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We try to eat five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day to maintain a balanced diet, but does this also apply to our dogs? Not all the food we eat has positive effects on pets, but some of these veggies are a good supplement in a dog’s diet.
Can dogs eat bell peppers? YES, they can, if they like them. As with all vegetables and fruits, there’s the right way and the wrong way to feed them, and I’m going to explain in this article how to give bell peppers to your dog without putting her in danger.
Benefits of bell peppers
Moderate amounts of vegetables are good for your dog, especially if she’s prone to obesity or suffers from constipation. Bell peppers, in particular, are a good source of nutrients, being rich in carotenoids, antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E, many of them essential if you want your dog to maintain a healthy diet.
Bell peppers are a good way to supplement your dog’s diet, especially if you feed her raw meat (BARF diet) instead of kibbles. Processed dog food, on the other hand, is supposed to have all the vitamins and minerals your dog needs to thrive, so you should use bell peppers as a treat only.
Dogs can have bell peppers of any color
Can dogs have red bell peppers? What about green, or yellow? The answer is yes, they can eat any type of bell pepper they like. Give her small slices of various peppers to see which one she prefers. If she likes them all, you can alternate between them.
However, if you’re worried that one type of pepper could be more nutritious than another, you should know that all of them provide important amounts of Vitamin C, while the red ones are nine times richer in beta-carotene than other types.
How much bell pepper can dogs eat?
Dogs are mainly carnivores, so they don’t need too many veggies in their meals. High quantities of any vegetable, bell peppers included, can upset your dog’s digestive system and cause her diarrhea and, in some cases, vomiting.
When you introduce bell peppers, start with a small slice and increase the quantity gradually. Depending on your dog’s size and type of diet, you can give her 1-3 medium slices a day, if she’s small, or up to half a bell pepper if she’s a large dog. However be sure not to make them an everyday food, because dogs need variety in their meals to get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients.
If you use bell peppers as treats, each portion should be smaller than a slice, as treats shouldn’t represent more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake.
How to cook bell peppers for your dog
You can feed her peppers that are pureed or cooked, to make them more digestible and to help your dog’s body get enough nutrients from the vegetables you’re giving her. The best ways to cook bell peppers for a dog is to steam them or prepare them in a pan, using little or no fat. Remove cores and seeds before starting.
Never give cooked peppers to your dog if they’ve been prepared together with onions and garlic, as these two vegetables are not suitable for dogs. Even if you separate them after cooking, substances contained by the other vegetables are already mixed in with the peppers and can harm your dog.
You can give bell peppers to your dog, whether they’re red, yellow or green. I think a few medium slices every once in awhile is enough for a balanced diet, as the most important thing when feeding veggies is to maintain moderate quantities.
Does your dog like bell peppers? Which one of them she does prefer? Leave a comment below and tell us what vegetables you feed her, and how often.