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Can Dogs Eat Spicy Food?

Can Dogs Eat Spicy Food?
Can Dogs Eat Spicy Food

Many dog owners make the same mistake that can affect their dogs’ health and make them suffer. Of course, no responsible owner does these things intentionally. These mistakes mostly happen because there is a lack of education on a certain subject. One of the most common mistakes dog owners do is that they assume that dogs can safely eat all human food. However, this is not the case. Humans and dogs have a lot in common, but their digestive systems work and react differently to different types of food. Today, we will learn if dogs can eat spicy food and how does spicy food affect them?

Can Dogs Eat Spicy Food?

The answer is simple – no! Never feed your dog spicy food, as this food is toxic to dogs and can cause serious digestive issues. The main compound that gives spicy food their heat is capsaicin. Plants produce capsaicin to deter and discourage animals from eating their fruits. Capsaicin irritates a dog’s digestive system and causes various digestive issues.

Can Dogs Taste Spicy Food?

Generally, dogs have an underwhelming sense of taste. Humans have about 9000 different taste buds that are capable of sensing a variety of different flavors. On the other hand, dogs only have about 1700 taste buds, so they can’t taste nearly as many different flavors as we can. Therefore, your dog won’t feel, nor react to spicy food the same way you would react to it.

On the other hand, a dog’s sense of smell is far superior to that of humans. So you can only imagine the effect that spicy food has on them. Even a whiff of spicy food can cause sneezing and your eyes to water. Now imagine the effect that spicy food has on supersensitive dog noses.

Can Spicy Food Kill My Dog?

No, spicy food can’t kill your dog, but it can cause digestive issues such as:

In more serious cases it can cause canine pancreatitis.