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Fresh Basil

Discussion in 'Doberman Nutritional Care' started by NamVetJoe, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. NamVetJoe

    NamVetJoe Notable member

    Does anyone give their dog fresh basil occasionally?

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  2. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    If by fresh you mean the whole leaves, then no. They can’t digest it that way, so I purée basil, usually mixed with some lettuce, then freeze as ice cubes. It’s a great way to use up leftover/excess veggies that are safe for dogs to eat.
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  3. Gelcoater

    Gelcoater Expert ThreadCrapper $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    We grow it on occasion, Rocky has never bothered it.
    He’ll pluck a tomato, a pepper or an apple, but no real interest in basil.
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  4. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Basil actually has lots of health benefits when given in moderation. It contains antioxidants that help destroy free radicals that can damage cells and cause cancer. There are also some benefits for the heart as well as arthritis.
    A little known secret.... it's has a calming effect. Some holistic Vets recommend it for dogs that hate car rides, vet visits or fireworks, etc. The thing is the dosage, it's different for every dog. You have to experiment to find the sweet spot. Too much can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea.
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