My Dog Ate Red Pepper Flakes Will He Get Sick?

By Julie •  Updated: 08/08/21 •  3 min read
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Do you love the taste of red pepper flakes in some of your favorite recipes? If so, you’re not alone! Many people love the spiciness of red pepper flakes! But what happens if a dog eats red pepper flakes?

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Has your dog eaten red pepper flakes? Are you worried the red pepper flakes will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at red pepper flakes and whether or not they can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Red Pepper Flakes?

Red pepper flakes are made from a mix of peppers, which contain capsaicin. This is the substance in peppers that make them taste hot.

The peppers used in red pepper flakes are usually from cayenne peppers. The spice also contains the seeds of the peppers used to make red pepper flakes. The seeds also contain a high amount of capsaicin.

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While humans can safely eat red pepper flakes, what about dogs? Can red pepper flakes make a dog sick?

Red Pepper Flakes & Dogs

The capsaicin in red pepper flakes really isn’t very good for dogs. While the red peppers are not toxic to dogs, the capsaicin makes the spice too hot for most dogs. It’s a substance that can cause digestive tract irritation in dogs.

Some dogs may be able to stomach one lick of red pepper flakes; however, there are other dogs who have very sensitive stomachs. There’s a chance these dogs could become sick from eating the spice.

Symptoms of Red Pepper Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten red pepper flakes:

These symptoms may last about 24 hours; however, if they last longer, then it’s time to call the vet. Your dog could be in danger of becoming dehydrated and more. Plus, you know he has to feel miserable!

To help your dog feel better, the vet has medications that can treat your dog’s symptoms after eating red pepper flakes. The vet has medicine to treat diarrhea, stomach upset, and vomiting. They will also check to see if your dog has become dehydrated. In that case, the vet may use an IV with fluids to get your dog rehydrated.

The good news is that your dog will make a complete recovery after eating red pepper flakes. And we’re pretty sure he will avoid eating red pepper flakes in the future!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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