Oregano can cause gastrointestinal irritation, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It has thus put oregano in the list of food that have toxicity for dogs.
But small amounts are harmless, said Mydog.com in “Oregano for a Pet Dog? Read This First!” which was reviewed by Doctor Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a veterinary physician. Dr. Cruz, who has three dogs, endorsed the article.
“Oregano is a delicious addition to any dish. It also has plenty of powerful medicinal properties. Do you want to add this herb to your dog’s diet? Whether it is safe is up for debate…We acknowledge that diarrhea and even vomiting are possible, but small amounts are harmless and even healthy,” said Mydog.com
Moderate use for dogs is recommended
Oregano has a lot of uses, Mydog.com said. For one, oregano can specifically help older dogs with arthritis because of its antioxidants. For another, oregano can enhance the taste and aroma of fish, meat, and vegetables whether they are grilled, roasted, or fried.
“Whether your objective is to have a healthier hound or to simply introduce a new taste—your dog can be included assuming you don’t get carried away!,” Mydog.com said.
The great taste is obvious but Mydog.com said oregano can help with a sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and even the common cough.
“Respiratory, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and heartburn and other stomach issues may also respond,” Mydog.com said.
Oregano can even work on infections including urinary tract infection (UTI) and certain heart problems, it added.
Besides treating your dog’s wounds, other applicable skin problems are:
· Insect bites (including bee stings)
· Canker sores
“And again, oregano is a promising supplement for reducing arthritis in dogs (sadly all-too-common),” Mydog.com said.
Uses of oregano oil
Mydog.com warned, however: “The first thing you should know about giving your dog this concentrated leaf extract:
Oil of oregano is way too strong, possibly dangerous, in pure form. It must be well-diluted and, even then, you may have difficulty giving it to your dog—most animals reject the taste.”
You can mix only a small amount of weakened oil of oregano in tea (diluted in water), or simply mix it with your dog’s food.
“Once watered down, it is an antiseptic that prevents the spread of germs. The anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties will reduce bacteria and viruses,” Mydog.com said.
“Oregano is also a topical application for skin rashes and wounds. Last but not least, oregano oil can help to keep a canine’s coat (and skin) looking healthy,” it added.
Do not give pure oil of oregano to your dog, internally or externally (dogs might lick it).
Give only a little oregano diluted in water and then mix a small amount in the dog food.
“For treatment of wounds, as an arthritis supplement, or simply sprinkling it onto food for taste—your dog can benefit and they may even enjoy it. (But) Oregano oil is particularly potent so be especially cautious with the liquid form,” Mydog.com said.