Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper?

Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper?

Author WDF Staff


Dogs will want to eat whatever you are eating; they do not care about the ingredients found in the food. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to understand what food and ingredients are safe for dogs and what can cause them health problems.

Many dog owners asked us: Can dogs eat black pepper? So we decided to dig a little further and let you know about dogs and black pepper.

Is black pepper safe for dogs to consume?

Generally speaking, if your dog consumes one or two peppercorns, he should be all right and will not experience any problems. That said, you might think that black pepper is safe for dogs. Well, not so fast.

Black pepper can cause different health problems for your pooch. Still, given that this ingredient will not offer nutritional value to your dog's nutrition, there is no valid reason why you would consider adding black peppers to your dog food.

GOOD TO KNOW: Most dogs will not like the smell and taste of black peppers and will not want to come near them on their own.

Usually, black pepper and salt go together, and if you are thinking: can dogs eat salt, or will salt hurt my dog? We suggest that you read this article - Is Salt Bad For Dogs? When To Worry?

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Potential health concerns

As with any food not designed for dog nutrition, symptoms can appear if your dog somehow eats a lot of black peppers.

Symptoms to watch include:

  • Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sneezing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Breathing problems

If you suspect your dog has eaten black peppers and you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, we suggest that you contact your vet. Since dogs are different, some may experience some of the mentioned symptoms even after eating only one peppercorn. Because of that, it is vital that you always closely monitor your dog.

Will black pepper offer any value to your dog's nutrition?

Black pepper is not commonly used for dog nutrition, which is because it doesn't offer any value. Not only that it doesn't offer nutritional value, but eating too much black pepper can cause your dog different health problems.


What should you do if your dog eats black pepper?

Although many dogs will not be tempted to eat black pepper if they fall on the ground, some dogs will eat everything they find on the floor. If you think your dog has eaten some black peppers, you first have to find out the exact amount.

If your dog has eaten only a few peppercorns, in most cases, your dog will be all right, but we suggest to closely monitor your dog for any signs of gastrointestinal problems.

If your dog has ingested a large amount of black pepper, you should immediately contact your vet, and most vets will suggest you bring your dog to the clinic. In most cases, your vet will try to induce vomiting in your dog. It would be best if you didn't try to induce vomiting in your dog alone since you can create even more problems.

If you quickly come to the clinic and your dog receives proper care, he will be all right and will recover fully.

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