Ever had a gassy pup that has burped or passed some gas around you? Well, we feel your pain, and we have a little something for you!
Rosemary is an extremely useful herb. It has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. It was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth. The herb is packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds to keep your pooch and you feeling fit and strong. Rosemary is also known for its abilities in the digestive system, especially when it comes to gas, indigestion and other related problems. And because of its antimicrobial abilities, it can come in handy for gastrointestinal infections.
What’s more? It can be used as a rinse to promote Shiny Hair Growth and keep dandruff and fleas at bay!
Here are some of its benefits:
There’s a reason rosemary is so popular as a dog food preservative. According to Herbs for Pets, rosemary is a great pathogen-fighter against common food bacteria, meaning it can help keep food from spoiling. And those pathogen-fighting capabilities extend to your pet’s body, where it can help against various fungi and bacteria. Because of rosemary’s antimicrobial prowess, it can be used in antibacterial skin or eye rinses, to help with minor cuts and burns, and for infections in the mouth area, urinary and digestive tracts.
Rosemary also contains antioxidants, which means it can help neutralize cell-damaging free radicals in the body – obviously a good thing. An overabundance of free radicals and resulting cell damage has been linked to age-related illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Heart Health Promoter
Because of its antispasmodic (spasm preventing) abilities on smooth muscles, rosemary can also help the heart in some cases of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as to generally strengthen the heart. This could be helpful for animals recovering from a traumatic event, according to Herbs for Pets.
Got a dog that can clear the room after a hearty meal? Rosemary is also known for its abilities in the digestive system, especially when it comes to gas, indigestion and other related problems. And because of its antimicrobial abilities, it can come in handy for gastrointestinal infections.
One of the greatest challenges for a dog parent can be keeping pests off of adventurous pets. Running on grass and tromping through bushes may be your dog’s favorite pastime, but it also leaves him vulnerable to ticks and fleas and other undesirable bugs. Rosemary is an herb often cited for its ability to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitos and other bugs. Plant a rosemary bush as part of your garden to help repel bugs and you can also make your own rosemary rinse.
Glossy Coat & Flea Repellent Conditioner
Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, and Susan Hubble Pitcairn, offers this rosemary conditioner for a glossy coat and as a flea repellant:
1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary)
1 pint boiling water
Mix rosemary into boiled water and steep for 10 minutes with container covered. Strain contents and allow to cool to body temperature. Pour it over your dog after his final rinse during his bath. Rub in the conditioner and towel dry without rinsing. Use several towels to blot off any excess water left on your dog’s coat, and allow him to shake the water off.