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Rosemary in dog food


Rosemary is sometimes used in dog foods in its whole form which has a number of uses in herbal medicine, but more often its oil is used as a natural preservative. Rosemary oil (or as it is also known, rosemary extract) is a powerful antioxidant which is able to slow down the oxidisation process that turns fats rancid. As an antioxidant, rosemary oil may also help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Rosemary is widely regarded by herbalists as a natural stimulant. Although this is fine for most dogs, it is often suggested that it should not be given to epileptic dogs as it may increase the incidence or severity of seizures. Some nutritionists have also proposed that, because rosemary can effect uterine function and menstrual flow, it may be dangerous during pregnancy. Although there is some anecdotal evidence to support these claims, there haven't yet been any scientific studies on either issue in dogs so I'm afraid the jury remains out for now. In the meantime, I generally recommend avoiding rosemary if your dog is pregnant or prone to seizures, just to be extra safe, although it must be said that I haven't personally encountered any dogs that have definitely reacted badly to the herb.

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Wolfe Enns one year ago

We are located in canada, so it does happen but predisposition likely played a part in it as well, poor dog was allergic to chicken as well and was prone to ear infections

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Wolfe Enns one year ago

My partners shiba became full on epileptic from rosemary extract, the company that made his treats started using it in their recipe. My partner noticed a change in his behaviour almost immediately but vets couldn't figure out what was wrong. Two months after the recipe change he started having seizures. Chances are he was predisposed to being epileptic and the rosemary extract being a mind stimulating herb triggered it or he was allergic to it. He made it 2 years past the start of the seizures great dog. We lost him just 2 weeks back.

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