Marigolds Are Edible For Dogs?

It is true that there are some breeds of dog that do not like to eat other types of food. However, it is very rare for them to dislike one particular type of food. Some dogs love chocolate, others love chicken and so on. There are many different reasons why they may or may not like certain foods. So, if your dog likes marigolds then chances are that he/she will probably enjoy eating them too.

The best way to determine whether your dog is going to like marigolds or not is to feed him/her something else first. If he/she doesn’t seem interested then don’t worry because most dogs aren’t picky eaters anyway! You could try feeding him another vegetable such as broccoli or carrots instead of marigolds.

There are many different varieties of marigolds. They range from small green leaves to large marigold plants with their petals all over the place. The variety that you choose depends on what kind of flavor you want in your dog’s diet.

Edible Marigolds For Dogs: What Kind Of Flavor Do They Have?

The best tasting edible marigolds are those that have been grown indoors where they get plenty of sunlight and fresh air every day. Most people usually grow these in containers and keep them on their windowsills. They are most often grown for ornamental purposes, but dog owners can certainly benefit from them too!

It is also possible to grow marigolds outside. The plants grow larger than those that are grown inside. Some people choose to grow edible marigolds outdoors because they can be harvested year round in most areas.

This means that you won’t have to worry about buying new marigolds every few weeks if your dog loves the taste of them.

Other people prefer to grow the plants inside. They can be grown in pots or in special herb gardens. The main reason that people do this is because they are trying to keep other animals away from their gardens.

In this case, they will only allow their own dog to eat the flowers.

The most important thing is that you give your dog edible marigolds every once in a while. It is very important that you get your dog to eat something healthy every now and then. Especially treats such as these can help your dog if he/she starts to get sick from eating too much junk food!

Marigold Recipes For Dogs: How To Cook Them?

There are a wide variety of ways in which you can cook and prepare marigolds for your dog. Most of these recipes involve boiling the petals in water to keep their color, but you can also dry them out in an oven if you wish. Here are some of the most common recipes.

Marigold Broth

One of the best marigold recipes for dogs is marigold broth. This is easy to make too! All you have to do is take one part marigold petals and add it to four parts boiling water.

Let it steep for a few hours or more, the longer the better! Then strain out the marigolds and add a little honey for flavor if needed. Your dog should start getting better in no time at all!

Marigold Ice Cream

Another great recipe for marigolds is ice cream! It’s very easy to make too, you just need to follow these directions:

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A half cup of marigold petals

One and three-quarter cups of whipping cream

Three-quarter cups of whole milk

One whole egg

One quarter teaspoon of salt

Two tablespoons of white sugar (optional)


Start by combining the whipping cream, milk, egg, salt and marigold petals together in a large bowl. Whisk it very well so that there are no lumps.

Next, pour the mixture into a shallow pan (such as a cake pan) and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least four hours or even better, overnight.

After it has chilled, take it out of the refrigerator and pour it into the freezer container of your ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Store in a plastic container in your freezer and let it sit outside for five minutes before serving to allow it to soften a bit.

Marigold Frosting

This recipe makes enough marigold frosting to cover one layer cake or 12 cupcakes. Feel free to halve or double the recipe as needed.

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3 cups of powdered sugar

1/8 cup of milk (just measure a little less than 1/8th of a cup)

1 teaspoon of marigold petals (fresh or dry will work, but dried is better)


Mix the milk and marigold petals in a small bowl and let sit for one hour. The color will darken considerably, this is normal. Stir in the powdered sugar and mix until it has fully combined.

Spread on your cupcakes or cake!

Marigold Ice Cubes

If your dog refuses to eat anything that is liquid, then you can try these marigold ice cubes. Just fill a tray with water and add a couple of marigold petals. Put it in the freezer and wait for them to freeze.

Then remove them from the tray and give one or two to your dog as needed.

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These are the easiest to make since there is no cooking required. You simply fill a pan with water and then add the petals to it. The water does not need to boil, room temperature water will work just fine.

Let the marigolds steep in the water for at least four hours or even over night if you want a more potent solution.

While this method is one of the most affordable, it is also one of the least effective for treating your dog’s upset stomach. It is best to use this as a maintenance solution after you have gotten your dog’s stomach back to normal with one of the other methods.

This method can also be used for people if they are feeling sick to their stomach such as due to sea sickness or car sickness. In fact, marigold tea has been consumed for centuries by sailors as a preventative measure against sea sickness.

When it comes down to it, marigolds are one of the best natural cures for digestive issues. Hopefully, this post has given you some good ideas for how to use them to help your dog if they are suffering from an upset stomach.

As with any substance that you put into your dog’s body, make sure to consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog marigold petals or tea. While these methods have been proven safe if used properly, you don’t want to cause your dog any harm as no treatment is worth risking their health.

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