My Dog Ate Oregano Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 01/10/21 •  3 min read
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Oregano is a very popular herb used in all types of dishes. It’s commonly used in Italian food and more. What happens if a dog eats oregano? Is oregano safe for dogs?

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What is Oregano?

Oregano is an herb that’s very popular in cooking. The leaves of the plant can be used fresh or dried and have a very strong, pungent smell and taste. This herb comes in many varieties and wasn’t very common in the US until after WWII.

Oregano is often used with herbs and vegetables including onion, garlic, thyme, basil, parsley, and even olive oil. Are you getting hungry yet? We thought so!

This yummy herb is used in all types of dishes—from sauces to meat dishes and even with beans. And it’s a healthy herb. Oregano has antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It also contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects.

While this is a healthy herb, is it safe for dogs?

Oregano Can Be Toxic to Dogs

According to the ASPCA, oregano can be toxic to dogs (and cats). However, this is a mild toxin to dogs. If your dog goes eat this, he may experience these symptoms:

In some cases, the herb has been known to cause low blood pressure, a decreased heart rate, or even ulcers.

If your dog only eats a little bit of oregano, he will be OK. This herb is only toxic in larger amounts. However, if your dog has eaten oregano and you’re worried, then be sure to call the vet. They will have the best advice and guidance about the safety of oregano for your fur baby.

On the other hand, if your dog has eaten a lot of oregano, then you may want to call the vet. This is not an emergency, but your dog may not feel too well after ingesting this herb in large amounts.

Treatment of Oregano Poisoning in Dogs

At the vet’s, they will perform a physical exam for your dog and will do lab work, too. Treatment may involve inducing vomiting or performing gastric lavage. The vet will treat any symptoms as the come up and may choose to treat your dog with a medication such as omeprazole, if your dog has developed an ulcer. This medication can also work to call down the digestive tract.

Dogs who have suffered oregano poisoning usually go on to a full recovery quickly after treatment. They also usually have no lasting ill effects from ingesting oregano.

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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