Can Dogs Eat Red Peppers?

Can Dogs Eat Red Peppers?

Author WDF Staff


It is understandable how dog owners might assume that dogs can eat the same things that are healthy for us. It would be pretty great to share our food with our beloved pooches, but that is often not the case. Some fruits and veggies are healthy, and dogs can safely eat them. However, some things like raisins, grapes, or chocolate are extremely dangerous to dogs, and dogs should not eat them under any circumstances.

If you are a fan of spicy food, you probably have plenty of hot, red peppers at home. We can relate to that, and we absolutely love adding some zest to our meals. However, if you are a dog owner, you should know the answer to the question, “Can dogs eat red peppers?” Here is what you should know about dogs and red peppers.

chili pepper

Are red peppers safe for dogs?

Unfortunately, red peppers are not safe for dogs. We might enjoy the tingly sensation that comes with eating spicy food, but that is strictly reserved for humans. Dogs should never eat spicy red peppers. These tiny red peppers are, of course, chili peppers. Don’t confuse them with red bell peppers, which are actually safe and healthy for dogs. If you want to know more about feeding bell peppers to your dog, check out this article - Can dogs eat bell peppers?

Why are chili peppers bad for dogs?

The thing that causes the spicy sensation is called capsaicin. Believe it or not, it is a defense mechanism this tiny little pepper developed to prevent mammals from eating it. In most cases, this defense mechanism works, and most mammals will not eat this spicy little vegetable. However, humans are a weird bunch, so not only do we eat it, we seem to love the burning sensation capsaicin is causing.

chili red peppers

However, dogs are not fans of the burning sensation. Capsaicin is a powerful irritant that causes them burning and severe gastrointestinal upset. Depending on the amount of red pepper the dog eats, there will be different side effects. In worst cases, dogs can get severely dehydrated, and if their owners are not around to help them, the dog might die. It is pretty clear you should be very careful if you have these spicy little things at home. If you suspect your dog ate chili peppers, look for these symptoms;

If your dog does eat a spicy red pepper somehow, their first reaction will be to drink lots of water. However, that can be rather dangerous as well. If you want to know more about the dangers of water toxicity, check out this article - Why is my dog drinking so much water?

What should I do if my dog eats a spicy red pepper?

Despite our best efforts, dogs can get ahold of things when we are not looking. They have a unique talent for getting into trouble. One of the potential issues is eating a chili pepper. If you think your dog has eaten a chili pepper, the first thing you need to do is - remain calm. It can be scary to think your dog ate something that can cause them harm, but you should try and remain as calm as you can. The next thing to do - call your vet. Your vet knows your dog and how well they tolerate different foods. They are most likely to tell you the best thing to do for your dog individually.

cayenne chili pepper

There is a good chance nothing bad will happen, and your dog will only feel minor side effects from eating chili red peppers. It might end up being a valuable lesson in things they should not eat. However, if you notice your dog’s wellbeing is worsening, you should take them to your vet for a check-up.

In conclusion

There are different things you can feed your dog, but chili peppers are not one of them. Dogs can eat sweet bell peppers that are packed with healthy nutrients and are very beneficial for dogs. You should check with your vet if you want to include anything new into your dog’s diet.

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