There are a variety of power foods which are very healthy for dogs. However, what many people may not realize, is that there are just as many herbs which can contribute to your pet’s health and general sense of well-being.

Due to their medicinal properties, people have been using herbs for decades. Rosemary is one such herb, which boasts a variety of benefits. It can be used as a natural preservative, it has anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-cancer properties.

However, rosemary does not only offer humans a variety of benefits, but can benefit your pup’s health too. So, let’s take a look at the benefits which rosemary has to offer:

Natural Preservative

Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, which is well known as a natural preservative, among its other various benefits. Many people grow rosemary in their gardens and it has long been used by humans in food. Rosemary has also been used for many years, as a preservative in commercial dog food, as it is believed to keep food from spoiling.


Rosemary is also well known for its anti-fungal properties, as it contains pathogen-fighting agents, which not only prevents food from spoiling; it also helps on an internal level to combat fungi and bacteria in your pup. It can be used to treat cuts and burns and infection in the mouth.


Rosemary has long been used by humans for the treatment of a sore throat, inflammation and infection and is therefore well known for its antiviral properties. Thus, it should come as no surprise that rosemary also serves as an excellent antiviral agent, when included into our pup’s diet.


There are times when our pups seem to have an odor and this generally occurs when there is a build-up of oils and bacteria on his or her coat. Rosemary can effectively be used as an antibacterial rinse, in order to maintain a healthy skin and coat. It can also be used as an antibacterial rinse to treat the eyes.

You may use rosemary to rinse your pup’s coat after a bath, by following the steps below.

Use one tablespoon of fresh rosemary, or one teaspoon dried rosemary.

Add the rosemary to one pint of boiling water.

Cover the container and allow it to stand for ten minutes.

Then strain the contents and allow it to cool to room temperature.

After (bathing) and the final rinse, you may rinse your pup with the rosemary tincture.

Try to rub this into the coat and then dry your pup off with a towel.

You may use more than one towel, to dry off the excess water and allow him or her to shake off the excess water.

Remember to refrain from excessive bathing and not to use rosemary oil, but fresh or dried rosemary instead. When considering the use of rosemary oil, it is advisable to discuss this with your local Veterinarian before using the oil on your pup.


Apart from all its other amazing benefits, rosemary is also an excellent source of antioxidants. For this very reason, rosemary is also considered to have anti-cancer properties.

Healthy Heart

Rosemary is also considered by humans as a stimulating herb, which has antispasmodic properties. It stimulates the nervous system and can benefit the heart. It can therefore be considered as an aid for animals that are recovering from trauma.

Supports the Digestive System

Rosemary also aids the digestive system, it can help to alleviate indigestion, bad breath and can help to reduce gas and spasms in dogs. Due to its antimicrobial abilities, it is also known to counteract infections in the gastrointestinal and urinary tract.

An Excellent Repellent

Although our pups love being outdoors, running and rolling around in the grass, they are also exposed to ticks, fleas and other bugs. Rosemary is well known as an excellent repellent, which wards off ticks, fleas, mosquito’s and various other bugs. To ward off these unwelcome critters, ensure to plant a rosemary bush in your garden, or you may use the rosemary rinse.

Safety Precautions

If you are considering the use of rosemary oil instead of fresh, organic rosemary, ensure to consult your local Veterinarian to familiarize yourself with its uses and the necessary safety precautions. Also heed caution with the use of rosemary for pregnant dogs.

PetsWell Pantry

After extensive research PetsWell Pantry has come up with a list of amazing super foods, which consists of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, human grade protein, as well as a variety of fresh herbs. All of which we have been including into our freshly prepared, nutritious meals and organic rosemary is no exception.

We take extra special care in the preparation of our foods, which you can use to supplement your pups daily meals. Thus, ensuring that your pup receives the best possible nutrition in the form of healthy, tasty meals!

Love, The PetsWell Team

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