Can Dogs Eat Parsley?


Can Dogs Eat Parsley?
Yes! Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as providing dogs with antioxidants. Antioxidants act as an anti-inflammatory and help to reduce inflammation around the muscles and joints, especially in older dogs. It is important to note that a specific type of parsley (Petroselinum crispum or Spring Parsley) contains toxins that, when consumed in large amounts, can become toxic to dogs. Ensure you do not feed this type of parsley to your dog. 


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Are Dogs Allowed Parsley?


As briefly mentioned above, the correct type of parsley is highly nutritious for dogs and provides them with various vitamins and minerals. Below we have described the health benefits in more detail. 

Health Benefits

Vitamin A
This vitamin is a necessity for dogs as it helps to maintain their health on a day to day basis. Dogs need vitamin A to ensure their nerves function properly as well as ensuring their coat, skin, and muscles are in a healthy state. Vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato, and kale provide the highest levels of Vitamin A for dogs. 

Vitamin C
Unlike humans, dogs do not need a source of vitamin C as they have the ability to produce their own. That being said, it does provide dogs with various health benefits. Research suggests that vitamin C helps dogs prevent joint disease, hip dysplasia, and spinal disorders. It also boosts their immune system, thus reducing the risk of catching any sickness bugs or colds. Sweet potatoes provide high levels of vitamin C, as well as oily fish such as mackerel and salmon.

These act as an anti-inflammatory and help to reduce swelling and inflammation around the joints. As dogs get older it is common for them to get arthritis, consuming foods with high levels of antioxidants reduces the risk of a dog getting arthritis and helps to ease the pain if they do get it.

Microbial Properties
Most human foods provide dogs with the necessary vitamins and minerals. However, not all foods have microbial properties. These properties help to make your dog's breath smell better. Most dogs have a consistent build-up for plaque around their teeth and gums; over time, this plaque begins to smell. Adding a small amount of parsley into your dogs' diet will help reduce the smell. Also, you should consider brushing your dog's teeth and provide chew toys to help reduce plaque build-up. 

What Is Parsley Poisoning?


Petroselinum crispum, also known as 'spring parsley' and Cymopterus watsonii, can be highly toxic when consumed in large amounts. Although they're not widely known to be toxic plants, these types of parsley cause photosensitivity in animals. 
In regards to parsley poisoning, the parsley contains furanocoumarins, which enhances ultraviolet radiation. In less scientific terms, if your dog was to eat these types of parsley and then go outside in the sun, they're more likely to have a skin reaction to the sun, a bit like sunburn. 
If you think your dog has eaten these types of parsley, check for the symptoms (see below) to ensure they have not reacted. If you notice any of these symptoms, call the local veterinarian straight away. 


As all dogs are different and react differently, these symptoms may vary. 

> Lethargic
> Exudative Dermatitis
> Excessive Itching Scratching 
> Ocular Toxicity
> Red and Sore Skin 

Treatment of Parsley Poisoning
The symptoms your dog is displaying will determine the type of treatment they receive. If you know your dog has eaten a vast amount of this specific parsley, the vet will more than likely make your dog vomit to try and retrieve it. If this treatment does not bring it up, and the process has gone too far, the vet will provide a type of charcoal that helps bind and neutralize the toxins inside the stomach. This will prevent the stomach absorbing any more of the harmful substance and stop any skin irritation or sores. 
If the skin has become irritable and sore, the vet will provide specific cream that will need to be administered on a daily basis. A cone will be recommended to help prevent your dog from licking or gnawing the sore skin. Finally, if your dog is suffering from photosensitivity, they will need to be kept out of the sun as much as possible to prevent any further damage. 

How To Serve Parsley (non-toxic) For Your Dog


Parsley Tea
Brewing parsley tea may sound complicated and time-consuming, but in fact, it's super easy and can last for a long time! To make this delicious tea, simply take a handful of fresh or dried parsley leaves for every quart of boiling water added. The tea should be covered and sit for up to for hours. After, the tea can be returned to simmer at low heat. It can then be transferred to an ice cube or muffin tray and placed in the freezer. Pop one out for when your dog is in need of a refreshing treat on a hot summer's day!

Parsley Soup
The soup has been widely used for dogs that suffer from urinary tract infection (UTI). It works best when given on an empty stomach. To make the soup, simply use a blender and add the parsley with water, approximately one part water for every one part leaf. When feeding it to your dog, one teaspoon should be administered for every 20lbs they weigh. It may not taste amazing for your dog, try mixing it in with their normal daily meals. 

Parsley Leaves
Simply adding a handful of leaves into a dogs weekly diet will be an excellent way to increase their vitamin A and antioxidant levels. Simply chop them up finely and add them to your dog's normal meals. The added treat of making your dog's breath smell nice is a bonus too!

Parsley Dog Treat Recipes 


*Ensure your dog is not allergic or lactose intolerant to any of the ingredients used prior to feeding them. Give these treats in moderation, approximately 1-2 maximum per day.*

Homemade Peanut Butter and Parsley Dog Treats


> 1 cup oat flour*
> 1 cup whole wheat flour**
> ¼ cup rolled oats
> 1 tablespoon baking powder
> ¼ cup parsley flakes
> ¼ cup ground flaxseed
> 1 cup peanut butter
> 1 egg
> ½ cup milk (dairy, almond, soy)

  1. Preheat oven to 325*F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the oat flour, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, ground flaxseed, and parsley flakes then set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, egg and milk until fully combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until no wet ingredients remain in the bottom of the bowl.
  5. To fully incorporate all ingredients, turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface (with Whole Wheat Flour) and knead the mixture until everything is combined.
  6. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a quarter or half-inch thickness.
  7. Using cookie cutters of your choice or a knife, cut the dough into shapes.
  8. Place the shapes onto the prepared baking pan leaving a half-inch space between each treat.
  9. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom. Remove the cookies from the oven and flip. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-12 minutes until browned on all sides and firm to the touch.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before feeding to your pets. As the treats cool, they will harden even more.
  11. The cookies will keep for up to a month in a zip-locked back when stored in a cool, dry place.

Recipe inspired by Alyssa @

Parsley and Carrot Treats


> 1 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
> ¼ cup grated carrots
> ¼ cup grated cheese
> 1 tbsp olive oil 
> 2 ⅔ cups flour (whole or hemp flour)
> 2 tbsp crushed bran flakes
> 2 tsp baking powder
> ½ cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease two baking sheets. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the parsley, carrots, cheese, and oil together. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, bran, and baking powder. Add the vegetable mixture and stir well.
  3. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Adding a little more water if needed to make the dough moist. (I usually need the extra two tablespoons of water). Knead the dough for one minute.
  4. Roll out the dough to ½ inch thickness. Using a small dog bone cookie cutter, cut out the 36 biscuits.
  5. Bake in the warmed oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Leave the biscuits on the cookie tray for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. (Biscuits will harden as they cool).
  7. Once cooled, store in an airtight container.
*Recipe inspired by Just a pinch

Parsley and Mint Treats


> 2 cups chickpea flour 
> 1 cup water
> 1 tbsp coconut oil 
> ¼ cup freshly chopped mint
> ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
> 2 tbsp flax seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chickpea flour, coconut oil, water, and fresh herbs.
  3. Knead the dough until ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  4. Next, Roll out the dough on parchment paper, using extra chickpea flour as needed, so it doesn't stick.
  5. Roll out about 2-3cm thickness, and top with flax seeds.
  6. Place the dough on the parchment paper onto the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven at 10 minutes and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, or use a knife to slice squares/rectangle shaped treats. Space them out on the sheet in preparation for the 2nd baking.
  8. Put back into the oven for an additional 10 to 20 minutes so that the treats become extra crunchy. (time will vary based on your oven strength and how dry you'd like the treats to come out!)
  9. Let treats cool before serving. These treats are best consumed fresh, but you can freeze any extra you have for up to 2 months!

Other Nutritious Herbs For Dogs


The number one herb for pizza and pasta yet has nutritional benefits for our furry friends. Oregano is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, which helps to reduce swelling around the joints and muscles. Oregano has also shown to help dogs with digestive problems, diarrhea, and trapped wind. There are products available that have the correct dosage amount, check out to get your dog oregano!

This non-toxic herb is high in iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Rosemary has also high levels of antioxidants, which are extremely beneficial for dogs. Although rosemary is high in iron, it shouldn't replace any existing 'iron' foods in your dog's diet. 

Beneficial to dogs who are suffering from an upset stomach, bad wind, and nausea. Some dog owners add small amounts of peppermint to the dogs' meal before they head off on a long journey, this herb is known to help with car sickness. There is no research suggesting that this herb is toxic for dogs, however high dosage levels may lead to liver and kidney problems. 

Typically known for the main ingredient in pesto, this leafy herb is also nutritious for dogs. It's antioxidants, antiviral and antimicrobial properties help your dog fight off any diseases, infections, and bacteria. 



What smells do dogs hate?
Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges give off a scent that dogs cannot stand. Fruit scented essential oils are worse, dogs find these difficult to take in. Vinegar is also a strong scent that dogs do not like. 

Is oatmeal good for dogs?
Yes! Oatmeal can reduce their cholesterol levels, ultimately lowering the risk of heart disease. As well as this, oats are a good source of zinc, magnesium, vitamins B, and E. 

What vegetables are bad for dogs?
Onions, garlic, wild mushrooms, and avocado are all vegetables that should be kept away from dogs. 



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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.


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