Here is part 3 which is going to be a bit spicier and more exotic! But who can blame me? I am currently on holiday in the South of Goa, India, and surrounded by colorful herbs and spices all competing for my attention. The only problem is deciding how much I am going to take back home and how I am going to fit it all in my suitcase! The food is so flavourful and not necessarily “hot”. Even simple food like dahl (which can be quite bland back home) is full of flavour and colour.
Besides the flavourful subject of Indian cooking, let’s not move too far from our main topic of dogs. In India, dogs are everywhere! Often alongside the holy cows. They wander around – on the beach, streets … not bothering anyone. They come together in small packs, dominate their own territories and it’s fascinating to watch how they interact with each other. They lay in front of every shack or restaurant not bothered by any people, but as soon as another dog approaches, they get up quickly to make it clear to the other dog whose territory they’re in. Sometimes they just say hi to each other but most of the time they bark and make the intruding dog leave as soon as possible.
The holy cows and dogs that I’ve seen are so street-wise. They sleep and walk around busy roads (I even saw a pack of dogs sleeping in the middle of a crossroad, creating a sort of island!). And even if the drivers here drive like crazy, they always slow down for the holy cows and dogs. I can’t say the same for the pedestrians though …
Back to spices then. Here are a few more I’ve added to my dogs’ diet:
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Cinnamon not only smells beautiful (to me it smells like Christmas), but it has many health benefits for us and our dogs. Cinnamon has antiviral, bactericidal, and antifungal properties, and also acts as a stimulant. When my dogs are in good condition, I usually sprinkle cinnamon on their food once a week. Here is the exact dose I use:
1-10 lbs: a small pinch up to 1/8 teaspoon
10-20 lbs: 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon
20-50 lbs: 1/4 to 1 teaspoon
50-100 lbs: 1 to 2 teaspoons
Over 100 lbs: 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
I can’t not to mention turmeric again! Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron, has been used for over 4,000 years in alternative medicine. Turmeric is commonly used in Ayurveda medicine for wound healing and treating skin problems. You can find out more about this amazing spice in my blog post: https://www.vitacanis.co.uk/have-you-tried-turmeric/
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
I prefer to use fresh coriander instead of dry. It’s easy to grow on your window sill and is a great addition to your cooking or your dogs’ food. Coriander has a multitude of health benefits: it is antibacterial, antifungal, and an antioxidant. Coriander can also help control blood sugar and improve calcium absorption.