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Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper? Is It Safe?

If you’re preparing homemade dog food, you’ve probably asked yourself this question: can dogs eat black pepper? In general, black pepper isn’t toxic to dogs, but veterinarians don’t recommend giving it to them. Black pepper isn’t a good choice of spice if you want to add flavor to your dog’s meal. Below, I discussed the reasons why and potential alternatives you can use:

Will black pepper hurt dogs?

A single piece of black pepper won’t hurt a dog right away. However, you should never give it to your dog inadvertently.

Black pepper has a spicy nature, which will irritate your dog’s nose. This will lead the canine to sneeze uncontrollably and even have a case of the colds.

Since black pepper can irritate your dog’s nose, it’s also likely to upset your pet’s stomach. The following are the reasons why you shouldn’t feed your dog black peppers:

  • Respiratory irritations

Inhalation of black pepper will lead to sneezing and other related problems. In fact, some pet owners use ground black pepper to ward off their pets on some spots. However, I don’t recommend this method as it may end up irritating your dog.

Dogs with asthma will get highly irritated by the inhalation of black pepper. This is why you should be careful not just in feeding black pepper but also in any form of exposure.

  • Burning sensation

A dog that has ingested large amounts of black pepper will suffer from burning sensations in the stomach. Although it’s not an actual pepper, black pepper still contains capsaicin. As you know, capsaicin is the compound that makes pepper spicy. This can easily upset your dog’s stomach, which will lead to diarrhea and vomiting.

The black pepper will irritate the lining of your dog’s stomach. Some humans will also experience the same effect if they have a sensitivity to black pepper. Remember that humans have a higher threshold to black pepper than dogs do. So if your stomach feels upset after eating black pepper, it would be much worse for your canine.

  • Awful taste

If you’re thinking of using black pepper to spice up your dog’s meals, you should think twice. Black pepper has a bitter and spicy taste that dogs find revolting.

Instead of making your dog’s food appealing, black pepper will only ruin the taste. If you want to spice things up on your dog’s meals, I suggest steering clear of black pepper or any pepper for that matter.

Nevertheless, the same awful taste makes black pepper a viable solution for chewers. By sprinkling a small amount of black pepper on the items you don’t want your dog to chew, you can help reduce the destructive habit. Just remember that you should only use a small amount because black pepper is bad for dogs.

Can dogs eat salt and pepper?

It’s not safe for dogs to consume large amounts of salt. Blended with pepper, the salt’s negative effects will be paired with a burning sensation. Nevertheless, it’s okay for your dog to consume food that’s lightly seasoned with a minimal amount of salt and pepper.

A small amount of salt isn’t harmful to dogs, but be careful because it’s too easy to overindulge. Too much sodium will cause thirst and dehydration among canines. Also, sodium ion poisoning may occur as well.

Too much salt in your dog’s bloodstream will damage its muscles, which will lead to shaking and lack of control. This is why you should always control your dog’s sodium intake, especially if you’re preparing homemade meals.

If your dog is experiencing increased heart rate, thirst, confusion, lethargy, nausea, and stomach pains after ingesting lots of salt, you should immediately bring it to the vet.

Take note that your dog can experience salt poisoning from drinking ocean water, ingesting play dough, and eating too much soy sauce.

Can dogs eat cayenne pepper?

Cayenne pepper is a no-no for dogs. This pepper contains a lot of capsaicin, which is why it’s very spicy. The spice will burn your dog’s tongue and upset its stomach. The result is explosive diarrhea, vomiting, and other potential complications.

Chili powder is also unsafe for canines. Unlike humans, dogs have a low tolerance to spice since it’s not really part of their diet in the wild. Remember that dogs are carnivores, and they eat fresh meat in the wild. They don’t season their prey before chomping on it.

Another ugly thing about cayenne pepper is it can cause gassiness. If you don’t want your dog blowing ‘toxic gas’, it’s best to skip black or cayenne pepper.

Can dogs have eggs with pepper?

Eggs are an excellent source of protein for canines. However, it’s not ideal to sprinkle it with black pepper. Sure, it’s appetizing for us, humans, but it will just ruin the food for your doggo.

No matter what the food is, you should never add black pepper to it if you’re going to give it to your dog. Just keep it simple with the cooked egg, preferably boiled or any cooking method without oil. You can also add eggs to your dog’s homemade meal or kibble.

What to do if your dog ate black pepper?

If your dog ingested black pepper, you should observe it within 12 hours. If your dog exhibits any adverse symptoms like drooling, diarrhea, nausea, and lethargy, you should bring it to the vet. Take note that dehydration is dangerous, and it can become lethal in a matter of hours.

You can also call the vet for home remedies if the condition isn’t serious. An immediate remedy will help arrest any negative effects of black pepper on your dog.

Alternatives to black pepper

Do you want to spice up your dog’s meals? Here are some good alternatives you can use instead of black pepper:

  • Oregano. This herb is very flavorful and highly nutritious for dogs. It will also help with your dog’s digestive problems and help ease the side effects of black pepper. You can also purchase oregano drops formulated especially for pets.
  • Rosemary. The rosemary herb is rich in calcium, iron, and Vitamin B6. It’s a powerful antioxidant that’s safe for dogs if given modestly.
  • Parsley. Parsley is a flavorful herb that can also help fix your dog’s bad breath. This is also rich in lycopene and carotenes that boost your dog’s health.

Conclusion

Can dogs eat black pepper? No, pepper isn’t safe for canines because of its burning sensation. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and a slew of symptoms. If you want to spice up your dog’s meals, you should explore other herbs that are safer for pets. This way, you can prevent any adverse effects that will compromise your dog’s health.

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