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Yes, dogs can safely eat fresh mint leaves in small quantities. Humans usually use peppermint and spearmint in their food, and dogs should be given only those for eating. One particular kind of mint plant called pennyroyal is toxic to dogs. Therefore, it is essential to make sure of the kind of mint leaves you give your dog.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in small amounts.
Nutritional Value Fresh mint leaves have anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe your dog’s stomach. Processed mint in candies and gums is harmful to dogs and should be avoided.
Potential Risks Eating too many fresh mint leaves can lead to gastrointestinal problems for your dog. Giving your dog breath mints or mint candy is risky since they can contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Concentrated mint from essential oils is also harmful to dogs and can be toxic.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Mint is Safe for Dogs?

A few fresh mint leaves occasionally are safe for dogs to eat. However, the amount of mint safe for your dog can be determined only by factoring in your dog’s size, type of mint, and overall canine health.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats too Much Mint?

If your dog eats too many mint leaves, it can get sick and exhibit these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy

If your dog eats too much mint in the form of candies, then it can have other issues apart from immediate gastrointestinal problems. In the long run, regular inclusion of mint-based sweets can lead to obesity and pancreatitis in your dog. If the candies have concentrated mint oil, it can be a problem since it can harm your dog and even be toxic to them.

Some mint plants are also toxic to dogs, such as Pennyroyal. If your dog eats too many of these plants, you should seek immediate medical assistance.

How to Feed Mint to Your Dog?

If you want to feed mint to your dog, it’s important to do so in moderation and a safe form. First, you should consult your veterinarian before introducing new food to your dog’s diet. If you are given the go-ahead from your vet, you can feed your dog mint. Ensure to only give your dog a few fresh mint leaves and avoid all other forms of mint that you may eat. Sweets and candies with mint can harm your dog due to their high sugar content. They may also contain concentrated mint oil, which is unsuitable for dogs and can be considered toxic. Once you feed your dog the mint leaves, be vigilant and look for any signs of gastrointestinal distress. If your dog has vomiting or diarrhea, avoid giving them mint in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Peppermints make for an excellent holiday treat but can easily trigger your dog’s digestive system. Eating a peppermint might cause vomiting and diarrhea in your dog.

  • Fresh mint leaves from peppermint or spearmint plants are safe for dogs to eat. However, a particular mint plant called pennyroyal is toxic to dogs and should be avoided.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.