Can I Give My Dog Hot Sauce?

Can I Give My Dog Hot Sauce?Hot sauce is used in lots of foods such as barbecue. While many dogs may enjoy the spicy and tangy kick, that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate. Think twice before providing your best buddy with this condiment.

Feeding a dog something smothered in a spicy sauce could be unhealthy for them. There’s no doubt that giving your pet any type of hot tasting food is, at the very least, a bad idea.

Dogs typically do not handle spicy foods all that well. Such a concoction, of questionable ingredients, could also complicate matters. Let’s better understand all the factors concerning your pooch and hot sauce.

Can I Give My Dog Hot Sauce? Answer: No

It’s not healthy and may disrupt the stomach.

Hot sauce is inappropriate for pets. Often these spicy concoctions contain chili which is, needless to say, a highly unusual food for a dog to be eating. Consider all the unhealthy chemicals that go into making a bottle of hot sauce. Fortunately, spicy foods in general aren’t known to cause lasting damage. But this assumes your dog hasn’t eaten a particularly intense and fiery variety.

A canine consuming hot sauce, over a long period, certainly raises lots of concerns!

The Digestive System Myth

There’s a misconception regarding the canine digestive system. Their willingness to try just about anything, and their ability to bounce back, doesn’t mean dogs don’t suffer from poor choices. If you allow your dog to have an occasional meal containing some hot sauce, just like other questionable foods, enforce a strict policy of moderation. Fido and fiery foods don’t mix!

Hot Sauce on Accident

There are situations where your dog may knock over a bowl of chili, or perhaps a bottle of hot sauce, causing it to spill. Dogs are known to happily lap such a mess, which could be worrying. The good news is that any digestive symptoms after such a mishap will likely pass and your dog should be fine.

That said, too much hot sauce is bad for any canine. It may cause an episode of indigestion or diarrhea. Though their digestive system can deal with such spicy meals, to some extent, they aren’t nearly as resilient as the human body in this respect. Even many people cannot eat spicy foods.

Avoid Bad Feeding Habits

The most important message is that giving your dog hot sauce is a bad habit. Dinner scraps, more often than not, are a dog’s favorite meal and we are all guilty of it. Occasionally feeding your dog a bell pepper is fine but those which are spicy should really be off limits.

You see, over the long term, hot sauce can do a lot of damage to your dog’s health but also their behavior. Some pet owners mistakenly consider it safe for their pet because it seems to bring pleasure. Such thinking is absolutely the wrong approach!

Hot Sauce Consequences

If you must feed your dog something that has hot sauce, make sure it doesn’t have too much kick. Lots of wicked fiery hot sauce can lead to an irritable bowel, and perhaps even long term internal damage. This means big trouble for both you and your dog since vet visits may be inevitable.

Another thing to watch out for is your dog’s eyes. Canines can be quite messy eaters, and it can be very painful and possibly dangerous if they get hot sauce in or around their eyes. In such a case, simply using Clear Eyes is unlikely to help much.

Conclusion on Hot Sauce

Do not feed your dog any hot sauce. Canines weren’t meant to eat unusual foods such as chili, hot sauce or anything processed for that matter. Short term consequences may be non-existent but long term damage is very possible. Obviously the more spicy the hot sauce, the worse the situation could be. Keep this type of condiment out of reach, regardless of your dog’s preference for spicy foods.

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Laney June, 2015

My husband made chili dogs for himself, my grandmother and perhaps our dog was given some. Early the next day, Tonka began vomiting and started having diarrhea. The stools became very runny and jelly-like after day 2 and now on day 3 it’s extremely runny and watery. I believe there is now blood in the stool because I see a lot of red in the watery substance. I am very worried and since grandma has no memory at all, I don’t really know if chili is the reason or if it’s something even worse.

What has me stunned is that since Tonka has been sick, none of the other dogs will be around her. This is highly unusual because Ping Ping and Tonka have been completely inseparable since the babies were born. Seeing her sick is hard enough, but watching her family shun her is devastating. We do not have any financial resource to even take this dog to the vet so this makes it all the more upsetting. Please contact me if anyone has any knowledge of what I can do, here at home, to help sweet Tonka. Please, we would be eternally grateful.


Sarah December, 2015

Hopefully you took the dog to the vet. Bloody stool is a major warning for serious concern. My dog had the same problem and the vet told us that we were lucky that we hadn’t waited any longer.


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