Cilantro may make foods taste better, but that shouldn’t factor into whether you should be sharing this herb with the family dog. In fact, most kinds of spices are actually inappropriate for pets.
Also known as coriander or Chinese parsley, cilantro is found in many delicious recipes. For this reason, providing some to a dog is a common question. So is this popular herb harmful or healthy for canines? Let’s find out!
Many owners report that their dogs love to eat meals containing cilantro, and without incident. Others even claim it’s good for an upset stomach as well as nausea, gas and indigestion. So, we are fairly certain, this herb is not toxic for canines.
Can I Give My Dog Cilantro? Answer: Yes, in moderation
The health benefits are questionable but consuming a bit won’t cause harm.
Cilantro is a leafy herb closely related to parsley and, in small amounts, it’s unlikely to be dangerous for dogs. You can incorporate some into your dog’s meals on occasion. Unless your pet pooch is allergic to cilantro, there’s no cause for alarm if they do happen to eat some.
The Possible Health Benefits
Some say cilantro can calm a canine stomach in the same way it’s thought to sometimes work in humans. But there’s no definitive research showing that this would be a calming remedy for doggie digestion or any other canine ailment. In fact, if you end up giving them too much, you may actually cause your dog to experience some mild digestive troubles.
Perspective on Herbs
Humans are the only species on the planet that season their food, unless you count Japanese monkeys using saltwater! In fact, we’re also the only species to actually cook our meals.
That’s one reason why, in general, table food is so questionable for dogs. Our foods are nothing like what an animal, including your dog, would normally eat. Over time, we’ve doctored our dishes up with many different spices and preservatives. This is not to say Cilantro isn’t healthy. In fact, it is very healthy.
Coriander, Canines & Cure-alls
This wild herb is also known as coriander. It contains a good amount of vitamin A, some vitamin C as well as vitamin K but that doesn’t mean it’s going to work wonders for your dog. The flavonoids, iron and magnesium could be beneficial as well, in theory.
However, there are other and more cost effective ways to supplement your dog’s diet rather than using cilantro. More importantly, does your dog even need such supplementation? If so, you must find out why this is the case!
Dog Food First
The easiest way to feed your dog is to refrain from giving them table scraps and people food altogether. Take the money you’ve saved and put it towards a good quality dog food. This way you won’t have to worry about what you give them. Their nourishment and sustenance will come from the formulated dog food.
Truthfully, you shouldn’t need to supplement your canine’s diet with anything extra. The use of cilantro and most other herbs is a game of hit or miss. It may or may not help at all. Maybe it’s best to just save the cilantro for you and your upright family members!
Keeping it Simple
When running at optimal nutrition, a dog is a well-oiled machine and requires very little maintenance. As long as they are getting all the proper protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals they will have lots of energy.
Normally, all you have to do is watch what you give them and keep things simple. If you have a sick dog and you’re considering the use of cilantro, we would advise you to seek out an excellent veterinarian rather than taking a trial-and-error approach.
Conclusion on Cilantro
Make sure that your dog lives a long and healthy life with the proper diet instead of questionable supplementation. Don’t just feed them things because somebody else says it is okay to do so. While your intention is good, we are mostly neutral on this lime-like herb known as cilantro.