Can Dogs Eat Jalapenos?

Many people around the world love the spicy taste of the jalapeno. This spicy pepper leaves a bold, spicy taste, but we love it oh so much. What about mans best friend? Can dogs eat jalapenos? That is the topic we will explore today to see if it is safe to give cooked or even uncooked jalapenos to a dog.

What is a Jalapeno?

A jalapeno is actually a fruit. You may have thought it was a vegetable, but I am here to tell you that no, it is a fruit. It is a fruit from the capsicum.

It is about medium in size when you compare it to other hot peppers. It can range from 2-4 inches in length, but sometimes you can find much bigger ones up to six inches in length.

Can Dogs Eat Jalapenos

Can Dogs Eat Jalapenos

In the simplest answer, then-No, you should not feed your dog jalapenos.

Jalapenos are not harmful in any way through toxins. The amount of spiciness that the jalapeno pepper creates is not good for the digestive system of your dog.  

They are not harmful in any other way if they happen to get one or eat one. You will have to watch out for what it might do for your dog’s stomach.

There aren’t really any known health benefits for your dog if they eat a jalapeno. The negative largely outweigh any benefits they may even get.

What to Do if Your Dog Eats a Jalapeno

If your dog gets a hold of one or two slices of jalapenos, I would not worry too much. They may develop some stomach issues, but it won’t turn into an emergency situation if just a few were consumed by your dog.

It is always smart as a dog owner to closely monitor your dog throughout the day. Give them access to plenty of water, as much as they want. If you start seeing your dog vomiting or having diarrhea, then that is when you need to consult a veterinarian.

Now, if your dog has eaten more than just a few slices of jalapeno, or even a whole jalapeno, then you should definitely call your veterinarian because more drastic gastroenterological problems can occur.

Also, make sure that you are always on the lookout for allergies in your dog. If your dog were to eat any food and get an allergy, try to omit that from their diet.


A Way to Resolve the Issue

One way to can resolve the issue of your dog begging for jalapenos is by having treats available for your dog. So, say your sitting at your table having a meal, and you have jalapenos on it. Your dog begins to beg for table scraps, and you want to give your dog a little something. So instead of giving your dog a jalapeno, have a few dog treats with you to give your dog one of those.


As you can see in this article, it is not recommended at all to give your dog jalapenos.  Try to keep your dog away from them at all costs if you can. So, can dogs eat jalapenos? No, they cannot. There are other alternatives to give your dogs instead of jalapeno peppers.

I hope you found this helpful. Has your dog ever eaten a jalapeno? Let me know down below and how your dog reacted.

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