In humans, studies have demonstrated that a genetic component can influence whether you like or dislike this herb. But would a dog enjoy the same treat? Cilantro leaves are safe for dogs to eat in moderation.
Can Dogs Have Cilantro?
Although eating this herb does not replace brushing teeth and professional dental cleanings, cilantro can help improve the scent of your dog’s breath. However, not all dogs are going to like cilantro. “Though cilantro is not toxic to dogs, most dogs do not like the taste of cilantro,” Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer for the AKC, cautions. You’ll have to let your dog taste small amounts of cilantro to see what they think of the flavor.
There are other potential benefits to cilantro. It is a great source of calcium, as well as magnesium, which can help your dog’s structural bone health. Cilantro contains vitamin K, which supports skin and fur health. The vitamin A in cilantro is beneficial to your dog’s eye health, and the vitamin C in cilantro can support the immune system.
Is cilantro bad for dogs? No, but it should only be fed to dogs in small quantities. If a dog is fed too much cilantro, it can lead to gastrointestinal upset.
How to Safely Feed Your Dog Cilantro
In small quantities, cilantro is perfectly safe to share with your dog. When feeding cilantro to your dog, you’ll want to only use the leaves and avoid the stems. “The stems are difficult to digest and may lead to gastrointestinal issues in some dogs when eaten,” explains Dr. Klein. The best way to feed cilantro to your dog is by dicing up the leaves and using it as a garnish on your dog’s food. Alternatively, you can use the diced cilantro in your favorite homemade dog treat recipes.
Discontinue feeding it to them if you notice any stomach irritation or food aversion and reluctance to eat. Dogs should be getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients from their regular meals. Always talk with your dog’s veterinarian before incorporating new foods and supplements into your pet’s diet.