Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Thyme

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Next up in our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “T”. Today’s ingredient is the well known herb, Thyme.


What is Thyme?

Thyme is a perennial plant, belonging to the mint family.  The plants can be erect and bushy, reaching 18 inches in height or creeping and spreading, growing to about 3 inches high.


Common names for Thyme

The most common name variations Garden Thyme and Rubbed Thyme, and Lemon Thyme. Other name variations of the plant, based on the color of the flowering, include Golden King, Silver Queen, Archer’s Gold, Rainbow Falls and Pink Ripple.

Thymol is the name of the oil that is derived from the Thyme plant.


Why is Thyme included in dog food?

Thyme is used in dog food to add flavor, improve digestion, and because it acts as an anti-bacterial agent.


Is Thyme a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Thyme is listed as an ingredient in about 3% of dog foods.


Common benefits or risks of Thyme

Thyme contains vitamins C, A, and K, iron, manganese and calcium. Thyme also contains anti-oxidants. Thyme has antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and anti-bacterial properties. It is generally good for the skin, and supports brain function and gastrointestinal health.  Thyme helps the body digest and process fatty acids and can generally aid digestion.


In a clinical study conducted by K.A. Youdim and colleagues and published in the April 19, 1999 issue of “Biochemical and Biophysical Research,” researchers found that thyme oil helped to protect against age-related changes in the brain cells of rats.


Miscellaneous facts about Thyme

The ancient Greeks used thyme in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage.


Thyme is often paired with Rosemary in human food recipes.
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Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

Thyme gets the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to all of its health benefits.


Sources and further reading

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  1. Great information. I love thyme myself. 🙂 I wonder why more foods don’t use it?
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  2. And thyme is also included in those Italian seasoning mixes, along with basil and oregano.
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  3. Very interesting, I didn’t know this was in any food.
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  4. Thyme is our favorite herb after basil. We will now add some to the food the dogs. They thank you.
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  5. Looks good! Love, Logan, Brodie & Moira – Collie Tails
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  6. Actually I never did really know to much about thyme. So thanks for sharing this! Very interesting!
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  7. Who would have guessed that this herb had so much to offer? Thanks for the info.
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  8. I love Thyme but I didn’t realize how healthy it was! 🙂 Also, didn’t realize it was part of the mint family! Thanks for all this wonderful information. 🙂
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    • Most of the herbs are good for you. We will be doing more in the coming weeks. Good for you AND Nailah.

    • Sure Nailah, anythyme 🙂
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  9. Great info (as always). We grow our own thyme and it can be invasive, just like mint. A little in the garden goes a long way 🙂
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  10. Good to know!
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  11. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs but I never know it is good for dogs too! Thank you for sharing and it is really useful 🙂 Julia

    • You’re welcome! We love it in our thanksgiving stuffing! But now know that it’s good lots of other ways too.
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  12. Hmm it’s true. Thyme would add more flavor. My sapiens would agree too!
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