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Can dogs have jalapenos: Here’s the truth

Can dogs have jalapenos: Here’s the truth

Jalapeno peppers are not only super tasty (and spicy!) but they also contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Meaning they don’t only give that kick to our dishes, but they are also healthy! So if jalapenos are healthy and contain many vitamins and minerals, can we share them with dogs? Can dogs have jalapenos?

Jalapenos might be healthy, but they are also super spicy, so are they safe for canines?

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That’s the question we’re going to answer in this article. We’re going to take a look at whether dogs can eat jalapenos and what will happen when dogs eat spicy food.

The list of human foods we feel tempted to share with our dogs is long. The problem is that we don’t really research if those foods are really safe, but we’re here to help:

Can dogs have jalapenos

Now, to answer the question can dogs eat jalapenos. Your dog definitely shouldn’t eat jalapenos or any spicy food for that matter.

Can dogs have jalapenos
You should definitely not give any jalapenos to your canine companion

The reason for this is that jalapenos can cause gastrointestinal discomfort. In fact, by giving your dog jalapenos you’re risking them suffering from gastric conditions that will definitely require medical treatment.

Why jalapenos are a bad idea

The issue is not the jalapeno pepper, the overall issue is spicy food. Jalapenos are actually one of the healthiest foods. They contain a lot of fiber, vitamins like A, C, K, and B6, and an amazing healing compound called capsaicin.

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The compound capsaicin gives peppers their spicy flavor. However, it’s also linked to reducing diabetic insulin spikes and relieving pain. Many also claim that it can kick the metabolism into gear for accelerated fat loss!

Generally speaking, jalapenos do not contain anything toxic for dogs. However only because they aren’t toxic doesn’t mean they are good for dogs either. Even small amounts of jalapenos can be very hard on your dog’s digestive system, and cause them severe problems.

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This is because your dog’s digestive system is simply not used to spicy foods, it’s not something that can be found in their natural diet.

What if your dog ate jalapenos

If you know that your dog ate jalapenos, stay calm, don’t panic! In the case that your dog ate only a few pieces (meaning slices) of jalapenos, it shouldn’t drastically affect them. Your dog will probably have some minor gastrointestinal problems and the symptoms you should be looking out for are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Changes in the appearance of stool

Your dog should also have access to enough fresh, clean water, this will greatly help them.

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However, if you know that your dog ate more than just a few slices of jalapenos, then the best course of action would be to contact your veterinarian and let them know exactly what happened.

can dogs eat jalapenos
In the case that your dog ate only a few pieces of jalapenos, it shouldn’t drastically affect them


In conclusion, the answer to the question can dogs have jalapenos is definitely not. While jalapenos aren’t toxic, they will cause your dog severe gastrointestinal problems and issues.

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Generally speaking, even though jalapenos are healthy, they don’t really have any benefits for your dog. If you want your dog to get in all the nutrients and vitamins, then invest in high-quality dog food.

Lastly, if you want to give your dog some human food as a treat you can opt for different fruits like blueberries, pineapple, apples, or blackberries!

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.