Can I Give My Dog Cilantro?

Can I Give My Dog Cilantro?Cilantro might make foods taste better, but is it something that you should give to a dog? Most of the time spices get a no go when it comes to your pet dog.

Considering that cilantro can be found within many food recipes today, should this fact stop you from getting them things like grilled chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and anything else containing cilantro? Even if it doesn’t harm your dog, it’s not something they’re going to savor. The question becomes, why give them Cilantro?

Some people say that their dogs like to eat cilantro, and that they’ve given it to them without incident. Some even claim it’s good for an upset stomach. We aren’t convinced of that.

Can I Give My Dog Cilantro? Answer: Not Necessary

Humans are the only species on the planet that seasons their food, unless you count Japanese monkeys using saltwater, but that’s still under debate.

We’re also the only species to actually cook our food. That’s why most table food is a no go for dogs in general. We’ve doctored our dishes up so much with spices and preservatives, and then gone one step further to cook our meals.

Our foods end up being nothing like what an animal, including your dog, would find in the wild. That’s a reality that’s in their DNA and it doesn’t include cilantro.

This doesn’t mean you can only give your dog things that they would naturally eat if left alone in the woods. It just gives you a good indicator of how well their system would handle it. Cilantro is a leafy herb related to parsley, and in small amounts won’t do harm to your dog. There is not cause for alarm if they do happen to eat some.

But if you think it will calm their stomach the way it is thought to in humans, that’s probably a different story. There’s nothing showing that this would be a calming remedy for your dog’s digestion. On the contrary, if you end up giving them too much you may actually cause them mild digestive troubles.

View on Cilantro

This wild herb is also known as coriander. It contains a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K but that doesn’t mean it’s beneficial to your dog. There are other and more cost effective ways to supplement your dog’s diet rather than using cilantro. But more importantly, does your dog even need such supplementation? If so, you must find out why!

Keeping Things Easy

The easiest way to feed your dog is to refrain from giving them table scraps and people food altogether. Take all the money that you save and put it towards a good quality dog food. This way you don’t have to worry about what you give them, as all of their nourishment and sustenance will come from the dog food. Save the cilantro for you and your upright family members!

Truthfully, you shouldn’t need to supplement your canine’s diet with anything extra. Cilantro or other herbs to calm the stomach is a game of  hit or miss.

Your Dog is a Machine

When running at optimal nutrition, a dog is a well oiled machine and requires very little maintenance. As long as they’re getting all of the protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, they will have lots of energy and be ready to go when you are.

That’s why you can disregard the advice from well-meaning dog owners that say it’s okay to give their dogs cilantro.

Just watch what you give them and keep things as simple and nutritious as possible. Your dog can either be looked at as a guinea pig or you can consider them a creature of the Earth, not so different from yourself, and a being that deserves nothing but the best.

Cilantro Conclusion

You have the opportunity to make sure that your dog  lives a long and healthy life with the proper diet. You shouldn’t just feed them things because some other owner says it’s okay. While the intention is good, we are neutral on this lime-like herb as it is just not necessary.

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PJ January 29, 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.

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Anonymous October 4, 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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