Famous for its starring role in pesto, basil has a fresh, sweet yet savory taste that both cats and dogs can enjoy. Read on and discover the benefits that this herb offers to our furkids’ health.
How healthy is basil?
Labeled as non-toxic to dogs and cats by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), basil is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium for your furkids. As part of the diet, it can help optimize your furkids’ health due to its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, basil can help:
- calm anxious dogs or cats
- prevent cellular damage
- ease arthritis pain
How many is too much?
Although non-toxic, basil is healthy for both cats and dogs when given in small quantities. If you’re giving basil to your furkid for the first time, remember to talk with your veterinarian first. Your vet can guide you on determining the right serving amount for your cat or dog.
Feeding basil to your furkids
There are a few ways on how your furkids can enjoy basil. You can search online for a homemade pesto recipe for pets. Just make sure to lessen the amount of olive oil and salt used. Also, you may want to skip the parmesan cheese, garlic, and black pepper.
You can also chop up fresh or dried ones and top it off on your furkids’ meal. But for a more convenient option, give your furkid Wishbone Pet Foods.
Wishbone is a gourmet pet food that is specially enriched with the Power of 8 superfoods: basil, rosemary, peppermint, papaya, mango, cranberries, blueberries, and flaxseed. These super herbs and fruits are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help strengthen your furkid’s immune system and promote better overall health.
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