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Yes, dogs can eat bell peppers – all colors. In fact they have some nice nutritional benefits even in moderation. When cooked, bell peppers are easier to digest and can add beneficial fiber to the diet that supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Portion size is important to get right.

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Beneficial: This food is generally considered beneficial by the veterinary community. Dogs can get nutritional value from this food if added to a dogs regular diet.

Nutritional Value of Bell Peppers for Dogs

Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, potassium, as well as fiber and antioxidants. These nutrients can help support your dog’s immune system and overall health. In fact, a small amount of bell pepper in your dog’s diet can be beneficial.

Food Safety Beneficial, in moderation
Nutritional Value Vitamins A and C, as well as fiber and antioxidants
Potential Risks Risks are minimal, gas or diarrhea may occur after a large serving
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Cooked vs. Raw Bell Peppers: Is There A Difference?

While dogs can munch on both raw or cooked bell peppers, feeding your dog cooked bell peppers is preferred. This is because cooked bell peppers are easier for your dog to digest so they’re less likely to experience digestive issues such as gas and diarrhea.

Green vs. Red vs. Yellow vs. Orange: Is One Better?

All colors of bell peppers are safe for dogs to eat, but red bell peppers are the ripest and most nutrient-dense, with higher amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A. Green bell peppers are the least ripe and have the least nutritional value. Yellow and orange bell peppers fall somewhere in between red and green.

Recommended Serving Size of Bell Peppers for Dogs

The rule of thumb is up to 10% of their daily food consumption can be from treats, and bell peppers would be considered a treat. For small dogs, this could mean a 2-3 small strips, while larger dogs may be able to handle 6-8 strips.

Tip: According to Healthline, the water content of the average raw bell pepper is 92%, this makes it a nice treat during warm days, during hikes or long walks.

Food Allergies and Bell Peppers for Dogs

Allergic reactions to bell peppers are generally rare. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itching, redness, swelling, or difficulty breathing. If your dog shows any signs of an allergic reaction after eating bell peppers, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.

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About the Writer
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.