Can Dogs Eat Jalapenos? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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Whether intentional or accidental, it’s never a good idea for dogs to eat jalapenos. Some of us have trouble handling the heat of jalapeno peppers so what would make one think that dogs can handle it any better? This applies to both raw and pickled jalapenos.

Jalapenos aren’t considered toxic to dogs but they are likely to cause severe gastrointestinal problems, especially as dogs aren’t able to handle the spice level. In addition to stomach upsets, other common symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of appetite.

If you noticed your dog eating some jalapenos then be sure to monitor him over the next couple of days. If he shows major signs of distress then a trip to the vet is most likely needed. If your dog is acting normal then just make sure he has access to plenty of clean drinking water and keep close tabs of the dog’s eating and toilet activity.

Pickled jalapenos are likely to be even worse for dogs due to the sodium and vinegar content. Both could aggravate the gastrointestinal issues even further.

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