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Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?

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Fresh, crisp bell pepper can be such a tasty part of a veggie tray, but can dogs eat bell peppers? Whether you’re wondering if your pup can have a piece of a bell pepper as an occasional treat because he enjoys them or you’re trying to entice your dog to eat if he doesn’t have an appetite, there are many possible reasons to wonder if dogs can eat certain human foods like bell peppers. And, when your dog helps himself to a tasty piece of bell pepper, you’re likely concerned about whether dogs can eat bell peppers safely.

Dogs and people can eat many of the same things, but some human foods are toxic to dogs. You always want to be sure that any foods you’re feeding your pup won’t cause any harm. Read on to learn if dogs can eat bell peppers and any caveats to be mindful of.

Wondering what other foods are safe for your dog to eat (and which foods are not so safe)? Check out our Vet’s List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

Is it Safe for My Dog to Eat Bell Peppers?

Jack Russell puppy chewing on a bell pepper


It is safe for your dog to eat bell peppers! Bell peppers are a tasty treat that is healthy for people and dogs. Bell peppers have a high water content which allows for increased water intake in your dog’s daily diet. Bell peppers are also low in calories and have a pretty high fiber content.1 This makes these peppers great for pets with a lower-calorie diet.

Bell peppers also have many different vitamins and minerals. There is a high content of vitamin C in bell peppers.2 Bell peppers also contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin K1, potassium, folate, Vitamin E, and A. These vitamins are a great support for many different organ systems in the body. For example, these vitamins and minerals are good for heart health, healthy red blood cells, clotting cells, and healthy nerves and muscles.3

Bell peppers also contain many antioxidants. In particular, some antioxidants that support ocular (eye) health are contained in bell peppers.4

Dogs can eat bell peppers of any color safely. All the different colors of bell peppers will also have nutritional benefits.

Finally, most dogs like bell peppers. If your pup likes bell peppers but has a hard time chewing raw peppers, it is perfectly safe to cook them so that they are soft and easy to eat.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Bell Peppers to My Dog?

If your dog has a very sensitive stomach or severe food intolerance, then even bell peppers could cause some irritation to the intestinal tract. Symptoms of intestinal upset include reluctance to eat, vomiting, diarrhea, or soft stool.5 This can happen due to underlying conditions such as food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, or other diagnosed intestinal diseases. If your dog does have any of these conditions speak with your veterinarian before offering any “people food.”

Of course, as with anything, eating too much good food has the potential to upset your pup’s intestinal tract, even without any underlying disease. However, bell pepper is generally very safe for dogs to eat.

How Much Bell Pepper Can I Feed My Dog?

As always, calories that come from any food other than your dog’s main balanced diet should be limited. Typically veterinary nutritionists recommend that 10% of your dog’s total calories can be from treats or foods that are not his main dog food.

As bell peppers have a low caloric content feeding them based on calories would result in too much volume of bell peppers. I recommend the following guideline for dogs: You can feed up to one-half of a bell pepper per large dog per day. For a small dog, I would limit it to a quarter of a bell pepper per day.6 This will leave room in the daily calories for other treats also.

How to Prepare Bell Peppers for Dogs

Bell peppers are an easy snack to prepare for anyone! Prepare the bell pepper by trimming the stem and then slicing the bell pepper to remove the seeds. Set aside the seeds and the stem for compost or the trash, as your dog will not want to eat these parts of the pepper.

You can then chop the pepper into pieces for your dog to chew on. Remember, for those dogs that have a hard time chewing raw peppers, steaming or cooking the bell pepper is a great idea. Just remember the best way to feed the pepper is plain. It is best not to cook the bell pepper in oils or with seasoning for your pets.

Final Thoughts

Now you know that dogs can eat bell peppers safely. Always monitor your dog closely. If you notice any decrease in appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea, stop offering people food and check in with your veterinarian. Just like people, some foods may be safe but still not agree with your dog’s tummy.

Find out more about which foods are safe for dogs:

Can Dogs Eat Peaches
Can Dogs Eat Pecans
Can Dogs Eat Pickles
Can Dogs Eat Shrimp
Can Dogs Eat Tuna
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon
Can Dogs Eat Zucchini

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Dr. Melody Aitchison-Steed
Dr. Melody Aitchison-Steed graduated with her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of California at Davis in 2005. Following graduation, she completed a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency care. After completing her internship, Dr. Aitchison-Steed has practiced small animal general medicine in Southern California. When she’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Aitchison-Steed is usually with her family (a husband and two sweet daughters, two dogs, and a cat!) enjoying the outdoors by hiking and camping, reading, or attending the kids’ sports events.