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Are you wondering if bell peppers are okay for your dog to eat? For the red, green, yellow or orange variety – we have answers!
First off, these veggies are obviously healthy and this generally applies to dogs as well. But there are a few things to consider before feeding a bell pepper.
When you think about it, people normally eat these crunchy and light vegetables as part of a recipe. By contrast, it’d be best to limit your dog to plain bell peppers.
Learn more about sharing capsicum!
Dogs Can Eat Bell Peppers (red is recommended)
They are low in calories and high in valuable nutrients. Pets can benefit.
Bell peppers are a great treat for your dog, assuming Nightshades are agreeable. If there are no inflammatory effects, a bell pepper or two would be healthy for your dog.
Keep it simple! Feed them plain and in moderation and especially when doing so for the first time.
Interestingly, the color you provide actually matters…
K9s And Capsicum Colors
Fully ripened bell peppers are best. The healthiest choice for dogs are the red-colored kind.
Compared to green or yellow, red bell peppers tend to have more carotenoid phytonutrients, beta-carotene, anti-oxidants and vitamins A & C.
These happen to be significant nutrients. There’s no reason to believe that canines can’t also benefit.
Bell peppers may reduce inflammation which is wonderful for older arthritic dogs.
Never Spicy Peppers
Do not confuse bell peppers, which are not spicy, with pepperoni or chili or any type of hot pepper. Many vegetables in this family are off limits.
Spicy curry is a whole other topic!
Red is associated with spiciness, yet the reddish bell pepper is healthiest and most appropriate for dogs. Of course, too much people food is a bad thing and that includes bell peppers too.
The Surprising Benefits
There is some evidence that bell peppers can reduce flatulence.
If your dog is quite gassy try providing this healthy food. It is worth a shot! They are also known to be good for constipation and gastrointestinal health.
Further, this food improves circulation which is a rare attribute.
Bell peppers may even help to prevent some types of cancer! At least in theory, your dog can benefit from this tasty and crunchy treat.
A Good Snack Option
We think that bell peppers are an excellent idea for rewarding a pet dog.
As we have already detailed, they contain lots of nutrients. An equally important factor is that they are low in calories and fat.
This veggie will not crowd out your dog’s regular chow. On the contrary, bell peppers improve metabolism by reducing triglyceride levels.
If you have an overweight dog, you are on the right track!
The Bottom Line
You can feed non-spicy bell peppers if nightshades don’t seem to affect your dog.
They are low in calories which is ideal. The antioxidants, beta-carotene and other vitamins are also great.
You can share bell peppers plain or mixed in with dog food.
6 thoughts on “What You Must Know About Feeding Your Dog Bell Peppers!”
Is there a portion size or limit? I give our two small dogs a small chunk tablespoon size (twice a day). The dogs are 10 and 16 pounds. Thank you!
I love peppers. I am glad they’re good for dogs.
Thank you for the explanation. My dog adores bell peppers and will eat a whole one apart from the stem. Having read your article, I shall remove the seeds in future. Many thanks!
Since when is low-fat good for dogs?
It’s not that it’s particularly good for dogs, but too much fat leaves little room for daily dog food.
Thank you so much clarifying this for me. I always come to this blog before I feed my dog human-grade food if unsure.