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Can My Dog Eat Spicy Foods?


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According to research, dogs have taste receptors for the same four major taste types as humans: salty, bitter, sour, and sweet. However, just because they can sense the same types of tastes doesn’t mean they react to them the same way.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t treat your pup to some tasty human food from time to time. But stick with veterinarian-approved whole foods like certain fruits in small portions. “If you wish to share some of your food. Dogs are known for their curiosity, and they often display a willingness to try whatever their human companions are eating. This includes spicy foods that are common in many cuisines worldwide.

Certain foods like chocolate are well-known no-nos for dogs. The risks of other foods are not as obvious, such as food that is on the spicier side.

Just like us, dogs don’t like bitter tastes, so if you’re wondering whether your pup would enjoy a spoonful of curry, the answer is they probably won’t! Spicy food can be potentially dangerous for your pup for a number of reasons, so if you’re wondering what to do if your dog ate spicy food.

Why Is Spicy Food Bad for Dogs?

For most dogs this is an unpleasant sensation, and it can be painful to them to feel that kind of heat and burning after eating. This can lead to food aversions where a dog will not want to eat if they associate that painful sensation with certain foods or certain feeding situations, even if the food is not spicy the next time.

Delay between bite and reaction happens because the taste buds that sense bitterness and sourness are located towards the back of the tongue. When a dog tastes something spicy, it takes a moment for the flavour to reach the appropriate taste buds. When they do get a spicy taste on their tongue, they may not react to the heat the same way a human would, but they definitely react to the bitter or sour flavour.

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Key Points:

  • Spicy food can cause dogs to have upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea, thirst, and flatulence. Do not feed your dog spicy food.
  • Dogs risk developing canine pancreatitis and even ulcers from consuming large amounts of spicy food.
  • If your dog ingests spicy food, be prepared for it to have an upset stomach and diarrhea. Give your dog lots of water. See your veterinarian if symptoms persist.

What Should You Do If Dog Eats Something Spicy?

If your dog took a small bite or lick of a spicy pepper, it may be uncomfortable but is unlikely to cause serious harm. While many human remedies for spicy food call for dairy products like milk to cool the burn, dogs should not eat large amounts of  dairy as this can cause tummy troubles like diarrhoea. A small spoonful of low fat yogurt may do the trick if you have some on hand but in most cases, the burning sensation will subside within a few minutes and your dog will be just fine.



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