Many of us love the crunchy goodness of bell peppers... or capsicums in Australia. I always think my dog would love a crunch pepper, but can dogs eat bell peppers? Read on to find out.
Most dogs do love crunchy vegetables, my dog's favorite are carrots and broccoli. Dogs have quite a bland diet and their stomachs don’t do too well with a change in food however giving your dog a snack or treat that is healthy and crunchy is a great idea.
What Are The Benefits Of Bell Peppers
For us humans, Peppers are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protects us against chronic disease. Red bell peppers are more nutritious that the green or yellow varieties but all in moderation will be Ok for your dog. Some of the nutritional value includes:
Beta Carotene / Vitamin A
Firstly, a red bell pepper is full of beta carotene. Beta carotene converts into vitamin A, which, like the old saying goes, is great for eyesight and it is no different for dogs. Vitamin A is also good for dog’s healthy skin, coat and bones. Beta Carotene is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help to prevent the cell damage that can cause immune disorders and other debilitating dog illnesses.
Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C for your dog. Amazingly, dogs can produce their own vitamin C so don't necessarily need it as a supplement. However, a dog's ability to produce vitamin C is diminished and their levels get depleted if a dog is sick or stressed. Giving your dog Vitamin C will not harm and may even help your dog cope with stress.
Bell peppers also contain vitamin E, which is good for your dog’s immune system and will benefit their skin, joints, and muscles.
Which Bell Pepper Is Best For My Dog
Don't confuse a bell pepper with a chilli pepper. Bell peppers come in red, green yellow and orange and are sweet. Don't confuse bell peppers with chilli peppers or cayenne peppers which can really pack a punch. These can be very hot and will burn your dogs mouth and make them very uncomfortable. If in doubt what you are giving your dog, take a bite first and check that there is no heat or spice in the pepper.
It is best to give your dog a ripe red bell pepper. Like these below:
Ripe red bell peppers are sweet and delicious and great for your dog however with any new food that you give your dog, do so in moderation. Too much red bell pepper could give your dog an upset stomach or a case of diarrhea.
There is no real problem with giving your dog bell peppers, but as a dogs stomach is quite sensitive to change, be wary of the amount of bell peppers that you feed your dog. All in moderations and as a snack.
How To Feed Your Dog Bell Peppers
My dog loves crunchy raw bell peppers but some dogs don't like the crunch, other dogs will eat anything. Test different varieties and styles out with your dog. You can cook the peppers and best to just steam or microwave them. Don't add any fat to the cooking, your dog doesn't need them and can sometimes make your dog vomit.
So, Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?
Yes, dogs can eat bell peppers. Feed your dog bell peppers as a healthy snack or use them as a treat if your dog really loves them. Chop into small pieces and put them on top of your dogs kibble or wet food.
Crunchy Bell Pepper Snack For Dogs
Watch your dog when introducing new foods for any sign of allergy or reaction. If you do see a reaction, stop and consult your vet. Some food may not be suitable for all dogs particularly those with serious health conditions.