Can Dogs Eat Dandelions? Safe & Unsafe Amounts


Dandelions contain a number of nutrients that make them useful for both animal and human health. Besides their vitamin and mineral content, dandelions are also known to regulate digestion.

For this reason, some pet parents might wonder whether they are safe to give to their dogs.

Yes, dandelions are indeed a safe food for dogs, but be sure to avoid going overboard. If you have any concerns whatsoever, make sure to get in touch with your veterinarian and ask them if your dog’s specific needs and health status make them capable of eating dandelions.

Benefits for dogs


Like any other greens out there, dandelion contains a good amount of antioxidants, which fight off inflammation and they also make it possible for your dog to enjoy a healthier and longer life.


Vitamin A

Vitamin A has been linked with supporting excellent vision, but it has a number of other benefits, too, such as supporting good skin health.

Vitamin C

As one of the most valuable nutrients in dandelion, vitamin C is a great addition to your dog’s diet since it assists their immune system in fighting off pathogens of any kind.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a natural coagulant. This means that if your dog ever goes through an accident (not that that’s likely to happen), vitamin K will make it easier for a hemorrhage to be stopped or at least slowed down until your pet gets medical assistance.


Dandelions contain a variety of minerals ranging from iron and magnesium to calcium and potassium. These are essential for keeping the functionality of your dog’s internal organs up to par, but they also have a positive effect on the musculoskeletal system.

How much to feed

While it might be true that dogs are omnivores (especially compared to other animals, such as cats), most of their diet should be made up of proteins and fats. Therefore, feeding dandelions to your pet must happen only on occasion.

If you notice that your dog is a huge fan of dandelions and other greens, you can use them as a treat for when they do something good or for when they have learned a new trick.

Without further ado, here are some guidelines on how much dandelion you can give to your dog.

Potential risks

If you pick dandelions when you go hiking with your dog, for example, there is nothing to say that others might not have walked the same path with their pets, too.

Germ contamination

If you pick dandelions when you go hiking with your dog, for example, there is nothing to say that others might not have walked the same path with their pets, too.

As you know, dogs mark their territory whenever they have the chance. While dandelions can contain bacteria (it could be right on the surface of the plant), they can also contain larvae or very small parasite eggs.

Pesticide contamination

If the land you pick the dandelions from has been sprayed with some kind of insecticide, you can’t know for sure how safe it is for your dog. Some pesticides can cause serious health problems while with others, long-term exposure is the only one that can lead to the same outcome. Weed killers are just as dangerous.

Preparing the food

There is nothing complicated about giving your dog dandelions. All you have to do is to wash them thoroughly, just to be on the safe side of things.

If you are worried about potential bacterial contamination from other animals’ urine and feces, you can simply leave the dandelions in water to soak for one to two hours. Then give them a good rinse and feed them to your dog.

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Serving ideas

Many dogs will not be interested in dandelions at all, and while they might try to nibble on the plant or flower out of sheer curiosity, they will quickly lose their interest in it.

If you want to incorporate dandelions into your dog’s diet, you can do so with the following suggestions:

  • Mix it with fruit to turn it into a healthy smoothie
  • Freeze them with pitted cherries or blueberries for a summer snack
  • Make dandelion tea and give it to your dog instead of water
  • Make a tincture out of it (but be careful of how much alcohol you add in it)
  • Add it on top of your dog’s wet food


Dandelion is a safe plant for dogs to consume, but it does have its risks. Depending on its origin, this plant can contain traces of bacteria and other microorganisms or can be contaminated with pesticides.

If you would like to give your dog the benefits of dandelion but without the risks, using store-bought tea or alcohol-free tincture can be an alternative.

Make sure to ask your vet before deciding to give dandelions to your dog.

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Cristina Vulpe

Cristina Vulpe

As a veterinarian and a cat guardian, Cristina Vulpe holds a Ph.D. in veterinary oncology. She loves writing about feline pathology, parasitology, and infectious diseases, but she also cares deeply about animal nutrition and welfare. When she isn't writing, you can always find her in the company of her cat and a good book.
Iasi, Romania