Will Spicy Food Hurt Your Dog?

Will Spicy Food Hurt Your Dog?

Author WDF Staff


Dogs might beg you for a bite of your spicy food, but that doesn’t mean you should share some with them. Dog owners who like spicy food often wonder, “Can dogs eat spicy food?” and the answer to that question is - No. Dogs’ taste buds work differently from ours, and they generally don’t like sour or bitter things. Here is what you should know about giving your dog spicy food.

Is spicy food safe for dogs?

No, spicy food is not safe for dogs to eat. In fact, some spices can be toxic to dogs and cause more problems than many dog owners realize. You need to understand that humans have more taste buds than dogs, so they will not enjoy the taste in the same way we would.

Spicy food might cause your dog to become overly gassy, but that is not the worst thing. Dogs can have a severely bad reaction to spices. That reaction will include stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, to say the least. Spice blends that contain powdered garlic or onions are incredibly toxic to dogs. Even the smallest amounts can destroy the dog’s red blood cells and cause irreversible damage to the dog’s body.

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Healthy alternatives

If you want to “spice up” your dog’s diet and include something they can safely enjoy, it would be a lot wiser to give them healthy fruits and veggies. Things like apples, bananas, watermelon, or Brussels sprouts are packed with healthy nutrients. Dogs will enjoy the taste and benefits they can provide.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you’re considering including something new in your dog’s diet, you should talk to your vet first. Ask for their advice regarding dog food and treats.

In conclusion

Spices and spicy food should not be a part of your dog’s diet. They are unsafe, and dogs will not get any health benefits from eating them. Most dogs don’t like spicy food, and even if they did, you should not give any to your dog. Keep spicy food reserved for the human part of the family.

World Dog Finder team

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