Since bell peppers are likely a staple in your house, you may have wondered if they are safe for your dog to eat and if they have any health benefits for your dog. In short, bell peppers are healthy and perfectly safe for dogs to snack on, but there are some things you should do to make sure they are eating them safely.
Signs of a Dog Liking Bell Peppers
However, all dogs are different, so there is a chance your dog will not be a fan of bell peppers. If you determine your dog does not like bell peppers, we recommend not trying to force it into their diet as there are other foods your dog can have that have similar benefits to bell peppers but are foods your dog will actually like to eat.
If your dog does like the flavor and texture of bell peppers, you can tell by the signs they show and the way they react to the bell peppers. Many dogs will bark, whine, and cry when they are begging in an attempt to get more food. If they keep staring at you, drool a lot, pace around in front of you, stare at your while you have the food, or even paw at you, this suggests they like bell peppers.
- Wag tail
- Lip licking
- Paw raised
- Begging For More
- Pawing At Your Leg
- Staying by Your Side as You Eat the Peppers
History of Dogs and Bell Peppers
By the time 1493 came about, Columbus took these delicious and healthy peppers to Europe with him where they gained popularity very quickly. However, the peppers available around this time were not like the bell peppers we know today - they were a small, black and white variety of peppers. The bell pepper was not cultivated until many years later.
Bell peppers were not mass produced and cultivated in the United States until the 1920's, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
We do not have a ton of recorded history about bell peppers and since bell peppers are a relatively newer variety of pepper, it is unlike dogs would have had access or have developed a taste for peppers. Since peppers from thousands of years ago were often very spicy, dogs would not have been attracted to this type of food. It is safe to assume bell peppers were not part of an undomesticated dog's diet. Today, bell peppers are still not a common veggie to include in a dog's diet.
Science Behind Dogs and Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are also about 93% water and only have 30 calories per cup, so they are a very low-calorie and nutrient-rich veggie that give your dog tons of nutrients but without the issue of weight gain.
Feeding Your Dog Bell Peppers
If your dog has an issue with chewing food, they are very young or older, cooking the peppers first is the best option, as raw peppers are a bit harder and crunchier. Furthermore, peppers are also high in fiber and some dogs have more trouble digesting foods with a high fiber content. Cooking the bell peppers first will make them much easier for your dog to digest.
Bell peppers can be chopped up and added to your dog's regular food during meal times. You will want to start off with smaller amounts when you first introduce this veggie to their diet, just to make sure they don't have any adverse side effects or reactions to the peppers. If you do notice any side effects like changes in bowel movements, such a loose and runny stools, you should remove the peppers from your dog's diet.
Red peppers have the most nutritional benefits and also contain high levels of beta-carotene, so we recommend red bell peppers as the first variety you should choose for your dog. If you have an older dog that suffers from inflammation from arthritis, the special properties in the red bell pepper can reduce this inflammation.
Safety Tips for Feeding Your Dog Bell Peppers:
Prepare the pepper properly.
Cook the pepper for young or old dogs.
Do not force your dog to eat peppers.