Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

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Continuing our analysis of dog food ingredients, we are now up to the letter M. Today’s dog food ingredient is Marigold.


What is Marigold?

Marigold, in the plant genus Calundula, is a short-lived aromatic and herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 inches) tall. The marigold blooms in vivid yellow, orange, and gold colors.


Common names for Marigold

Some of the more common names for marigold include calendula, garden marigold, gold bloom, and holligold. In pet food, it is often found in the form of marigold extract.


Why is Marigold in Dog Food?

Marigold is added to dog food due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a source of antioxidants and can add flavor.


Is Marigold Commonly Used in Dog Food?

Marigold is included in about 3.0% of all dog foods.


Common Benefits or Risks of Marigold

Marigold has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants (which give the plant its bright color) that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Marigold appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.


Marigold contains large amounts of lutein which is found in the retina of the eye. Lutein protects the eye from the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.


Traditionally, marigold extracts have been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers,


The antioxidants in marigolds might help fight and prevent cancer, according to a study in the October 1998 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. In this study, researchers from Washington State University examined the effects of lutein, an antioxidant extracted from marigolds, on breast cancer tumors.


Marigold is generally considered safe. It can cause drowsiness, so caution is advised if your dog is on medication that might also cause drowsiness. Check with your vet.


Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

slimdoggy smileyMarigold and marigold extract is a source of anti-oxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, and can act as a natural preservative. For these reasons, we give marigold the SlimDoggy Smiley Rating.


Miscellaneous Facts about Marigold

The name calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning “little calendar”, “little clock”

Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers.

Marigold is used topically for treating acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and as a soothing ointment.


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  1. I’ve read about marigold, but by now we never had a food with this ingredient.But I use it as a balm for my paws in winter :o)
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  2. News to me. I’ve seen calendula as a supplement. But had no idea it was a dog food ingredient.

    Do you believe the antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties survive the processing of the dog food?
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    • Its a good question and one that I can’t answer. It would depend on the cooking process that the food companies use and also the timing of the inclusion of the marigold. Does it happen before or after the cook? What is the temperature of the cook? Etc.
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  3. Oh wow, interesting! I did not know this was in some dog foods etc…
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  4. Fascinating! Thank you! My chickens and duck like to eat the marigold blossoms. Makes for rich, tasty egg yolks!
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  5. We’ve heard of marigold being eaten before, but had no clue it could be in our food. I may need to go to the neighbor’s house and munch down some of their flowers!
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  6. Fascinating! Never seen it listed in any of our pet food.
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  7. I had no idea marigold was added to some dog foods. How interesting!
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  8. We love these posts!! So cool!! I just know that Mom puts them around the garden to keep those giant dog things out of the garden.
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  9. Whew! I did a review on a treat with marigolds as an ingredient. I thought if it is recommended for humans and consumed in fancy restaurants, it must be fine. ☺ I give a shout-out to Jack today on my post. I hope he inspires someone to adopt this Retriever/Lab mix if they click on your link and see how awesome your two look.
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  10. This was news to me, marigolds are one of my favorite flowers. But I think the annual ones I love are different than the calendula. Either way, very interesting.
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  11. I remember my Grandmother using it in tea for tummy aches. Never knew about it for dogs. Interesting.

  12. I never knew that! Really cool. So, I’m assuming these are okay to be eaten if they are, say, plucked straight from the garden and munched? My humans may or may not have some really tasty-looking ones hanging out on the edge of their garden. Hmmmm! 🙂 I’ll have to take a look and see if that’s in my food!
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  13. Who knew and here all I thought that flower did was keep rabbits and deer out of the veggie gardens.
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