Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper?

Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Becky Roberts

For humans, herbs and spices are a common part of our daily meals. We see them around tables and shelves, readily available to add flavor to our favorite food.

If you are also one who is fond of cooking, then you are well aware of certain health benefits of these products. A sprinkle of the said condiments is almost a surefire way of spicing up our human food.

Although these health benefits are proven for humans, the case may be slightly different for our four-legged friends.

In this feature, we will be talking about a question that some of you may even be asking yourselves: can dogs eat black pepper?

Dog chewing on stick

Health Benefits Of Black Pepper To Humans

Black pepper is used commonly around the world. It simply adds a distinct flavor to our go-to meals, and there are even times when we add them just for the fun of it!

The black pepper (commonly known as the “king of spices”) acts as an antioxidant, giving it certain benefits to the consumer. It helps boost nutrient absorption, and promotes digestion, and helps prevent diarrhea.

Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper?

The simplest answer is yes. In small amounts. And it’s not as if though it’s safe to incorporate black pepper into every meal or treat for your dog. Let me explain why.

Some potential health concerns you should always look out for is when your dog experiences an upset stomach.

Other Potential Health Issues

Although completely harmless when taken into small amounts, black pepper can prove to be a problem when taken in large quantities.

The piperine, which gives the pepper its distinct flavor and smell, can be quite irritating to a dog’s digestive system. When this happens, some of the things you need to look out for is potential vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

What To Do Whenever Black Pepper Affects Your Dog Negatively

Initially, dogs are most likely to avoid black pepper due to their natural scent. It’s just that pungent!

But if you already suspect your pet to be under the influence of black pepper, then allowing them to drink water and observing them within the next few hours or over the next few days should be fine and should work, as again, there’s really not too many dogs that will eat black pepper initially. If they do however and you suspect them to have gotten large quantities, then a visit to your trusted veterinarian should do the trick.

The Wrap Up

Aside from their daily diet, exercise, and overall health, there’s nothing more important to a pet owner than knowing their dog is living the best life they can! And it’s highly commendable of you to reach this part of the feature. At the end of the day, anything in moderation is fine for humans but can be different for dogs, Just be sure to consult a licensed professional whenever trying out new things for your pet!

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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