The question is can dogs eat pepper? We know there are many foods a dog may or may not eat. Since a dog possesses a sensitive stomach, some foods that humans enjoy might pose a serious problem for dogs.
Dogs relish several spicy foods, including peppers. Now let’s talk about your dog and peppers. There are bell peppers and chili peppers. And black peppers. But can your dog(s) eat any of these?
Can Dogs Eat Pepper and Spicy Foods?
Green Bell Pepper
Green bell peppers are very crunchy vegetables that are considered one of the most versatile out there. The raw and tasty veggie can have your dog wagging its tail because of its fresh colors. Well, it is safe to let the dogs have some.
Green bell peppers contain vitamin C, which is useful in improving a dog’s immune system. Also, green bell peppers contain considerable amounts of beta carotene.
For a dog, beta carotene has a host of uses.
Firstly, beta carotene assists in protecting a dog’s eyesight. Aged dogs would benefit more from this compound as it also helps in stopping the growth of cataracts.
Beta carotene is also connected with arthritis, according to research, and hence, old dogs need it to remain healthy.
Thirdly, beta carotene helps in keeping cancer (certain types) at bay. So it goes without saying that green bell peppers are safe and even beneficial for your dogs, but experts recommend that they are given in moderation.
Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers are very much like green bell peppers. Only that they contain higher amounts of vitamin C and A.
These veggies are safe for your dogs to consume; however, it must be moderately consumed. The red bell peppers are unfortunately loaded with high amounts of fiber, and when your dog eats it in excess, there are bound to be negative symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, dehydration, vomiting, nausea or indigestion.
Chili peppers are highly spicy and contain high amounts of capsaicin. The capsaicin compound is known to be toxic and irritates dogs. If your dog consumes more than a slice of chili pepper, it is heading for serious digestive problems.
You have learned about red and green bell peppers and chili peppers and how your dog responds to them. However, can dogs eat black peppers?
The perfect answer lies in regulation. Regulating what your dog eats is the key to having a healthy and happy dog.
Black peppers are not necessarily harmful to dogs except when consumed in large amounts.
What Is The Best Way To Serve Dogs Bell Peppers?
There is not a particular method of feeding bell peppers to dogs. The important thing is to ensure that that added elements or food are okay for it to consume too.
If you serve bell peppers to your dog raw, it might have a hard time trying to chew it. This is because the dog’s dentition is built for meat chewing, and not for the tough-skinned vegetables like peppers. Sometimes after trying so hard to chew some of these plants, a dog might throw them out.
It is advisable to mix the pepper in a puree and add it to the dog’s food. Also, if you like your dogs to have their pepper cooked, to be on the safe side, you should be careful of what else is cooked alongside the pepper.
For example, fajitas are bad for dogs because of the onion content. It is also advisable to give your dog a little at a time to avoid diarrhea.
Onions are very toxic to dogs, even when eaten indirectly.
You can also feed your dog stuffed bell peppers. However, the safety of stuffed bell peppers depends on the amount of stuffing. Does it contain onions, or garlic or any of the Allium family vegetables? Then you should avoid it totally.
Additionally, cooking peppers in lots of fat is bad for your dog. Fats can cause stomach issues for dogs, and when consumed over time, it can be the culprit for pancreatic inflammation.
Experts advise that the main source of nutrients for your dogs should be their dog feed. Any other addition should be given to them in moderation.
What to Expect When Your Dog Consumes Large Amounts of Peppers
In moderate amounts or smaller portions, bell peppers can be a nice treat and a source of nutrients for your dogs. However, when consumed in large amount can pose problems for your pooh.
Carnivores such as dogs are not meant to eat too many vegetables, and when they eat too much green bell peppers, they are bound to suffer bloating and have gas. They can also experience diarrhea and vomiting too.
Black peppers, on the other hand, can be severely dangerous for your dog. When consumed in large amounts can cause many issues including;
Even humans can suffer burning sensations in their stomachs for consuming too much black pepper. So do dogs. The acidity of black pepper can also wreak havoc on the lining of the dog’s stomach.
Powdered black pepper is dangerous if a dog inhales it in large amounts. It can hinder the supply of oxygen, leading to hypoxia.
The irritable nature of the inhaled black peppers can block the airways, upsetting delicate lungs linings, and causing bronchitis or asthma. In more severe cases, it can cause the death of your dog.
In large amounts, black pepper can cause hemorrhoids both in dogs and humans. It irritates the rectal mucosa. When hemorrhoids occur, your dog would be in severe pain and discomfort. Your dog can also suffer diarrhea, vomiting, and several other symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Dogs like to eat everything their owners are having. Allowing discretion is enough to make your dog safe. Before going all-in on peppers for your dogs, you should try them out with a small amount.
Give them a slice or two and watch the reaction. If you notice any form of negative vibes like an upset stomach, it is wise to discontinue giving your dog pepper and let them have their regular healthy food.