When it comes to cooking with herbs, most of us will probably suit the herbs to the meal or the meal to the herbs. And while the combinations of tasteful herb pairings with foods (and herbs with other herbs for that matter) is practically endless, there are some combinations that just don't cut it for a discerning palette or weak stomach. Adding ground cloves to broccoli and cheddar soup just doesn't seem right...now does it? And for some people, any cayenne whatsoever is too much cayenne.
Just as it is necessary to experiment with herbs when we are cooking for ourselves, if you are seeking to give your pets herbs in their food, you will need to do some trial and error. What's that you say, herbs for your pets? I know it may sound strange at first to give your dog or cat something that borders on being "people food", especially when we are so accustomed to giving our pets the same bowl of dry and canned pet food day after day. Well, if you stop to think about it, our domesticated companions come from the wild, where yes, their ancestors ate herbs growing in the wild. A great example are dogs natural instinct to eat grass for soothing an upset stomach.
So yes, it is great for your pet's health to mix up some herbs in their food. Or, you can even bake up some herbed pet treats. Those pet owners who do so advise to start off with small doses of herbs and gradually introduce your pet to the often distinct flavors of herbs. All in all, as long as you don't get too salty, sweet or smoky with homemade treats, even the most finicky of cats wont turn their nose away.
Dandelion root, cleavers, basil, oregano, thyme, cayenne, ginger and cinnamon are other common herbs that many pet owners have had success with. Not all herbs should be given as daily supplements (like goldenseal), but of those that can, be sure to use small doses when mixing herbs with pet food or treats. Start off with very little and keep it to a minimum. Your pets will love you for it!