There are a few good reasons to get some parsley into your pups diet. This humble under the radar herb is one of the best disease fighters in your kitchen.
It’s available practically all year round, or use dried. It has a number of inner and outer health benefits and that includes beauty pluses too for our furry friends.
[Dogs can live and survive without the presence of green leafy fare, there is only one catch… they will never be totally healthy. Their lives will be short, disease-ridden and painful]. Quoted from Dr Ian Billinghurst – Give Your Dog A Bone.
The high amount of Vitamin C in parsley nourishes the skin, fur and heals scar tissue.
It not only improves skin elasticity, which battles wrinkles and speeds up the wound healing process. This is due to parsley containing high levels of beta carotene which coverts to Vitamin A.
Other bonuses include:
- Eliminates bad breath
- Boosts energy
- Improves circulatlion
- Promotes skin regeneration
- Good for brain health
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Zinc – controls skin inflammation
- contains minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, copper
- contains high levels of antioxidants
Our Woof Fresh treats contain parsley, along with mint, activated charcoal and essential oil of spearmint.
You could add some finely chopped parsley to some minced chuck steak,
I added a Table spoon of Neem powder to help fight off those nasty gut parasites. Plus Neem is great for skin irritations and has many other health benefits.
Literally – just mince some red meat such as beef, lamb or kangaroo and add the chopped parsley and roll into balls and serve as part of your dog’s main meal.
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 Tbsp Neem powder (available health food/Indian store)
500g minced red meat of choice – I used organic beef (chuck steak)
Place in a kitchen blender using the chopping blade – mince, then roll into balls.
Handy to store in the freezer to bring out as a snack or hide unpleasant tasting medication in.
Another idea, you could even add some parsley seed oil and make a paw balm, along with an essential oil (as long it is a SAFE essential oil GRAS for dogs – like ginger or chamomile, spearmint).
You may like to check out our paw balm (Pawsturizer) here.
DIY PAW BALM
Glass jar (250 ml) with tight fitting lid
20g Shea oil
20 g coconut oil
20g bees wax
5 drops of parsley seed oil (optional)
5 drops of GRAS dog safe essential oil
Create a double boiler by placing the glass jar inside a saucepan. Pour water into saucepan to half way up jar. Set on stove top to heat and maintain at a simmer.
Add the above first 4 ingredients, stirring with a wooden skewer until melted and combined.
Turn off heat and remove allowing to cool slightly, add your chosen essential oil. When cold, seal with lid.
Alternately, you may like to pour into smaller jars and give small pots as gifts to a pawsome pup for a birthday or Gotcha day gift
Store in a cool dry place will keep for 12 months+