If you are a dog owner, then you probably already know that certain foods are not suitable for your furry friend. Some foods can create confusion in our mind and we might not be sure if they are good or not for our pets, which is why it is always better to get as much information as we can about these foods.
Dogs can mostly eat almost all sorts of fruits and vegetables, but something that is always suggested is that these foods need to be given in moderation.
Capsicum or peppers are another interesting vegetable and it can be sometimes confusing whether they can be given to your dog or not. Peppers can now be found in almost all parts of the world, thanks to the development of transport and trade.
They are also an important part of many dishes and usually included as one of the ingredients in a dish. They can be eaten cooked or raw, and in both cases they hold an important amount of healthy things our bodies need.
But do dogs need to eat them or are they only good for us? This is the question we are going to answer in today’s text. So, if you are interested in finding out whether peppers are good for your furry friend or not, this is a chance to do that.
Capsicum nutritive information
Capsicum is a vegetable plant with stems and fruits of various shapes and colors: from small berries to large bubble fruits, shapes of tomato, horn and small spiny forms; from dark green, light green, yellow, orange to red. Peppers can have a sweet, semi-sweet and hot flavor.
This useful and mostly nutritious food in the 15th century brought the Spaniards to Europe. Later, through Africa, it spread to Turkey, and from there into Hungary. Today, about 50 varieties of peppers are grown in the world.
Pepper is a very nutritious food since 100 g of fresh red pepper contains: 92% water, 6 g carbohydrates, 0.99 g proteins, 0.3 g fats and 1.2 g of dietary fiber.
The energy value of fresh red pepper is just 20 kcal per 100 g, and its most important feature is the richness of vitamins and minerals.
It contains four times more vitamin C than orange, and its amount depends on the pepper variety, the climate in which it is grown and some other factors. Red pepper is known for its vitamin C content and beta-carotene, which are varied including some nutrients in different types of peppers calculated on 100 g foods: it is a great source of vitamin C (72-172% of RDA per serving), it is a good source of vitamins B6 (10-17% of RDA per serving) and a good source of vitamin A (15% of RDA per meal – red pepper).
In addition, the peppers contain other vitamins in smaller quantities. From minerals it contains highest amounts of potassium. Freezing leads to the loss of potassium, zinc, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
When prepared with acidification for the winter period, a small amount of vitamins are lost, but they still remain sufficient to meet the needs of the body. The amount of minerals that is lost is smaller, while in some it even increases (calcium, iron, copper, manganese, selenium).
In addition to being nutritious as a food and a rich source of vitamins, peppers also have certain healing properties, which must not be ignored. The most important is alkaloid capsaicin, which is very hot, and most of it has in the inside of the fruit around the seeds.
Pepper is useful to people suffering from atherosclerosis because its citrate constituent affects the permeability of capillaries and makes them elastic. It stimulates digestion of digestive juices and thus opens appetite and improves digestion.
Pepper contains about 20 compounds from the carotenoid group, which are natural antioxidants and play an important role in protecting our health because they prevent the formation of harmful compounds (free radicals) and protect us from many diseases.
Can dogs eat Capsicum?
Now to answer the question we first asked. The answer to this question is yes, dogs can eat capsicum without any problems. They are safe and won’t cause any problems for your dog, but always be moderate in your portions. Dogs generally get most of their nutritive values from the food that is meant for them but we can sometimes add something new to their diet.
Since Capsicum or peppers are pretty are, you can always add them to your dog’s meals. It is always best to start with small portions until you see how your dog reacts to the peppers and whether he likes them or not. Peppers have a specific taste and not all dogs are going to be fans of them. The best way you can sneak in some peppers is by crushing them and adding them in your dog’s meal. Peppers can be prepared in various ways so you have many options to add them to your dog’s food.
When preparing peppers make sure you peel off the skin because it might be hard for your dog to process. Sometimes skin on various fresh produce can cause diarrhea or other sorts of digestive problems for your furry friend. When giving your dog Capsicums make sure you don’t go overboard with it because this can also be a problem. Start with smaller amounts and increase them over time to see his reaction.
The reason why dogs can’t handle excessive amounts of Capsicums is because dog digestive systems aren’t made for digesting plant proteins and are more suitable for digesting animal protein that is found in meat. Dogs were once wild animals that fed themselves by hunting other animals, even though it is hard to visualize that in our best friend today.
Avoid certain types of peppers
Some sorts of peppers are more suitable for your dog than other. Canines can eat bell peppers without a problem, unless you give him too much of it. when you give your dog too much of peppers he might get diarrhea or even experience stomach pain, which can be hard for us to notice since dogs can’t say they are in pain.
If you gave your dog too much Capsicum, you might notice that he is not handling it in the best way by his reaction. He will probably cuddle up in a corner or even squeal until you notice that he has problems.
Some sorts of Capsicums are better for your dog than others. Peppers come in various colors and some of them are more nutritive than others. Red peppers are full of nutrients and can be more beneficial for your dog than other sorts. They have a lot of vitamins and minerals and they are probably the most valuable out of all the different sorts and Capsicum colors. They contain large portions of vitamins such as E and C and also other minerals essential for our growth and development, as well as our dogs.
When it comes to choosing the young Capsicum peppers over matured ones, it is always best to choose the matured ones since they contain more of these valuable vitamins and minerals. They are also much easier for cooking since they can be prepared in various ways.
Should you give your dog Capsicum?
Overall, Capsicums are really healthy and they contain a lot of different vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamins like C and E as well as other sorts of Vitamins and minerals. When it comes to giving your dog Capsicum, this is not something that has to be done. Your dog gets plenty of nutrients from the food that is meant for him, so there is no need to insist on giving him something he doesn’t like.
In case your dog really likes the taste of Capsicum, then there is no reason not to give him peppers occasionally as a part of his meal. This is going to add even more essential nutrients he needs and boost his health overall.
Like we already mentioned, make sure you don’t give your dog too much peppers because it might hurt his stomach. It is best to introduce this vegetable into his diet slowly, because too many peppers at once can cause serious digestive problems. When serving the Capsicums make sure you pre-cook them and mix them in with your dog’s food. This way he won’t even notice them in his food, while at the same time he will be eating something good for his health.
The reason why you should sometimes experiment with your dog’s diet and add new things to it, is because your pets deserve to have a good and quality meals just like we do. Imagine if you would only eat things like processed foods and things that are canned, you surely wouldn’t feel good at all. This is why it is important to give your dog what he deserves and to treat him the way you would like to be treated.
Capsicums are safe vegetables and you can always opt to add them to your dog’s diet. They won’t cause any harm to your furry friend, as long as you give him smaller portions and make sure he gets enough of other foods as well.
Capsicums can be given as a treat for your dog as well, since they alone can’t replace a whole meal. Always clean the outside skin and peel it off before you give your dog a pepper, because this is going to prevent him from having digestive problems.
And lastly, try giving your friend Capsicums to se if he actually likes them or not, because their happiness is the only thing that matters.