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Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Yes, And…

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Dogs are known to eat anything and everything tasty they can put in their mouths. They love to eat, but they are not great at choosing what is good for them. Fortunately, they have loving owners that can do that for them. But first, you as a pet owner need to know what foods dogs can not eat. So, can dogs eat peppers?

You might not think of peppers as something that your dog is interested in eating, but you would be surprised how fast they would eat them up. Here we will answer all of your questions relating to whether your dog can safely eat peppers.

Can Dogs Eat Peppers?

Yes, dogs can eat peppers.

When feeding your dog something new, the number one question on your mind should be whether it is safe. Fortunately, it is safe for your dog to eat peppers. All peppers have a high concentration of water, and as a result, they help keep your dog hydrated.

Peppers (of all colors) are a tasty and healthy option for dogs and make an excellent crunchy snack for dogs on a strict diet.

Bell peppers are also a great source of vitamins and minerals to ensure your dog gets some added nutrition. They are surprisingly high in vitamin C and also contain vitamin B6, vitamin 1, potassium, folate, vitamin E, and vitamin A.

The vitamins listed above help support several organs and systems in your dog’s body. They also help them keep healthy red blood cell counts.

Should You Worry When Feeding Peppers to Your Dog?

Are peppers bad for dogs? While peppers have health benefits, there are some things to be aware of when your dog eats peppers. Notably, peppers can cause irritation and stomach aches in dogs with sensitive stomachs.

When your dog has an upset stomach, it will be reluctant to eat. It is also possible that your dog can start to vomit or develop diarrhea. Also, never feed your dog any spicy type of pepper.

How Many Peppers Can You Safely Give Your Dog?

Every dog is different, and as a result, we recommend that you consult your vet before making any significant changes to your dog’s diet. That being said, there are general recommendations you can follow.

Most veterinary nutritionists state that 100% of your dog’s diet can come from food that is not their main dog food. When we refer to main dog food, we are talking about classic kibbles.

It’s essential to start introducing new food into your dog’s diet in moderation to see how your dog’s system responds to the new food. Most dog owners find that their large dogs can eat up to half a pepper a day, while small dogs can eat about a quarter of a pepper per day.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Thoughts

When your dog looks through your scraps for food, peppers might not be the first to appeal to them, but they are some of the healthiest options. So, yes, it is safe to let your dog eat peppers every once in a while.

You can even incorporate peppers into their daily diet if you want. As long as you are conscious about how much you feed them, you should not have any issues giving them peppers.

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

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