The antimicrobial properties of oregano and its use in dogs and cats
The properties of oregano have been known since ancient times, especially the Origanum vulgare spp. Hirtum is a beautiful plant very aromatic belonging to the Family of Lamiaceae, the main properties that we recognize also for the use in small animals are those anti-infective broad spectrum that make it an antiviral agent, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, stomachic and tonic. Oregano, however, should not be confused with its close relative marjoram (Origanum majorana), also endowed with similar properties but less powerful due to the lower concentration of active ingredients, such as carvacrol, a powerful antimicrobial agent. Unfortunately, often, in supermarkets, we find dried marjoram labeled as “Oregano”. Eye then! The use in dogs and cats is that for the resolution of intestinal problems such as especially diarrhea and fermentation processes, as at doses a teaspoon of coffee of dried leaves, twice a day mixed in the pappa is more than enough in the cure of these annoying disorders.