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Yes, dogs can safely eat a small amount of black pepper and it is not toxic to them. However, black pepper provides no nutritional benefits to dogs and its spicy taste is unpleasant to most dogs, therefore, the spice should not be added to your dog’s diet.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in small amounts.
Nutritional Value Black pepper has no nutritional value for dogs.
Potential Risks The capsaicin in the pepper can irritate the digestive tract and cause gastrointestinal issues. If your dog eats too much black pepper, it can also suffer from hemorrhoids. Inhaling black pepper can lead to respiratory issues in dogs.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Black Pepper is Safe for Dogs?

A teaspoon of black pepper powder or a black peppercorn or two is safe for dogs. However, anything more than that can cause gastrointestinal distress and other problems.

What Happens if Dog Eats too Much Black Pepper?

If your dog eats too much black pepper powder or peppercorns, the capsaicin in the spice can irritate the digestive tract and cause gastrointestinal issues. These issues will cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Eating too much black pepper can also cause hemorrhoids, which can be quite painful if not treated.

How to Feed Black Pepper to Dogs?

Despite being safe to consume in moderation, there is no benefit to adding black pepper to a dog’s diet. Therefore we suggest not feeding it to your dog and sticking to its usual balanced meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When a dog eats a significant amount of black pepper, it can cause gastrointestinal issues. One of the symptoms that it translates to is diarrhea.

  • While it is a seasoning enjoyed by humans, most dogs do not enjoy spicy food. Therefore, there is a high chance that dogs do not enjoy the taste of black pepper.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.