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Yes, basil is safe for dogs. Just a pinch of freshly chopped basil can be great for your dog. Basil contains antioxidants that help improve the immunity system. Moreover, basil helps reduce inflammation and detoxify your dog’s body from some toxins harmful to your dog.

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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 very small quantities
Nutritional Value Vitamins A and K, Antioxidants, high in fiber
Potential Risks Diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How to Feed Basil to Dogs?

You need not cook the basil to feed your dog. Simply chop it up into pieces and mix basil into your dog’s food. You can also make homemade dog treats using basil and other dog-friendly ingredients to feed your dog healthy snacks.

How Much Basil is Safe for Dogs?

A small dog can eat a pinch of basil. Always consider your dog’s weight when giving your dog any food. Your dog’s size can determine the safe amount of food.

So, if your dog is large, you can give them as much as a teaspoon of chopped basil. It is also important to see their daily calorie intake to ensure you aren’t feeding them extra calories.

What Happens if Dogs Eat Too Much Basil?

If your dog has eaten too much basil, they will likely experience abdominal distress. They might also experience an allergic reaction if they are allergic.

TIP: Not all herbs are safe for dogs. So before feeding them, check if the herb is safe for your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs can only eat basil pesto if it doesn’t contain spices harmful to them. You can feed your dog basil pesto made at home, so you know the ingredients.

  • Basil is safe for your dog to eat. However, excess consumption can result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • Basil is safe in very small amounts. You can top your dog’s food with basil so they can enjoy the benefits of nutrients.

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.