require a whole bunch of room, but if you were talking about mint, then it grows like crazy and hard to get rid of.  I don't grow mint.  If I did, container it only. 

Easy or Hard to Grow

Most plants, including herbs, are easy to grow.  Some may require patience and perhaps a second attempt. The key is to have the right soil, water, and lighting. 

Benefits of Parsley

Adding to your dogs food parsley is great for the immune system.  It is said to reduce allergy symptoms and help the kidneys.  Just like humans have parasites, parsley is one way to help the kidneys keep flushing them to get rid of dead parasite "waste" (pooch talk post so for them).  Can you see why some may call it part of the natural dog herbal remedies family? Have you ever heard of   "parsley water?" To make for your dog and put over it's food here's a fast, simple recipe:  

Parsley water

-1 quarter of water

-fresh parsley

-Cook for 3 minutes

-Toss parsley

Store: Cool and freeze in ice cube trays or small containers. Smaller the better for faster thawing and limiting use.   

Use: 1 teaspoon added to the pet food for a dog weighing 10 pounds.  


Can you see the benefits for parsley? It is really easy to grow and if worst case then buy, but choose organics as best choice.  Growing your own most ideal. 

Did you learn some interesting information about the herb, parsley.  Will you be using it soon?  Even if store bought it works well. 

Now also take time out and give your dog a nice daily massage or remember to do it later please.


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Carol Giambri is a back-to-basics person, author, leader, and holistically oriented. Adopting dogs for over 40 years she has found each to be precious and never returned one. Carol is a health nut and converted her husband and dog to eat this way. She chooses to be positive and upbeat refusing to accept the words “impossible" or "can't.” Her dog’s Lupus recovery is a great example of not quitting even when she got gloom reports from three vet clinics.  As a result of her life experiences she is passionate about eating healthy, hunting for edible weeds, and teaching others to live a life fullfiled with dogs, eating well, and encouraging others who need an uplift through her voice. She leads a healthy eating group in her local community for years and called upon when health speakers travel to her area to promote them. Her programs and writings show people how living a simple healthy lifestyle with a dog is fun, easy and delicious without using chemicals. If you think this lifestyle is just about dogs living healthier she says it's also for people whether a dog owner or not.  Carol's vegan days began when her husband had a seizure over 35 years ago, believed he would be healed and was in six weeks. Are you ready for Carol to encourage you and your dog along your journey?




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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

denny hagel May 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

Your articles and advice are absolutely amazing Carol! Thanks for always sharing such useful information…I always learn something new! (BTW Love Molly's necklace!)

Solvita May 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I love that DOG!!! And thanks for sharing useful information Carol! :)

Tamara Golden May 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I think I'll try parsley for my dog – I had no idea it was so valuable!

Donovan May 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thanks Carol. We don't have a dog but growing herbs is something that my wife loves to do. I'll let our neighbours know about the value of herbs for dogs though!

Elvie Look May 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

So timely for me Carol, I am going to make this recipe for Bailey who's kidneys are beginning to fail. Thanks so much! 

Melanie James May 30, 2011 at 4:39 am

interesting read, i didn't know that parsley is healthy for dogs.

michele June 3, 2011 at 4:22 am

I use parsley every day! Thanks Carol ;-)

Carol Giambri June 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Elvie, I know there are natural stuff for sweet Bailey besides this. Molly is having joint lube issues so on natural remedies for that. Should be 100% improve in another week or two read. Hope Bailey gets relief fast. So sorry to read this.

Carol Giambri June 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Donovan I do mix fresh parsley in my dog’s food occasionally. She has a such a strong scent to disguise stuff is getting to be almost impossible. She is also very picky eater. Thanks for sharing this with neighbors. Maybe you will be helping other’s dogs. Yeah.

Carol Giambri June 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Tamara, glad you will try it for your dog. I also learned my dog needs natural remedies for her joints–not parsley. So even for me for years having dogs I am still learning. I would consider only fresh.

Carol Giambri June 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Melanie, I’m still learning so much about dogs even owning for tons of years. Glad it’s a journey.

Carol Giambri June 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

She loves you too Solvita. Please share with your doggie friends.

Carol Giambri June 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Denny, thanks for compliment. Molly does look cute in pearls — never had a diamond to try on her yet. She’s super darling.

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