Can my dog eat Jalapeño peppers?

By Kim •  Updated: 11/04/19 •  1 min read
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Can my dog eat Jalapeño peppers? Not safe for dogs to eat


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Jalapeño peppers can be quite hot and spicy. Jalapeños originated in Mexico, but are now available in most stores, especially in the foreign food aisle. These peppers are often used in Mexican dishes. These hot peppers are full of Vitamins C & A, and contain high amounts of capsaicin, the substance which gives peppers their hot, spicy taste.

Can my dog eat jalapeño peppers? Jalapeños are not recommended for your dog. These spicy peppers are not toxic to dogs but present another danger. Can my puppy eat jalapeños? No, puppies should never eat this spicy pepper. The problem with hot peppers, in general, comes from the capsaicin (capsicum). If your puppy or dog ate a small piece of pepper, he would probably be OK. However, if he eats one whole pepper or more, then the capsaicin in the pepper could burn his throat and stomach, and then cause digestive problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, excess gas, etc. So, it’s best not to feed jalapeño peppers to your fur baby.

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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