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Can dogs have spices?

It depends. Some spices and herbs are dog-approved and offer possible health benefits. Others are a definite no-no.

Let's start with the good stuff, the herbs and spices that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. These include basil, cinnamon, ginger, parsley and turmeric, peppermint, sage, dill, and anise seeds. Each has its own superpower, but as a group can help with digestion, arthritis, bad breath, and even diabetes. With many pet parents opting to make their own dog food, it's not uncommon for these ingredients to be lightly sprinkled on top or added to a recipe.

Now, for the dangerous ones. The following herbs and spices might be small, but they pack a mighty bad punch. Symptoms can range from vomiting and diarrhea to digestive discomfort, weakness, tremors, and in some instances death. Avoid garlic,  garlic powder, chives, onion powder, salt, nutmeg, paprika, pepper, mace, tea tree oil, and yuca.

Suspect your pet has ingested a toxic herb or spice? Call your vet or animal poison control at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
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askPurrch information is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your veterinarian with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your pet’s specific nutritional or health needs. Always ask your veterinarian before feeding your pet anything new.
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ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

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Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances

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Pet Poison Control Hotline
A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Hotline: (800) 213-6680

Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances