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Herbs To Help Your Dog Transition To Raw Dog Food

February 22, 2021 4 min read

herbs to help dogs transition to raw

Even though transitioning your dog to raw dog food seems intimidating, it's never been easier with Cali Raw blogs at the tip of your fingers.  Pups can go from just the mildest transitioning symptoms to an intense period of detoxification with symptoms ranging from an upset stomach to abnormal stool. Just remember, the longer your dog has been on a processed diet, the longer it will take for them to ease into a fully raw diet. Patience is key and Cali Raw is here for you every step of the way!

When you see your pup having it a bit rough during this transition period, it is important to support our dogs; give them a lot of attention, encouragement, and help them out in any way — including feeding them the unexpected — herbs.

Herbs have been known to not only be a nice garnish to our signature dishes and beneficial to hooman health. Little did we know, herbs are actually also beneficial to our pups — especially during the transition change. Sprinkle a bit of herbs into their meals and you just might see how herbs can help your pup no matter what transition stage they are in!

What Herbs Are Good For Dogs

It may surprise you that herbs are actually good for dogs! Herbs and some spices are not only safe in moderation, but the following herbs can benefit the health of your dog.


Chamomile is a long time classic tea that we love to enjoy. Not only is chamomile a calming tea for use hoomans, but they can also help support bloating, the nervous system, and any gas that your dog may be experiencing.


Fennel seeds also help with gas and bloating but the most interesting fennel seed usage actually helps build your dog’s lost appetite back up!

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow room is actually an all-around great herb to keep around. It helps with heartburn, digestive inflammation, constipation, and diarrhea. This herb is safe for dogs, but try giving this safe herb in small dosages!

Burdock Root

This root is known to help clean the liver. It specifically helps with the detoxification process and is high in nutrients!

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle helps support damaged cells, healthy liver function, pancreatitis, and contains antioxidants caused by processed food!


Oregano actually helps with digestive problems, diarrhea, and gas. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and has antioxidants to boost the immune system. Beware that the oregano oil is more concentrated so keep dosage small.


Rosemary is high in iron, calcium, b6, and is an antioxidant. Add a little bit of rosemary to your pup’s meal to make sure they gain these health benefits!


Peppermint is not only a signature holiday flavor, but it also helps soothe upset stomachs, reduce gas, nausea, and help with travel sickness!


Basil is a versatile herb that is in everything and comes in every form. It is not only an amazing pasta add on but for dogs, basil acts as an antioxidant and contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Basil can help reduces the effects of arthritis and may help with inflammatory bowel disease and to repel insects.


Cinnamon is a beneficial spice that can help to improve brain function, helps regulate blood sugar levels, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, can help to lower blood pressure, and boost energy. Don’t forget it also fights heart disease and contains anti-cancer properties!


Coriander is not only a garden herb, it can also help our pups with dental health, is anti-parasitic, anti-diarrhea, eases nausea, and even helps alleviate intestinal gas!


There has been confusion over the use of garlic for dogs. Garlic used in small amounts is both safe and beneficial herb for dogs. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and anti-oxidant and helps boost immunity. It helps digestion and contains vitamins A, B complex and C, proteins, trace minerals. Garlic in a dog’s diet might even help with flea control.


Ginger is not only a flavorful ingredient to add to soups, ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, anti-oxidants and even helps with digestion and blood circulation!


Fresh parsley is best dried or frozen. Make sure they are finely chopped for maximum bio-availability.  Parsley is antibacterial, anti-oxidant, helps to detox, high in fiber and protein. It contains a myriad of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Parsley helps fight bad breath and aids digestion. It may help with UTI’s and possibly incontinence. Only small amounts of parsley are needed; Large amounts of parsley daily could become toxic to your dog.


Sage is good for digestion and may help ease bloating and gas. This herb has been used by herbalists to help support blood sugar regulation. It is good for cognitive function and may reduce anxiety.


This aromatic herb is just about an essential in any kitchen, so you may be surprised to find that thyme is okay for dogs to eat! Thyme is a good digestive aid and has anti-bacterial properties. It is beneficial for skin and supports gastrointestinal health and brain function.


Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, is an antioxidant, supports the liver, and can even help fight cancer and boost brain function!

So herbs have multiple functions! Herbs are good for dogs; herbs provide beneficial nutrients and support many systems in our dogs. So next time you go shopping for ingredients, keep your dog in mind and just maybe those ingredients will have a dual usage!

When it comes to feeding our dogs, we want to be sure we are feeding the best that we can, and that means feeding the most complete and balanced meal that are not only beneficial, but optimal for the life stage our dogs are in.

Transitioning is a hard phase. Dogs can take multiple weeks to get used to raw food but good thing Cali Raw is here to help you every step of the way.