Bell peppers are good for dogs, whether they are green, red, orange, or yellow. There is nothing harmful at all. That said, they may be a bit spicy and cause some indigestion. If they eat too much, they could possibly get diarrhea and that is not fun for anybody, especially the dog.
There are many foods that are perfectly fine for dogs but none of them should be overfed due to the risk and potential for gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea that is the result.
Some fresh vegetables can be given in small doses as treats. Plus, the vitamins you are adding to their diet can be a boon to their health. Antioxidants in dark green veggies and in things like blueberries are extraordinarily beneficial to boosting the immune system.
Why not feed them everything that you eat? Simply put, because we don’t eat that well and not all human foods are safe for dogs. Let’s explore this more in-depth.
Things That Dogs Can Have But Might Make Them Sick
This is a category like ‘Candy for Kids’ – it won’t kill them and a little bit will be fine but a lot will make them sick. Here are some things that won’t kill your dog but too much is definitely not a good idea.
- Dairy products
- Peanut butter
- Baked foods
That’s just a partial list. It’s mean to make you stop and think. Too much of almost anything will make them sick. A slice of orange would probably be okay but the whole orange may be far too acidic for their stomach. Think before you feed them new foods and do what is best for them, not necessarily what they want.
Things That Can Kill Dogs or Cause Serious Issues
- Apple seeds
- Plum or Peach Pits
- Macadamia Nuts
- Grapes or raisins
- Onions and garlic
This is not a complete list. This is a list of the most common foods that may be in your house most commonly. As you can see, some of the food items listed here would typically seem very benign. For dogs, a small mouthful of grapes can cause their kidneys to shut down within two hours and be deadly.
Read Books and Check Websites
Do your due diligence when it comes to foods you can and cannot feed to your dog. It is far better to look something up before you feed it to them than to find out too late. Many websites and books are available on the subject of foods that should be avoided. There are also recipes that you can download for creating your own dog treats that safe and delicious.
Many people want to feed their dogs foods that more natural than a bag of dried kibble. Let’s face it, that kibble doesn’t really look appealing and we know it. Dried bits of food that used to be wonderful in a natural state, sprayed with oils to make it smell more appealing and purchased in a bag; this is what we feed our dogs and it makes feel guilty sometimes.
This is often the reason that we offer the last bite of our own dinner when they give us the sad eyes, pleading for just one bite of real meat. There is no harm in a bite or two of food but we do need to exercise some caution. Our food mostly likely has salt and sugar, both of which are bad for dogs. We also tend to use a lot of spices and flavor enhancements that may not be safe and potentially could upset the stomach of most dogs.
Don’t give your dog hot and spicy foods. They eat it and you think they like it so you give them more. In the yard later they are paying the price in burning diarrhea and that is your fault. They don’t know that can happen and they won’t remember the next time you offer the same food. Your job is to look out for them.
This is the worst time for watching dogs because with holidays there is typically candy, chocolate, and baked goods. Dogs sometimes get lost in the holiday shuffle and the next thing you know, they are drinking a glass of wine someone left on a table. T
hat’s a trip to the veterinarian and potentially life-threatening. Yes, they will help themselves to alcohol. Don’t leave them unsupervised. If you intend to have a party and much holiday happenings at your house, the dog may be safer in his kennel in the bedroom.
At this time of year, veterinarians are inundated with accidental poisoning cases that are rushed in. Dogs love chocolate. Unfortunately, chocolate is toxic to them.
Dogs That Develop Chronic Conditions
Over time, if dogs are constantly fed foods that are high in sugar, they are at risk of developing type two diabetes. When this happens, they’ll need to be on special prescribed food and insulin for the rest of their lives. They will be prone to other health issues due to complications from diabetes. It will definitely shorten their lives.
Dogs can develop kidney disease, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and many other issues all from the foods that they’ve been eating. This is why you should not feed overly fatty foods. When you prepare meats for them, trim the fat away. When you share foods with them, provide fresh vegetables and small amounts of fruit so that they don’t get a lot of natural sugars in their diet either.
Sugar is a food that we know feeds inflammation in the body. When the body is in a constant state of inflammation we see a rise in things like arthritis and even things like cancer. The cause of cancer is suspected to be the oxidation process that happens as cells age.
When this process happens, free radicals are created and they are suspected of being the cause of cancer. Antioxidants fight free radicals and foods that are full of them can be added to the diet of your dog. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and will boost the immune system. Eat a bowl of blueberries and share them with your dog.
Should You Supplement Your Dog?
Many people worry if their dog is getting the nutrition that he needs. If you are feeding good quality food, there is typically not a need to add supplementation for a healthy dog. That said, not all dog foods are meeting the requirements of your dog fully. This is why many people are moving to add fresh foods to the diet of their dogs or switching them over to natural diets altogether. There are fresh diets that you can purchase in a refrigerated section. These are typically healthier than the dry kibbles and will also go a long way toward keeping older pets hydrated when they tend to not drink as much as they age.
If you would like to simply cut and add some fresh veggies or real meat to your dog’s kibble, this is also an acceptable way to supplement their diet and feed less kibble. As long as you slowly add new foods to their diet, you shouldn’t upset their stomach. Go slow and add new things one at a time as you will learn that they don’t like everything. In fact, dogs can be far more discriminating than most people realize. Some dogs are very picky.
Dogs really do like trying new things and it is a good way to expand their minds. Dogs are more intelligent than people often realize. They need mental stimulation. Trying new foods is a great way to expand their horizons. It is also a fun way to enjoy learning their likes and dislikes. You may be surprised if you offer them choices as to what things they will choose first.
When you choose fresh meat for your dog, make it good lean meat that is easily digestible. Dogs enjoy beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, venison, and even some fish on occasion. Don’t over-do fish because of the mercury levels in most fish.
Feel free to go on a better eating plan with your dog and eat the same sorts of foods with them. Sharing healthy foods and getting exercise together might be the best choice you ever make. Either way, feel free to feed them those bell peppers and a tiny drizzle of dressing won’t hurt. Make it a homemade and sugar-free dressing.
Laura Barnes is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.