Can dogs eat peppers?


Find out whether peppers are a safe and healthy choice for your dog

Can dogs eat peppers?


Quick takeaways about raw peppers

  • Raw peppers can be a nutritious snack for dogs – in moderation.
  • Bell peppers are the healthiest variety for dogs, but you should avoid feeding spicy or hot peppers.
  • Overfeeding peppers generally can lead to tummy troubles.


As a dog owner, you might be wondering about the healthy fruit and vegetables you can feed your dog.

The good news is that peppers are a safe and nutritious veg for pooches. Here’s what you need to know about adding them to your dog’s diet.


Are peppers good for dogs?

Peppers are a great source of vitamins A, C, and E, which can help keep your dog’s skin, coat and immune system healthy.

Plus, they’re low in calories, making them a healthy snack option.


Can dogs eat raw peppers?

Yes, dogs can eat raw peppers. They can be a crunchy and enjoyable treat for dogs.

However, it's important to remove the seeds and stem, as they can be a choking hazard and they might cause your dog to have an upset stomach.


Are all types of peppers safe for dogs?

While bell peppers (the standard cooking pepper) are safe for dogs, some other types, like hot peppers, can be problematic.

Spicy peppers can cause digestive upset in dogs, so it's best to stick to mild, sweet varieties like bell peppers.


How to safely include peppers in your dog's diet

To safely include peppers in your dog's diet:

  • Wash the peppers thoroughly to remove any pesticides or chemicals.
  • Cut them into small, manageable pieces to prevent choking.
  • Start with small amounts to see how your dog reacts.
  • Avoid seasoning or cooking peppers with onions or garlic, as these are toxic to dogs.

If you’re interested in adding peppers to your dog's diet, start by introducing them slowly and in small amounts.

Remember, every dog is different, so it's important to monitor your pet's reaction. Talk to your vet about any big dietary changes.


FAQs about peppers

Can dogs eat bell peppers regularly?

Bell peppers can be a regular part of your dog's diet, but they should be given in moderation

They’re best used as a treat or mixed into their regular food for added nutrition and variety.

There are also plenty of other healthy fruits and veg you can add to your dog’s diet.


The best way to serve peppers to dogs

The best way to serve peppers to dogs is raw or lightly cooked without any added oils, salt, or seasoning.

Chopped or pureed bell peppers can be mixed into their regular food for an extra nutrient boost


Any risks associated with feeding dogs peppers?

While peppers are generally safe, overfeeding can lead to tummy troubles.

It's also important to avoid feeding hot or spicy peppers, which can be harmful to dogs. Always remove the seeds and stem before serving


What if my dog doesn't like peppers?

Not all dogs will like the taste of peppers, and that's okay.

If your dog isn't interested in peppers, there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that can provide similar nutritional benefits.

Try our personalised meal plans with high-quality raw ingredients – including fresh fruits and vegetables – to help keep your dog healthy and happy.