Can I Give My Dog Cilantro?

Can I Give My Dog Cilantro?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.

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Isis January, 2016

I agree, we feed raw and our dogs are beautifully healthy. No ‘formulated’ kibble can possibly compare, it lacks enzymes, phytonutrients and plant sterols – all which aid digestion and prevent things like cancer. Kibble is a lazy person’s solution to dog food and the equivalent of us living on a meal replacement shake and saying it is formulated to contain everything we need. It might be but do you honestly think that would beat a whole food fresh diet?

I work in the raw pet food industry and I am sorely distressed by how poorly informed most vets are and how they do not support raw feeding. If they did though, they’d more than likely be put out of business, so it really is all economics!


Pat October, 2015

I bought some salmon patties that contain small amounts of cilantro and my dog loves them. No problems at all.


Linda May, 2015

I dropped cilantro on the floor while washing it and my dog had a fit over it. I had to then do research to make sure I didn’t need to make a call to the vet. Now she’s fine and has fresh kisses. I will now use in slight moderation.


PJ January, 2014

I have a mini schnauzer with a lot of food and environmental allergies. I have come to the point where I let him tell me what is okay for him to eat. The first time I got the cilantro out, he came running. I didn’t think he would eat it but he loved it. I let him have it occasionally, and only 1 or 2 leaves at most. By the way, I have tried “good quality kibble” and it just doesn’t work for him. Raw is best.


Anonymous October, 2014

Regarding raw food, I had similar situation with my dog. After many trips and calls to the vet, and after trying many high quality kibbles, raw food is what finally did the trick. Now my Jack Russell never has issues with colitis. My vet doesn’t like it, but I’ve gotta do what works!


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