Can Dogs Eat Cilantro?

April Saylor

April Saylor

. Reviewed by Sandra C. Mitchell, DVM, DABVP
Updated Apr. 21, 2024
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Always check with your veterinarian first before giving your dog any new foods, especially “people foods.” What might be OK for one dog

You’re whipping up tacos and notice Fido looking very interested in your dinner. A bite of cooked chicken or steak is probably what he’s salivating for, but curious hounds that want to try everything you’re eating may be interested in a taste of your cilantro. But can dogs eat the herb safely?

Is Cilantro Bad for Dogs?

Cilantro is not toxic for dogs, and it’s fine to let them try a little taste of the herb. While your dog may not be inclined to eat cilantro, it does not pose any significant risks to your pet when consumed in moderation. But as with any new ingredient, keep an eye out for any adverse reactions or sensitivities and stop offering if your dog experiences digestive upset.

While generally safe for dogs, too much cilantro can lead to gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea or vomiting. Introduce all new foods, including cilantro, gradually and in small quantities to be sure your dog can tolerate the new snack. If you notice any adverse effects after giving your dog cilantro, stop feeding it and call your vet.

Can Dogs Eat Cilantro Lime Rice?

While plain white rice can help dogs with gastrointestinal issues, cilantro lime rice is not something you should share with your dog. Typically, cilantro lime rice contains additional ingredients such as onions or garlic, which are both toxic to pups. The seasoning and high fat content in this dish can also contribute to digestive issues and other complications.

How Much Cilantro Can a Dog Eat?

As with any treats—including herbs—remember the 10% rule: Treats should only make up 10% of their daily calorie intake. The rest should come from a diet of well-balanced dog food.

For small dogs, a few sprinkles of cilantro per meal is enough. Larger dogs can have slightly larger portions, but don’t overfeed. Too much cilantro for dogs can cause digestive issues.

How To Feed a Dog Cilantro

Start with fresh cilantro and wash it thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides that may be present. Chop it into small pieces. Mix the chopped cilantro into your dog's regular food or into a dog bowl of pup-friendly vegetables.

Once they’ve had a few bites, watch for any signs of allergies or sensitivities for 24 hours. If you notice any signs of allergic reaction such as itching, difficulty breathing, or digestive upset, stop feeding cilantro and call your vet.

Because dogs require a balanced, nutrient-dense diet, cilantro should only be given as an occasional treat or food topper to supplement their regular food. Cilantro should never be considered a substitute for the nutrients dogs need from a well-balanced dog food.

Other Foods To Feed Your Dog

If your pooch doesn’t love the taste of cilantro, there are plenty of other healthy “human foods” that are safe for him to try. This list of dog-safe foods is a great start if you want to offer your dog a little variety, and they can be a nutritious alternative to packaged dog treats (when given in moderation).

It’s always a good idea to check with your vet before introducing new foods to your dog's mealtime routine. They can offer nutrition recommendations that take your pet’s health, age, and weight into account. 

April Saylor


April Saylor

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