It is no secret that dogs will eat anything we give them. From chips to vegetables. Healthy or unhealthy. As long as it is food, dogs will eat it!
Even some things that are not food are eaten by our furry partners. However, as a dog owner and pet lover, you really should not give your dogs anything you eat carelessly.
It is best to have a good understanding about what is healthy and unhealthy for them. And, more importantly, what foods could be toxic to them.
With this understanding, you’ll know what’s safe for them to eat and which foods they should stay away from.
Are All Vegetables Safe For Dogs?
For example, some people assume all vegetables or other healthy foods that are safe for humans are safe for dogs.
But that’s not true. Take garlic and onion for example. Vegetables, yes. But did you know that these are toxic to dogs? (This includes onion powders and garlic powders.)
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?
But how about bell peppers? Are they safe for dogs to eat?
The short answer is yes! Bell peppers are not dangerous to our dogs’ health.
In fact, these vegetables provide many nutrients to our dogs which can make them healthier.
That said, how much bell pepper your furry friend can eat should be supervised. They should only eat limited amounts of the vegetable (more on this below).
How To Prepare Bell Peppers For Dogs
Our dogs can eat any color of bell peppers, whether it is green, yellow, orange, or red. You can also feed raw or cooked peppers to your doggo.
However, before you feed them these colorful vegetables, it is important to first remove the stem and seeds.
It is also important to know that fried or seasoned peppers are unhealthy for them.
Beware of Other Types of Peppers
Now, just because our dogs can eat bell peppers that does not mean that we can also feed them chilis or hot peppers like jalapenos, cayenne, or Piri Piri peppers. These peppers contain capsaicin, which is what makes them spicy.
Peppercorns are also a no-no for our dogs. Even though they are not toxic, they can cause them to have diarrhea.
Benefits of Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are healthy for our dogs as they are hydrating and low in fat. Bell peppers also contain a lot of nutrients that our furry partners can benefit from.
The best type of bell pepper for dogs is said to be red bell peppers. That is because red bell peppers are the most nutritious out of the bunch. Red bell peppers are packed with vitamin A, B6, C, & E, as well as antioxidants like beta-carotene and lutein.
These nutrients can help in boosting your dog’s immune system, keep your dog’s eyesight, skin, and fur healthy, act as an anti-inflammatory, and help in preventing and fighting cancer.
As for the amount that a dog can eat, it’s recommended smaller dogs eat only 1-3 slices a day. As for bigger dogs, they can eat up to half a bell pepper a day.
So that’s the answer to the question can dogs eat bell peppers.
This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
Check out our other articles in this series including: Can Dogs Eat Salami?