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Home Journal A Guide to Dog-Friendly Herbs for Your Garden

Whether you have a large garden space, a small outdoor plot, or just a windowsill, you can grow a herb garden that both you and your dog can enjoy. Herbs can be a natural addition to your dog's diet and wellness routine. Many herbs have medicinal properties that can help with digestion, anxiety, and skin health.

We’ve selected our favourite dog friendly herbs below. Most of these plants are simple to grow and inexpensive to boot. Even better, many can double as home remedies for you as well



Freshens breath
Rich in vitamins A, C, and K
Supports kidney health

Growing Tips:
Parsley thrives in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight. It’s a hardy herb that can be grown in pots or directly in the ground. Regular harvesting encourages new growth.


Aids digestion
Soothes upset stomachs
Freshens breath

Growing Tips:
Mint is an easy-to-grow herb that prefers partial shade and moist soil. It can be invasive, so consider planting it in a container to prevent it from spreading too much.


Anti-inflammatory properties
Rich in antioxidants
Supports overall health

Growing Tips:
Basil loves warm weather and should be planted in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Pinch off the flower heads to encourage bushier growth.


Antimicrobial and antifungal properties
Supports respiratory health
Rich in vitamins and minerals

Growing Tips:
Thyme is a drought-tolerant herb that prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It’s a low-maintenance herb that can be harvested throughout the growing season.


Improves digestion
Enhances memory and concentration
Contains antioxidants

Growing Tips:
Rosemary requires plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil. It can be grown in containers or directly in the garden. Prune regularly to maintain its shape and promote growth.


Calming and soothing properties
Aids digestion
Anti-inflammatory effects

Growing Tips:
Chamomile prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Harvest the flowers when they are fully open and dry them for use in teas or tinctures.

How to Use Herbs for Your Dog

Fresh Additions: Chop fresh herbs and add them to your dog’s food in small amounts. Start with a pinch to ensure your dog likes the taste and tolerates it well.

Herbal Teas: Steep fresh or dried herbs in hot water, let the tea cool, and then add a small amount to your dog’s water bowl.

Herbal Treats: Incorporate chopped herbs into homemade dog treats for added health benefits and flavour.

Safety Considerations

While many herbs are beneficial, it’s important to introduce them gradually and monitor your dog for any adverse reactions. Always consult with your veterinarian before adding new herbs to your dog’s diet, especially if your dog has any underlying health conditions or is on medication.

Harvesting Your Herbs

It’s best to harvest your herbs in the early morning, when the essential oils are at their most abundant. Try not to pick all of your herb’s bigger leaves right away, as they act as the plant’s power station. Take a mixture of small, new leaves, and big older ones when you go picking.

A Guide to Dog-Friendly Herbs for Your Garden