It's true! Sometimes, the food our bodies process simply won't work for your doggo's system, so it's important that you understand what's okay and what's not when it comes to feeding your pooch a special treat.
So, how about when it comes to peppery foods? Unfortunately, it's best to err on the side of caution and avoid gifting your pooch any kind of food that has peppers or peppery flavors. Why? Well, like we were explaining before, some foods don't agree with your dog's system, and pepper is one of those foods.
Want more information on why pepper might not be a fitting food for your dog? We thought so! Read on to get the scoop.
Signs Your Dog Has Had Too Much Pepper
Capsaicin can be incredibly dangerous for your dog, and if he or she gets their paws on too much, it can cause a lot of problems. If you suspect your dog has gotten into the peppery foods, look for signs of dehydration, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, mouth irritation, stomach ulcers, and peppers can even make it difficult for your doggo to breathe.
- Lip licking
- Tongue flicking
- Sweaty paws
- Back hair on edge
- Nose licking
- Tongue hanging
- Nose wrinkled
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Difficulty eating or drinking
- Stomach ulcers
- Intense dehydration
The History of Capsaicin
Capsaicin was first registered for use in the United States in 1962, and because it's a naturally occuring substance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers it to be a biochemical pesticide. Today, we use capsaicin in pepper sprays, pest control, research for pharmaceutical use, and in equestrian sports.
The Science Behind Peppery Foods and Dogs
Capsaicin produces a sensation of burning in tissues that it comes into contact with - so, if your dog, who can't control how much of it he or she eats like people can, eats an inordinate amount of capsaicin from peppery foods, you can bet that their digestive systems are going to feel the unfortunate results.
You can expect vomiting, poor digestion, stomach ulcers, and even difficulty eating and drinking for your pup if they get into too much capsaicin.
Training Your Dog to Stay Away from Peppery Foods
First and foremost, make sure your dog is completely on board and responsive to basic obedience commands. That means that your dog will listen and respond to "no," "drop it," and "leave it." This way, if your dog has a mouth full of peppers and he or she is waiting to chomp down, a simple "no" from you should do the trick.
Another aspect of this is going to come from ensuring your dog knows not to beg. Guests and family members are likely to oblige and give your pup a peppery treat if he or she begs, especially if they're unaware of the harm it could do. To make sure this doesn't happen, train your dog to avoid begging at all costs.
It's also important you make sure your dog is trained to both stay out of the area where your food is stored and prepared, and is also to be comfortable being in their crate when you're not home. This will help you avoid and accidental peppery-food-eating issues and potentially save your dog a ton of gastrointestinal discomfort.
Safety Tips for Having Peppery Food Around Dogs:
Train your dog to stay out of the area you keep your spices or peppers.
Have a plan in place that you've worked out with your vet in case your dog gets into the peppers.
Store your peppers and peppery foods somewhere your dog cannot reach them.
Ensure your dog is both crate trained and obedience trained in order to avoid pepper incidents.