No, dogs can’t eat chili because of the solanine and capsaicin content chili contains.
Solanine is produced by the nightshade family of plants known as Solanaceae. Chili is a member of this Solanaceae family of spicy fruits. Solanaceae plants contain solanine, a phytochemical that causes diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting in canines.
Besides solanine, chili also contains capsaicin. Capsaicin is the main ingredient in peppers that produces burning and hot sensations in the mouth when we eat or chew pepper. And this active ingredient is peculiar to chili peppers.
As a result of these gastrointestinal irritations and disturbances from these active ingredients, our furry friends can’t eat them.
Can Dogs Taste Chili?
No, dogs can’t taste the chili. And if they do taste it, it is to a very minute degree.
Unlike humans, dogs have fewer taste receptors. Their number of taste receptors is about 1,700 compared to about 9,000 that humans have. This number impacts how our canine buddies detect taste and its variations from many food substances.
However, it is important to note that their number of taste receptors does not impact how they feel or react to substances in foods. Our four-legged furry friend can still feel the heat or burning sensation that comes from eating chilies.
This is because it is different from that of taste which could range from anything between sour to salty, or sweet to bitter.
Can My Puppy Eat Chili?
No, just as our adult canine buddy can’t eat chili, our pups also can’t.
Chilies will irritate our puppies more than the older ones. Their body system is still developing and hasn’t developed resistance to a lot of harsh conditions.
Can Dogs Eat Red Chili?
No, dogs can’t eat red chili.
Red chilies have maximum spice in them. When green, they are left to mature to get maximum flavors from them and they turn red.
A consequence of this spiciness is that they will hurt our pooch more making them far from being suitable for our canine friends.
Can Dogs Eat Green Chili?
Many people consider green chilies as a healthier option than red chilies. However, they are still not recommended for dogs to consume because they still contain solanine and capsaicin.
The colors of chili peppers don’t influence their suitability for consumption in canines.