Removing the seeds is a good idea when you're preparing a few slices for your best friend. Spicy red peppers are not recommended for your dog! Red bell peppers are fine.
Does the color matter?
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When you're thinking about what peppers are O.K. and what colors are fine to feed your dogs, always remember that other peppers that don't fall into the bell pepper category are not safe! These other peppers contain greater concentrations of capsaicin and can lead to stomach upset with high concentrations, which can cause burns, mouth irritation, and other adverse effects.
Bell peppers contain the least amount of spice.
So what about colors?
The AKC tells us that "any color bell pepper contains the essential vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to a dog's health, although the red type is the most nutritious."
Are there any health benefits?
The Spruce Pets explain that there are a number of health benefits. After reading these, I'll be adding bell peppers to the list of snacks for the dogs!
- Bell peppers are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, carotenoids like lutein, capsanthin, beta-carotene, flavonoids like quercetin and luteolin, as well as other compounds like potassium and folate.
- Vitamin A, lutein, and other carotenoids are good for eye health and Vitamin C helps support a healthy immune system, however, dogs, unlike people can make their own vitamin C, so supplementation is not needed.
As mentioned previously, introduce bell peppers slowly!
How many can they eat?
Experts tell us that large dogs shouldn't consume more than one-half of a pepper while small dogs can eat less than one-quarter at a time. As previously mentioned, consider removing the seeds and stems to prevent indigestion. Some dogs may not enjoy slices, so you should always watch for stomach upset with a new food you're introducing to your pet.
How should they be prepared?
The AKC has preparation recommendations for pet owners:
- Never season the peppers or feed your dog ones that have been mixed with onions or garlic, as those ingredients are toxic to dogs
- Never give your pup the spicy varieties, such as jalapeños or Chili peppers.
It's important to reinforce that your dog's diet should be dog food! It's ok to give a few bell pepper slices as a snack but they may get an upset stomach if you give them too many. Everything new should be given in moderate amounts even if the nutritional value is high compared to other human food snacks.
First-time snacks should be introduced very slowly and down owners should also observe behavior and bowel movements!
Does your dog eat bell peppers? Please leave us comments and let us know if this post was helpful!