The jalapeno is found in more and more recipes these days. We humans just can’t seem to get enough of foods with spicy flavors. They add just the right amount of heat to many Mexican dishes, and are even starting to show up in other cuisines. But is it something that’s appropriate for dogs?
If your dog already ate some jalapenos, you don’t need to worry too much. They’re not particularly lethal or toxic for canines. But you’ll want to help them by making sure their water dish is full. You should also keep an eye on them to see how they’re handling those hot jalapenos. Honestly, these peppers aren’t something we would ever allow our dogs near.
It’s best to keep an off limits policy on most human foods. With so many different ingredients and spices, we don’t even realize a dog might not be able to handle certain things. Many dogs are also opportunistic eaters, and will grab whatever they can when they see it’s unguarded. That’s a difficult habit to break and it may end up that your dog eats something they shouldn’t.
Can I Give My Dog a Jalapeno? Answer: Not Recommended
You’re definitely not doing them any favors by giving your dog jalapenos.
There are no health benefits to a dog eating a jalapeno pepper. There’s also no valid reason to give this spicy food to them. It’s therefore recommended that you do not give your dog any jalapenos. Better yet, keep them away from your pets to prevent them from accidentally eating them.
Dogs and Spicy Foods
Dogs are not used to eating spicy things, especially if you’re feeding them a straight diet of dog food each day. Their digestive system is used to the predictable nature of the dog food they eat. Giving them a jalapeno is like throwing a wrench into the gears.
It would definitely be a shock to their system. They’ll do their best to get rid of it, either through the back or the front. So it’s really not a good idea to give it to them in the first place. You’ll want to avoid giving your dog an unnecessary stomach ache, but you also don’t want to be cleaning up messes.
If your dog ate a jalapeno, or food containing jalapenos, without your consent you probably don’t have to worry about any long term problems. You should, however, prepare for some diarrhea and keep an eye on them over the next few hours to see how they’re doing.
Sometimes, even if you don’t notice any negative symptoms, it’s a good idea to help soothe their digestive system with a time-tested remedy such as adding canned pumpkin to their dog food.
Many owners also like to confine their pets to an area that is easy to clean when they get into something they shouldn’t. But in all likelihood they’ll stop eating the peppers on their own, before eating so many that they have a bigger problem than they can handle. Luckily, jalapenos aren’t a food item that will likely result in a trip to the animal hospital.
Better Food Options
If you want to feed your dog something special, most times it’s not a good idea to give them table scraps or pieces of food that you’re eating. If your pup is begging for some of your food, including your jalapenos, have some dog treats on hand so that they can have a snack while you’re eating your meal.
In order to improve their behavior, you can wait until they stop begging and leave you alone. Then reward them with their own treat. This reinforces desirable canine behavior and they’ll eventually learn that if they let you eat in peace, good things will come to them.
Conclusion on Jalapenos
It’s good idea to keep spicy foods, such as jalapeno peppers, far away from your dog. While we may enjoy their hot flavor and the rush of heat that hits the lips, dogs just aren’t used to digesting that sort of thing. While it may not be very dangerous for them, there’s simply no reason to provide this type of food to any dog.