Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

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Moving on to the letter F in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Fenugreek for dogs.

Photo from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

 

What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is an annual plant in the Fabaceae family with leaves consisting of three small obovate (i.e. with narrow ends) to oblong leaflets. It is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop, and its seeds are a common ingredient in Indian food.

 

Common names for Fenugreek

Fenugreek is also known as Greek Clover, Bird’s Foot, Methi, and Chandrika, among many other names.

 

Why is Fenugreek in dog food?

Fenugreek can improve digestion, and helps with skin and coat problems. Fenugreek is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. It is also a flavor enhancer.

 

Is Fenugreek a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Fenugreek is not a very commonly found dog food ingredient. It is present in a little less than 1 % of all dog foods.

 

Common benefits or risks of Fenugreek

Fenugreek helps decrease inflammation. It also can lower blood glucose, which might be an issue for pets with hypoglycemia. Fenugreek contains vitamins A, C, and B vitamins as well as potassium, iron and calcium.

 

Fenugreek is generally safe to eat. Some dogs that are sensitive can develop skin irritation and gastrointestinal issues.  Dogs with blood sugar issues should only be served Fenugreek after veterinarian approval.

 

Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

slimdoggy smileyFenugreek provides a lot of health benefits and is a source of important vitamins and minerals. Thus, it receive the SlimDoggy Happy rating.

 

Miscellaneous facts about Fenugreek

Fenugreek is used in humans as a natural treatment for high cholesterol.

 

Sources and further reading

http://www.rxlist.com/fenugreek-page2/supplements.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-palmquist-dvm/fenugreek-a-food-and-a-me_b_868534.html

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16 Comments

  1. I’ll have to see if I can find a ground formula of this when I run out of green lipped mussel. This sounds like something that would come in handy for Sydney and Rodrigo. Thanks!
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  2. Interesting, maybe more prescription diabetic foods should have this to help lower blood sugar in diabetic animals.
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  3. I never heard of this one….very interesting!
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  4. Is it possible or good to add it extra to food? I only know it as an infusion/wet pack for skin problems on bipeds, does it work for dogs too?

  5. Interesting, and another one we have not heard of.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
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  6. Seriously? I’m currently growing fennel, oregano, basil, parsley, mint, romaine and sorrel. I’ll have to pick up some fenugreek for the herb garden, even if it’s just for the people. Thank you!
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  7. We were guessing it had to do with Greek yogurt which is currently the trend!
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  8. Very interesting write up. I had never heard of this one before!

  9. I never heard of this before. Always learning new stuff when I visit here. I may have to get some for my husband because he has borderline high cholsterol. Thanks for sharing it 🙂
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  10. Interesting! Going to have a class at BC and will look for it. Golden Woofs

  11. I had not heard of this ingredient. Very interesting.
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  12. This I can honestly say is a first for me, do you generally see it listed on dog food ingredients?
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    • No, Fenugreek is not very common. It is in just under 1 % of the foods in our database.
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  13. Sounds like a good ingredient, but with the issues it can cause, I can understand why it is not more commonly used in foods.
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