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No, dogs cannot eat jalapenos. Although jalapeno peppers are not toxic, the spicy content can be harmful to dogs. Unlike humans, a dog’s sensitive stomach is not meant to tolerate spicy food. Eating jalapenos will cause your dog to have an upset stomach.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Non-toxic but can harm your dog
Nutritional Issues Capsaicin
Potential Risks Gastrointestinal problems
Symptoms Vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, excessive gas
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

What Makes Jalapenos Unsafe?

Jalapenos contain capsaicin which is what gives these peppers a spicy taste. Jalapenos might not be the spiciest pepper in the world, but because dogs have highly sensitive stomachs, they have trouble digesting it properly.

How Many Jalapenos Are Bad for Dogs?

Since jalapenos are non-toxic, your dog can probably get away with having a bite. If you see them nose-deep in jalapenos, it can be a cause for concern, and it is best to look out for signs of an upset stomach.

Some dogs enjoy eating jalapenos. This could be because of their limited tastebuds; dogs cannot feel the heat from the pepper as much as we do.

TIP: If you want to incorporate peppers into your dog’s diet, consider adding bell peppers.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Many Jalapenos

Your dog will experience abdominal discomfort, loose stools, vomiting and bloating. This is not a toxic reaction. Rather, it is because of the spice content.

The burning sensation on the tongue will increase your dog’s thirst, and they will drink more water, causing the bloating.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, dogs should not eat jalapeno peppers. They are non-toxic, but the spicy content can still harm your dog.

  • Dogs have limited tastebuds and can only taste a few flavors. Spice is not one of them. Jalapenos are more likely to taste sour to dogs.

  • If your dog has only eaten a bite of hot pepper, they might not experience an adverse reaction. However, if they have eaten more than a small bite or two, they are likely to have an upset stomach, vomiting, excessive thirst and abdominal pain.

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.