Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Fennel

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Today we move to the letter F in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring fennel as our ingredient of the day.


What is fennel?

Fennel is a perennial, aromatic herb with yellow flowers and a bulb like stem.  Although native to the Mediterranean, fennel is now found throughout the world.   Fennel has a similar smell as licorice or anise.


Common names for fennel

There aren’t many commonly used name variations although fennel is often called sweet fennel, wild fennel, garden fennel or bitter fennel.  The Greek name for fennel is marathon.


Why is fennel included in dog food?

Fennel is added to dog food as a source of several key vitamins. It is also used as a digestive aid.
Is fennel a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

We found “fennel” in 2.25% of the foods in our dog food ingredient database.


Common benefits or risks of fennel

Fennel supplies vitamins C and A, calcium, iron, and potassium. It is also known to help with indigestion, bloating and flatulence.  Fennel can also help to freshen a dog’s breath.


The oils in fennel may cause a photosensitive dermatitis in some animals, but such occurrences are rare.


Miscellaneous facts about fennel

Fennel can grow to be over six feet tall.

Fennel is used to prevent flea and other bug infestations and is a common ingredient in pesticide free flea treatments.


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  1. Over 6 feet tall. Did not know that!
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  2. Would never have thought about finding fennel in dog food, interesting, but more interesting is how huge those plants are!
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  3. Must try fennel especially with steak since that sometimes gives me gas!

  4. Interesting – I know like to see fennel on my own plate, but I never thought of it as a dog food ingredient before! Maybe because I always considered it part of the garlic/onion family, but Wikipedia says that’s not the case. Wikipedia also says fennel is a good treatment of gas for dogs and humans – also interesting!
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  5. I had no idea fennel was a flea preventative or even safe for dogs! Very cool!
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  6. I have fennel in my herb garden. Thanks for giving me a reason to use it.
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  7. I never heard that fennel was an ingredient in some foods. I could see that it is a food to help with digestion.
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  8. If I was a dog, I wouldn’t eat 2.25% of the dog foods in your database I guess 🙂 I hate the taste of black licorice and/or fennel seeds.
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    • Funny – I don’t like licorice, but like fennel…I have a friend who makes a turkey sausage & fennel pizza…delish!
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  9. I would have never thought fennel could be an ingredient in dog food 🙂 Thanks for the informative post!
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  10. Awesome post! Didn’t know fennel was so great for dogs!

    I find fennel to be so yummy!
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  11. I had heard of fennel, but didn’t really know too much about it. It sounds like it would be cool to have in my herb garden. I think I’d like to try it myself, as well as for the dogs!
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    • It’s a great little vegetable. We love it chopped up and stir fried with mushrooms…smells great too.
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