A dog with an unsure expression looking at lemongrass, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Lemongrass?

Yes, dogs can eat lemongrass, but only in small amounts and with caution. While fresh lemongrass is not toxic to dogs, the risk lies in its fibrous texture and essential oils, which can cause digestive upset if consumed in large quantities. Moreover, any part of the lemongrass plant should be avoided if it has been treated with pesticides.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 23, 2024

Did You Know?

Lemongrass is commonly used in cooking but is not suitable for canine consumption.




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Benefits and Risks of Lemongrass

Lemongrass contains antioxidants and essential oils that have potential health benefits, such as aiding digestion and warding off parasites. However, these benefits come with risks. The fibrous leaves can cause irritation in the digestive tract, leading to vomiting or diarrhea. Ingesting essential oils in high concentrations can be toxic to dogs, posing a risk to their liver and kidneys.

What Parts of Lemongrass are Safe/Unsafe?

  • Safe:
    • Fresh, untreated lemongrass in very small amounts
  • Unsafe:
    • Lemongrass essential oil
    • Large quantities of fresh lemongrass
    • Lemongrass treated with pesticides

Other Products Containing Lemongrass

Lemongrass can be found in various products, often unexpectedly. Always scrutinize ingredient lists:

  • Herbal Teas: Typically, these are not safe for dogs due to the concentration of essential oils.
  • Prepared Foods: Asian dishes, soups, and marinades often contain lemongrass.
  • Aromatherapy Products: Be cautious, as essential oils and sprays can be harmful if ingested or even inhaled by your dog.

How to Feed Lemongrass to Your Dog

If you decide to give your dog lemongrass, do so sparingly. Chop it finely and mix it into their regular food. A pinch is more than enough. Never let them chew on whole leaves. Remember, moderation is key!

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Lemongrass?

If your dog shows signs of distress after consuming lemongrass—such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy—remove any remaining lemongrass from their environment and contact your veterinarian immediately. Quick action can prevent more severe health issues.

Safer Alternatives to Lemongrass

There are several other herbs and foods that can offer similar benefits without the risks:

  • Parsley: Great for fresh breath and contains antioxidants.
  • Cucumber: Hydrating and low-calorie.
  • Carrots: Excellent for digestion and dental health.


While lemongrass can be given to dogs in small amounts, it’s essential to be cautious. Always monitor for any adverse reactions and consult your vet for personalized advice. When introducing new foods, safety should always be your priority to ensure your furry friend’s well-being.