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Yes, dogs can safely eat sage in moderate amounts. Both fresh and dried sage leaves can be an excellent addition to a dog’s diet.  However, owners should be careful about the amount of sage fed to dogs since the herb contains a chemical called thujone, which can cause digestive issues in large doses.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in moderate amounts.
Nutritional Value Sage contains antioxidants that have immense anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These antioxidants help give the immune system in dogs a boost.
Potential Risks When fed in huge amounts, sage can cause gastrointestinal issues in dogs.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Sage is Safe for Dogs?

No set amount of sage can be declared safe for dogs. However, a teaspoon of dried sage or a handful of fresh leaves mixed in your dog’s food can provide it with the needed nutritional benefits. Sage is a pungent herb, so adding too much of it can also make your dog’s food unpleasant.

How to Safely Prepare Sage for Your Dog?

Adding sage to your dog’s food can be an excellent way to boost its health. The best way to introduce sage into your dog’s diet is to add a spoonful to regular meals. Adding sage to homemade treats for dogs is also an excellent way to incorporate sage into their diets.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Apart from the antioxidants, sage also holds a significant amount of fiber. Therefore, the herb can be quite soothing for a dog’s stomach and can be used to treat diarrhea.

  • While dogs can easily eat sage, burning sage around them is not a great idea. The smell from it can be unpleasant and overstimulating to dogs. The smoke from the sage can also cause respiratory issues in dogs.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.