Give your pup some pepper

Who doesn't like a sweet Bell Pepper? Not only are they tasty with just the right crispness, they are highly nutritious for both humans and dogs.

Bell peppers are rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories. They have four times more vitamin C than an orange and contain powerful antioxidants that have great healing properties. Peppers can even help improve your dog’s cardiovascular system and protect them from free radicals. They're the perfect snack!

First, let’s talk about how to choose the right pepper. When buying peppers, always go for fully mature red bell peppers if you're sharing with your pup. They’re richer in vitamins and minerals compared to their yellow and green cousins.

Be sure to remove the stem and seeds in order to avoid potential digestive problems. The best way to add these to your dog’s diet is by mixing them with their regular food. A very light steam or finely blending them before adding to their food can help with digestability. Alternatively, sharing a small piece of raw pepper will be a sweet treat for your pup and is a great way to add more nutrients to your dog’s diet.

Follow the 10% rule and your dog will enjoy all the benefits without risking digestive issues. Keep your veggies to 1/10 of your dog's overall daily diet.

If your dog likes the taste of peppers, you can gradually add them as a boost to your dog’s daily food intake. Be sure to only share bell peppers, never hot peppers which can easily cause digestive issues.

✳️ Note: peppers are part of the nightshade family of vegetables (which also includes tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes). Nightshades contain solanine which can aggravate inflammation, so it’s best to avoid them if you have a dog with a condition like arthritis.

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