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Learn When To Use Rosemary for Dogs and Cats

Herbs For Pets 3 min read
image of a small cutting board with rosemary sprigs on top. there is also a knife beside the cutting board with more rosemary on top of the knife. rosemary for dogs and cats.

Many kitchens around the world utilize Rosemary for its aromatic properties and health benefits. So you may be wondering if rosemary for dogs and cats is safe. Keep reading to learn more about this powerful plant and its effects on pet health!

What is Rosemary?

Also known as Rosmarinus officinalis, this aromatic shrub has creeping or upright branches with needle-like leaves and tubular flowers that range in color from pale to dark blue. Rosmarinus comes from the Latin phrase ‘dew of the sea’; referring to the dewey appearance of Rosemary’s pale flowers seen from afar. These plants are native to mostly dry, coastal areas around the Mediterranean. However, many countries grow Rosemary cultivars across the globe. They have a long life cycle of at least two years and can bloom any time between early spring to late summer, depending on the climate. The most common parts used in recipes and concoctions are the leaves, stems, and flowers.

History of the Rosemary Plant

Rosemary was used traditionally in European herbal medicine to help improve memory & concentration, and to help with depression. This plant has a long history of use for helping to “uplift one’s spirits” and encourage circulation.

Medicinal Properties of Rosemarinus Officinalis

Rosemarinus officinalis contains rosmarinic acid, which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and infection-fighting properties. Its antioxidant effects are beneficial for repairing damaged hair follicles and for encouraging hair regrowth.

Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid, which is beneficial for encouraging hair regrowth and providing mild UV protection.

Is Rosemary Safe For Dogs and Cats? 

Rosemary for dogs and cats is a non-toxic plant that may offer a range of healing benefits for your furkiddo! But like anything in life, too much of a good thing can still be too much, so correct dosing is crucial. We use rosemary in five of our topical sprays and not our oral supplements, so you don’t have to worry about dosage by weight.

These all-natural sprays and drops can be applied two to three times a day to the affected area(s) until healed. It may be necessary to shave or trim your furkiddo’s hair so that the spray absorbs into the affected area. You may also require a gauze covering to discourage your pet from licking.

A close-up shot of a rosemary plant with pale blue flowers, and needle-like leaves. rosemary for dogs and cats in this blog.

NHV Products That Use Rosemary

Rosemary is used in 5 of our topical products due to its many soothing and restorative properties. 

NHV All Clear is our herbal ointment for helping the skin heal and fight infections. It is 100% natural and includes herbs like echinacea, calendula, goldenseal and rosemary in an olive oil and natural wax base. It is a great addition to any pet first aid kit!

We formulated NHV Ouch Away Spray specifically for pets suffering from dermatitis, skin infections or skin issues. Rosemary and other herbs work together to help the body fight off bacterial, viral and fungal infections and encourage fur re-growth.

NHV Target Spray is an all-natural insect repellant spray. Its formulation contains rosemary plus other herbs that help shield your pet’s body from fleas, mosquitos and other biting insects. 

NHV Coco Furcare is our leading coat and skin care spray. Formulated to help encourage healthy skin and coat, the rosemary in this formula helps shield against harmful UV rays. This topical spray also helps to shield against biting insects and leaves your pet smelling fresh.

NHV Ey-Eas is an all-natural eye drop that is beneficial for conjunctivitis (pink eye) and watery eyes. Rosemary combined with chamomileeyebright and goldenseal helps to improve blood flow to the coronary artery. As well as help control or prevent infection around the eyes.


For any questions about rosemary for dogs and cats or anything else, our team of Pet Experts is here for you! Tap the button below to start chatting with us!

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Published: August 8, 2022

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