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8 January 2020


Is Rosemary Safe for My Dog? The Word on Herbs

The pine-ey scent of rosemary might remind you of the holidays. It’s used to flavor turkey, make the house smell nice, and sometimes the plants are used as decoration reminiscent of Christmas trees. You may be wondering, is rosemary safe to have around my home if I have a dog? Even more importantly what happens […]

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The pine-ey scent of rosemary might remind you of the holidays. It’s used to flavor turkey, make the house smell nice, and sometimes the plants are used as decoration reminiscent of Christmas trees. You may be wondering, is rosemary safe to have around my home if I have a dog? Even more importantly what happens if my dog eats rosemary?

Is rosemary good for my dog?

Yes! “Rosemary, in most forms (dried, fresh whole plant, tincture or tea) can be used very safely in dogs, and is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) by FDA for use in both humans and animals,” says herbalist Gregory L. Tilford, co-author of Herbs for Pets. While GRAS doesn’t necessarily imply that it is beneficial, there are numerous health benefits to giving rosemary to your dog.

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Health benefits of rosemary


Rosemary packs a powerful antioxidant punch. This means that it can help eliminate free radicals in your dog’s body. An excess of free radicals is what can lead to cancer or other age-related health issues. Incorporating some rosemary in your dog’s diet can help keep him healthy.

Cardiovascular health

Another benefit of feeding rosemary is that it has antispasmodic (spasm preventing) abilities on smooth muscles. Additionally, it can help in the case of some cardiac arrhythmias as well as to strengthen the heart. If your dog has cardiac issues, consult your vet before adding rosemary to your dog’s diet or treatment plan.

Digestion support

Rosemary can help your dog digest food better, which can lead to a healthier gut and better absorption of micronutrients. It helps prevent gastrointestinal infection and can even help prevent gas. If your dog is routinely clearing rooms with stinky gas, rosemary might be the solution you’re looking for.


There’s good reason rosemary is a popular dog food preservative. Rosemary, as it turns out, is a great pathogen-fighter against common bacteria that can grow in food. It can help keep food from spoiling. Not only that, the pathogen-fighting capabilities of rosemary extend to your pet’s body, where it can protect them from various fungi and bacteria. Because of rosemary’s antimicrobial power, it can also be used topically. You may find it as a key ingredient in skin and eye rinses. Rosemary is helpful in the treatment of minor cuts, skin burns, oral, urinary and digestive tract infections.


How much rosemary do I give my dog?

The answer to this question will depend on a lot of things. You’ll want to consider the size and weight of your dog as well as why you are giving the rosemary to your pet. You can use fresh or dried rosemary or purchase a tincture. A tincture is a liquid form of the herb. It can be more concentrated than the fresh or dried rosemary so make sure you understand the correct dosage before giving a tincture to your dog.

Rosemary in Ollie’s fresh dog food


Scanning the ingredients lists of Ollie’s fresh recipes, you’ll see rosemary make an appearance on both the Beef and Chicken recipes. Ollie uses rosemary not only for the incredible health benefits mentioned, but also as a flavor saver that makes the food more flavorful and palatable to pups. Serving your Ollie is the best way to ensure you’re feeding the right amount of nutrients and avoid overfeeding. Try Ollie today.

Learn more about the benefits of a fresh, natural diet for dogs.

Rosemary crackers recipe

(courtesy of dogster.com)

This recipe for rosemary crackers is another easy way to safely introduce the herb into your pup’s diet. You can even enjoy this snack along side them!


  • 1 ¼ cup white flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary chopped (fresh or dry)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil + 2 tablespoon
  • Salt (for humans only)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix flours, baking powder and rosemary in a bowl.
  3. Stir in water and oil until combined, reserving the extra 2 tablespoons of oil. You may need to get in there with your hands. If it feels too dry, add a tiny bit of water at a time until it has a damp, but not sticky, texture. If it’s too sticky, slowly add white flour until it feels right.
  4. Split into two balls and roll each one out about 1/8 inch thick.Place on a baking parchment sheet, and sprinkle with the remaining olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle a little salt on the human portion if desired.
  6. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until crackers brown on the edges.
  7. Allow to cool, then break into pieces for treats and snacking.

When using rosemary as a dietary supplement you should still consult your vet first if you have any questions or concerns about how much to give.

NOTE: If your dog has a serious heart condition, history of seizures is under 6 months old, or pregnant you may not want to use rosemary. You will want to make sure you consult a vet or holistic practitioner first.

The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

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