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Ice plant is a plant that grows in many gardens and on many balconies. It has fleshy leaves and small flowers that can be white, pink or yellow, depending on the variety. Ice plant is not only decorative, but also edible and healthy. But is this also true for dogs? In this article, you can find out more about ice plant and how it can affect your four-legged friend.

What is ice plant?

Iceweed is a member of the Ice Plant family and originally comes from South Africa. There are various types of ice plant, which differ in shape, color and size. The best known are the purslane ice plant (Delosperma cooperi) and the rock ice plant (Drosanthemum speciosum). Both are perennial, hardy plants that prefer dry and sunny locations. They grow up to 15 centimetres high and form dense cushions.

Ice plant is rich in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants. Its taste is slightly sour and refreshing. It can be eaten raw or cooked, for example as a salad, soup or vegetable garnish. Ice plant also has a healing effect on skin problems, inflammation and digestive complaints.

How does icewort affect dogs?

Icewort is not poisonous for dogs, in fact it is healthy. It can help them to meet their fluid and vitamin requirements, especially in summer. It can also nourish the skin and coat, strengthen the immune system and aid digestion. Icewort can therefore be a useful addition to your dog's diet.

However, there are a few things you should bear in mind before giving your dog icewort. Firstly, only organically grown or home-grown icewort should be used to avoid pesticide residues. Secondly, you should slowly increase the amount of ice herb and observe how your dog reacts to it. Some dogs do not like the taste of iceweed or do not tolerate it well. Too much icewort can lead to diarrhea or vomiting.

If the dog has access to iceweed, you should also make sure that he does not eat too much. Iceweed contains oxalic acid, which can damage the kidneys in large quantities. Oxalic acid also forms crystals with calcium, which can lead to kidney stones. For this reason, ice plant should not be fed together with dairy products or other calcium-rich foods.

Iceweed is a beautiful and useful plant for humans and dogs. It can be used as a snack or as an addition to dog food. It has many positive effects on the health of dogs when fed in moderation and in good quality. If you want to do something good for your dog, you can give him a few leaves or flowers of ice plant from time to time.

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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊

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