Can the Spice Sage Be Dangerous for Dogs?

By Laura Payne

Sage, when given in the proper form, is not dangerous for dogs; in fact, sage can help your dog fight infections and ease his digestive problems.

Benefits of Sage

Sage has astringent and anti-microbial properties that make it useful for healing skin infections and treating oral ulcerations. Astringents tighten skin and reduce redness and inflammation. Anti-microbials kill microorganisms that cause infection. Sage also has been used to treat gastrointestinal tract infections and to ease gas and bloating. Though if your dog is experiencing any of these conditions, it's best to check with your vet first.

How to Use Sage

Salvia officinalis is the botanical name for the species of sage with a well-established medical value.

  • Make sure to use Salvia officinalis.
  • Use only leaves; essential oil levels are too concentrated.
  • Add fresh or dried sage to your dog’s food.
  • Make a topical preparation for skin infections by boiling dried sage and epsom salts in water.
  • Consult your veterinarian regarding the proper form and dosage before using any spices or herbs in your dog’s food or topically.