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No, dogs should not eat oregano since the herb poses a risk of mild poisoning. Oregano poisoning in dogs can have symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a slow heart rate. It can also cause severe side effects, such as ulcers and lowered blood pressure. Therefore, it is best to not feed your dog oregano.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Overeating can lead to mild poisoning.
Nutritional Issues Oregano is a strong herb and eating it in excess can irritate the digestive tract of a dog.
Potential Risks Eating oregano in excess can lead to oregano poisoning, which can also result in long-term conditions, such as ulcers. Oregano essential oil can also be too strong for dogs and cause skin irritation and itching if applied.
Symptoms Abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammation of the digestive tract.
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 Oregano is Bad for Dogs?

In smaller doses, oregano is typically regarded as safe for dogs. However, taking a lot of it might irritate the stomach, and oregano’s volatile oils can be hazardous to dogs if taken in excessive quantities. It’s advisable to steer clear of giving dogs a lot of oregano, and you should always speak with a veterinarian before giving your dog any new food or medication.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Much Oregano

If your dog has eaten too much oregano, it will exhibit these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Slow heart rate
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Abdominal discomfort

What to Do if Your Dog is Sick from Oregano?

If your dog is sick from oregano, you can manage the symptoms at home since oregano poisoning is not severe in most cases. However, we suggest going to the vet to get the best care for your canine companion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Some dogs might enjoy the taste of oregano. However, it depends entirely on the taste of your dog.

  • In moderation, oregano has many antibiotic and antifungal properties, which can be excellent for your dog.

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.