How safe is it for dogs? Can dogs eat cilantro? Fresh or dried, keep reading to find out whether dogs can eat it – and how much is safe.
It is usually served as a garnish for human foods, but is cilantro ok for dogs? This guide will look at whether it is safe for your pet and any warning signs you should look out for if your dog eats cilantro.
For ultimate pet safety, please ask your vet any questions you have regarding your dog eating cilantro.
- Can Dogs Eat Cilantro
- Is Cilantro Good For Dogs
- How To Give A Dog Cilantro
- How Much Cilantro Should Dogs Eat
- Can Dogs Eat Cilantro Seeds
- Can Dogs Eat Cilantro Roots
- Can Dogs Eat Fresh Leaves
- Can Dogs Have Cilantro Juice
- Can Dogs Eat Culantro
- How To Use Cilantro Oil On Dogs
- Can Dogs Eat Lime-Cilantro Rice
- My Dog Ate Cilantro – What Do I Do
- Final Thoughts
- More Dog Food Resources
Can Dogs Eat Cilantro
Yes, dogs can have cilantro. In fact, it is an herb that is really good for dogs. There are lots of health benefits of it and it can even help your pup if they have an upset stomach.
Keep reading and I’ll share more details about cilantro – including all the nutrients in it, and how much to give your pet.
Is Cilantro Good For Dogs
Yes, this herb is a good thing to add to your dog’s diet because it is packed with lots of nutrients and vitamins. It’s really beneficial for a dog’s health because it has vitamin C which will boost their immune system, vitamin A for their eyes and healthy skin, and vitamin K for a shiny coat.
Also called Chinese Parsley, cilantro is a good source of potent antioxidants. This helps to fight free radicals and prevent disease.
Another one of the benefits of cilantro is that it can also help make your dog’s breath smell a little better too! (All of us that enjoy doggy kisses will appreciate this!)
It will also help your dog grow healthy bones. It is an excellent source of both calcium and magnesium, which are important minerals for strong bones and go a long way in preventing health conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis.
It’s a great source of vitamins and even helps level your dog’s blood sugar levels.
How To Give A Dog Cilantro
The best way to share cilantro with your furry friend is to finely chop up the cilantro leaves and mix them up in your dog’s food. If your pet is particular about their food, they might not want to eat it with the herbs in it. Let your pet sniff it first. If they don’t like it, don’t try to give it to them.
If your dog isn’t very picky, you could also just sprinkle it on top of their dog food and see if they eat it.
Dog owners should be very careful with how much they give their dog – I’ll explain how to introduce it safely in the following section. It is a fresh herb, which means it is high in fiber. So, giving your pet large amounts of it might cause digestive issues.
Talk to your veterinarian before you try to treat your pet’s stomach upset or bad breath with cilantro. Please do not try to treat health issues at home without consulting medical help – you might be overlooking serious complications.
You can also add a little bit of cilantro into a homemade healthy treat. Mix it in and your dog won’t even taste it.
How Much Cilantro Should Dogs Eat
Even though it is classified as one of the safe herbs to give dogs, you should still only give your pet small quantities of it, especially if you don’t know how they will handle it.
The amount of cilantro you give your pet depends on whether they have had it before and what kinds of food allergies they have.
The safe way to introduce it to your pet is by giving them a very small amount and seeing how their body reacts to it. If they don’t have an allergic reaction or show signs of digestion issues, then you know they can handle it just fine. This is a good rule to follow every time you introduce new food to your pet.
The short answer is to give your dog a little bit, see how they handle it, and then give them a little more the next time.
Can Dogs Eat Cilantro Seeds
Another name for cilantro seeds is coriander and you might have a jar of it in your spice cabinet, either the whole seeds or ground. Yes, dogs can have coriander. It is safe for them.
The dried seeds do not have the same health benefits as the fresh leaves.
Can Dogs Eat Cilantro Roots
There is nothing toxic about cilantro roots. This is one of the parts of the cilantro plant that you should probably not let your dog eat, however, because it has too much fiber.
If your dog nibbles on the roots, they will probably be just fine, but the fiber might give them an upset stomach.
The best and safest idea is to keep your dog away from the cilantro plant.
Can Dogs Eat Fresh Leaves
Yes, dogs can eat fresh herbs and fresh cilantro. Remember, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, only give them small doses of the herbs at once. A pinch of cilantro is the right amount to add on top of your dog’s food. It will boost their overall health.
If you have an herb garden, you might see the leaves change different colors. When the cilantro is dying, the leaves will turn pink or red. It is still safe for your dog to eat these leaves, but they don’t have as many health benefits and your pet probably won’t like how dry and crunchy they are.
Can Dogs Have Cilantro Juice
Even though cilantro juice is safe for dogs, I do not recommend letting your dogs drink it. Juice is really high in sugar and if your dog consumes too many calories it could lead to unhealthy weight gain and related problems.
Can Dogs Eat Culantro
Culantro grows in the Caribbean and is also called spiny coriander because of how it looks. This is not the same plant as cilantro. This is not easy to find in the United States, so there isn’t any information out there that I could find about whether it is safe for dogs to eat.
I would play it safe and just keep it away from my dogs.
How To Use Cilantro Oil On Dogs
Cilantro oil has antibacterial properties and is a safe essential oil for dogs. Dilute it with coconut oil before you apply it to your dog’s skin. Always keep all essential oils away from your dogs nose and eyes.
Dogs have very sensitive noses too, so do not them in the same room as your dog. Read more about diffuser essential oils toxic to dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Lime-Cilantro Rice
Depending on how this people food is prepared, your dog might be able to eat a little bit of cilantro lime rice. Do not let your dog eat anything that is made with garlic, onion, or added salt.
If it is plain rice with some lime and cilantro, then it is safe to share a little bit with your dog.
My Dog Ate Cilantro – What Do I Do
One of the most common questions you might have is, “can dogs eat cilantro?” This is especially true if you are Googling because you know they just ate some.
Keep an eye out on your dog and watch for any reaction. If you notice any change in your dog’s behavior or your dog becomes sick, contact your veterinarian or an emergency vet clinic immediately.
A little bit of cilantro is safe to share with your dog. Always watch for signs that your dog’s body doesn’t like it and make sure to give your pet a healthy balanced diet.
More Dog Food Resources
Here are some more articles about other foods. Find out whether they are safe or dangerous for your dog.
- Can Dogs Eat Basil
- Can Dogs Eat Beans
- Can Dogs Eat Ginger
- Can Dogs Eat Lemongrass
- Can Dogs Eat Kiwi
- Can Dogs Eat Oregano
- Can Dogs Eat Rosemary
- Can Dogs Have Peppermint
- Can Dogs Have Salt
Find lots more articles about food dogs can and can’t eat here on Spoiled Hounds!
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How much of a capsule of cilantro 425 mg can I give to my 12 pound 14 year old dog. Thank you
Renee Dobbs says
Since I don’t know how the capsule equates to fresh cilantro, I can’t recommend an amount. You’ll need to ask your vet for guidance.