Has it ever happened to you that you were sipping from your cup of aromatic cardamom tea and found your furry buddy looking at you with their big round eyes as if they would like to have some of it?
And then what came to your mind is the question, “Can dogs eat cardamom?”
Well, this is a very common situation for pet parents. There may be times when we eat something delicious and want to share it with our pets too. And most of the time, we are not sure whether it will be safe to feed our food to our pup.
Now, as you already know, cardamom is a spice that we use in different dishes, especially tea, to make them taste good and, of course, to make them aromatic.
Also, you can find many other varieties, including dried seeds, essential oils, herbal supplements, and cardamom spice powder.
And we all know that it is safe for humans to eat. But is it safe for your four-legged buddy?
I’m here to give answers to all your questions regarding cardamom. Once you complete reading this post, you will have answers to whether cardamom is safe for your pup, what benefits and ill effects it has, and how you can serve this spice to your favorite buddy.
So, are you ready to get all your questions answered about feeding cardamom to your dog?
Dive right in!
Are Cardamoms Safe for Dogs?
Okay, so, first things first. Yes, cardamom is safe for your dog. In fact, this spice offers some health benefits to your dog too.
Now, tell me, has your dog eaten cardamom from the food that you left unattended on the table? Are you worried?
Well, don’t be.
As dog parents, we tend to overthink the health of our pets. We get concerned, especially when they have accidentally eaten something that was not meant for them, and that too, for the first time.
I understand your concern.
But if it is cardamom that your dog has eaten from your plate, there is nothing to worry about.
That being said, if this is the first time your dog has eaten a spice, keep a close eye on them for at least twenty-four hours.
This is to make sure that your furry buddy doesn’t have any health issues at all.
Do Cardamoms have any Health Benefits for Dogs?
Cardamoms are not only safe for your dog, but they also come with multiple health benefits. Some of them are:
- Is your dog suffering from issues such as diarrhea and indigestion?
Then I have good news for you. You can include cardamoms in their treatment. Also, it works great for issues such as constipation and other kinds of intestinal problems.
This small spice has antimicrobial properties. If your furry buddy is suffering from anything that needs antibiotics, such as fungi, ringworm, or scabies, cardamoms can be part of their treatment.
- Are you a parent to a dog who has frequent urinary tract infections? Or is your dog suffering from an infection in its kidneys or bladder?
Cardamoms can come to their rescue. Some essential oils use cardamom in them. You can give that oil to your dog to consume. It can work great as a home remedy.
Cardamom essential oils can be used as disinfectants on the area where your dog has an infection.
If you want to boost the effectiveness of this oil, it is better to feed it to your dog rather than applying topically on your dog. You can mix it with your dog’s food if you opt to feed them.
- Many dogs suffer from cough and nausea. Is your dog one of them?
You can use cardamom as part of their treatment. Also, if your dog is having a loss of appetite lately and is not willing to eat at all, you can try giving them cardamom.
How does it work?
The smell of cardamom can actually heighten your dog’s hunger, and they may feel the need to eat.
- Do you have a diabetic dog?
Then the chances are that your dog will reap the benefits of eating cardamom while it is included in their regular diet. How?
Cardamoms can regulate the responses from insulin. That’s not it. It can actually deal with the bad effects of carbohydrates and sugar.
Adverse Effects of Feeding Cardamoms to Dogs
After going through all these benefits of cardamom, don’t start thinking that if you feed more cardamom to your dog, it will be better for their health, because the reality is just the opposite of that.
You must be careful while feeding this aromatic spice to your four-legged buddy. If you have just started introducing it to your pup, be very cautious with the amount.
You must use it in small quantities if you don’t want any side effects. For medicinal purposes, what you can do is mix it with your pup’s regular food for a specific period of time.
- If you end up feeding a lot of cardamom to your furry buddy, it can take a toll on their health.
Does your dog have a sensitive stomach?
The chances of a laxative effect are very high. You should be very careful with the number of cardamoms.
- Your dog can have an allergic reaction to eating cardamoms. Although this rarely happens, you can’t take chances with your pup, right?
To avoid this situation, make sure to check the list of ingredients if you are buying spice mixes that contain cardamom.
Please note that you should not feed cardamom more than 10% of their everyday diet.
Pay extra attention if you are feeding your dog cardamom. Breeds such as Dachshunds and Poodles, as it can be harmful to your dog.
If your pup hasn’t turned one year old yet, refrain from giving this spice to them.
If, by any chance, your furry buddy consumes a lot of cardamom, it can lead to an obstructed intestine. And in some serious cases, even death.
Contact your vet immediately in case of any adverse effects of cardamom.
How to Serve Cardamoms to Your Dog?
If you are planning to feed cardamom pods directly to your pup, know that they may have difficulty chewing them. Also, many dogs don’t like the smell of it.
Now, you may wonder how you can include cardamom in your dog’s diet.
Well, I have come up with some ways you can do so.
1. Crush Them Into Powder
Is this the first time that you are going to introduce cardamom to your dog?
Then the best thing you can do is crush the cardamom pods into a powder and store it in a glass bottle.
You can take a tiny amount of this powder and sprinkle it over your dog’s regular food. Stick to adding this powder only once a day when you are just starting.
2. Make Tea From Cardamom Pods
Now, we all know that humans can drink cardamom tea, but did you know that you can share it with your furry buddy too?
Start by putting a pan of water on to boil. Add nine to ten cardamom pods to it. Now let the water cool.
You can either pour a little of this water on your dog’s regular food or add it to your dog’s drinking water. Remember, the amount should be very little.
3. Add It to Bone Broth
Bone broth is something that dogs love – all thanks to its delicious taste!
You can add some crushed cardamom powder to this tasty dish for your dog, and your dog will get the benefits of cardamom.
4. Add It to Treats
Do you want to feed cardamom to your dog but don’t want them to get overwhelmed by the smell of it?
You can add cardamom powder to your dog’s treats so that they can enjoy the benefits of this spice without being bothered by its smell.
What is the Alternative to Cardamoms that you can Feed your Dog?
You want to feed cardamom to your dog, but your dog doesn’t show much interest in eating them.
Are you in a similar situation? How about feeding something else that is equally beneficial to your dog?
Here is a list of some spices and herbs that you can use as an alternative to cardamom. But before I begin, please remember to consult your vet before you add anything new to your dog’s diet, as they have the best knowledge about your dog’s health.
You can feed ginger only a little bit, as you don’t want to harm your dog, right?
Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. And did I mention how it is a powerhouse of antioxidants?
It protects your dog’s cells from damage and reduces the feeling of nausea. Also, if you have a dog who is dealing with dementia, ginger can provide them with cognitive support.
When it comes to serving ginger to your dog, you can choose either powdered, fresh, or ginger juice. You can get it in the form of capsules, tinctures, tablets, and more.
Don’t go overboard with the amount of ginger, as it can cause your dog to have nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, and allergic reactions.
Ginger can make your dog’s blood thinner. If your dog is suffering from bleeding disorders or taking certain medications, don’t feed them ginger.
Ginger is not good for diabetic dogs or dogs who are suffering from heart disease. This is because it can lower your dog’s blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Also, it would be better if you don’t feed ginger to nursing or pregnant dogs.
What comes to your mind first when I say cinnamon?
For me, it’s sweets and savories. While humans like to use cinnamon in sweet dishes, it can be toxic for your dog if you feed them in huge amounts. Always stick to tiny amounts if you don’t want your dog to face any complications from consuming cinnamon. This is especially true if you own a dog of a small breed.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. Like ginger, it too can regulate your pup’s blood sugar.
There are many ways your dog can come into contact with cinnamon and end up eating it.
They can put their teeth on the indoor ornament that is made of cinnamon. They can get it from the cinnamon-flavored dish that you accidentally left on the table. They can chew on the cinnamon sticks you have kept in your kitchen.
Also, your dog can lick from the pot of cinnamon essential oil in your kitchen.
No matter where your dog got the cinnamon, if they have it in large amounts, it can lead to issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, liver disease, and low blood sugar. Also, they can experience a change in their heart rate.
If your dog inhales a significant amount of this spice accidentally, it can irritate their lungs and lead to breathing difficulty, choking, and coughing.
Make sure not to feed your dog more than one teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, as it can lead to adverse effects. And when it comes to cinnamon essential oil, only a tiny bit of it is enough.
Turmeric is filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. However, the pungent smell that it comes with is not liked by the majority of dogs.
It is used in many medicines that are meant to reduce joint pain.
You can get it in the form of chews, capsules, liquids, powders, and more.
You have to be very careful when you decide on the quantity of this spice you feed your dog. Because if you feed them in larger amounts, it can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, an upset stomach, and even allergic reactions.
And if you continue feeding turmeric to your dog in large amounts for a long time, it can even cause liver issues and gallbladder problems.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do you still have questions related to feeding cardamom to your dog?
In this section, I have come up with a list of some of the most frequently asked questions. Have a look!
Can Dogs Be Allergic to Cardamoms?
Yes, dogs can be allergic to cardamoms. However, the incidence of allergic reactions is very rare. If you are not sure if your dog can tolerate cardamom, it is better to give them only a little the first time and wait for twenty-four hours. Stop giving it to them if you see any symptoms.
Can I Give Cardamom to My Diabetic Dog?
The short answer is yes. You can give cardamom to your diabetic dog. Just make sure that you are not overfeeding them and giving them a very small amount. A high amount of cardamom is bad for your dog, as it can increase the levels of insulin.
How Many Cardamoms A Day Can I Feed My Dog?
You can feed only two-three pods of cardamoms a day. Otherwise, it may lead to health complications such as diarrhea.
Can I Feed Cardamoms to Pregnant Dogs?
If you want to keep your pregnant dog safe, I would suggest not giving her cardamom at all. Although there is no evidence that cardamom is most often associated with miscarriage in early pregnancy.
Can I Feed Cardamoms to Dogs Who Are on Medication?
Generally, cardamoms are very safe for your furry buddy, especially when you give them in small amounts. But as you already know, there are some side effects of this spice if you feed it to your dog in large amounts. So, it is always better to ask your vet before you add this to your dog’s diet.
What Should I Do If My Dog Accidentally Eats a Lot of Cardamom?
The best thing you can do is take them to your vet immediately. The chances are that your dog has not eaten much of it because of the smell of it. But then, let your vet know how much you think they have eaten and how long it has been since their ingestion. Stay assured that cardamom is not toxic. But it can have a bad effect if your dog is pregnant.
Can Dogs Eat Cardamom Plants?
Yes. But before you give it to your dog to eat, make sure to remove the seeds.
Cardamom is safe for your dog to eat. There is just one thing that you need to be sure of. And that is the amount. It has to be very little. As long as you are feeding it according to the recommended amount, it can be beneficial for your dog.
So, are you going to share a sip of your cardamom tea with your four-legged buddy?
Let me know in the comments!
Ankita is a passionate pet lover and head of content at Pet Food Brands. With her extensive knowledge and research, she provides pet owners with top-quality information on dog food and nutrition. Her dedication to improving the lives of dogs makes her a leading voice in the industry.