Can Dogs Eat Capsicum?
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This cooking essential is delicious and healthy for humans… but should your dog try it out? If your dog just sneaked a piece of capsicum and you’re wondering what to do, this one is for you. Here’s what researchers have to say about capsicum for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Capsicum?
Capsicum, also known as bell peppers, are safe for dogs to eat.
Related: What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?
Red, green, orange and yellow capsicum are ok for dogs regardless of their colour. Since the only change is the state of ripeness, capsicums of all colours share the same nutritional profile.
PRO TIP: If your dog has a sensitive stomach, try red capsicum first. Green capsicums are unripe, so they are slightly more difficult to digest than their ripe version.
Possible Benefits of Capsicum For Dogs
Capsicums are full of micro and macronutrients that can be very beneficial for humans. Luckily, research shows that animals (including dogs) might also get similar benefits.
Related: Best Veges For Dogs.
Here are the pros of giving a bit of capsicum to your dog:
Risks of Capsicum For Dogs
Despite the possible health and nutritional benefits, there are some risks associated with feeding capsicum to dogs.
In our experience, the main issue is mistakenly giving a spicy pepper to your pup. One thing needs to be clear: capsicums are never spicy. However, some newer varieties could be mistaken for regular capsicum which can be very hot.
Plant developers have created hybrids that mix the bigger size of capsicums with the taste of chillies . This results in a large pepper that SHOULD not be given to any pet. Generally speaking, these hybrid peppers are difficult to find in Australian markets, but gardeners might have access through nurseries or seed packets. If you or a friend grow spicy peppers, we recommend keeping your dog supervised when out in the garden.
Other than accidentally giving a spicy treat to your dog, some pups have very sensitive stomachs and cannot handle capsicum. A very sensitive dog might develop irritation in their mouth, oesophagus and stomach. In those cases, diarrhoea and vomiting are common and could lead to dehydration.
If your dog seems unwell or has physical symptoms after eating capsicum, keep an eye on them and tell your vet as soon as possible.
How To Give Capsicum To A Dog
Have you ever given capsicum to your dog? Do they like it or would they rather skip it? Let us know in the comments below!
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If you introduce capsicum slowly and your dog responds well, it can be an occasional treat.
This means giving a couple of pieces of capsicum a few times a week will be enough. In general, treats shouldn’t represent more than 10% of your dog’s diet.
Depending on how sensitive your dog is, eating spicy food might be a serious health risk for your dog. The compounds in chillies immediately irritate your dog’s GI system and will promptly cause vomiting, diarrhoea and bloating. If left unattended (or if your dog ate lots of spicy food), the irritation can cause inflammation, colitis and gastroenteritis.
Dogs that are vomiting and have diarrhoea for more than a couple of hours need to be taken to the vet ASAP because they are at high risk of dehydration.
In short, never give your dog spicy food or hot chillies, and if they somehow eat it, treat it as a veterinarian emergency.
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- Hepper. Dog ate chilli or spicy food? Here’s what to do. https://www.hepper.com/dog-ate-chili-spicy-food-vet-answer/
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