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Keep Your Green Chile on Your Plate and Out of Your Dog Bowl

Green Chile PetYou know its the fall when the air smells like roasting green chile. Every other street corner, grocery store, farmers market, and sometimes even gas station is roasting and selling green chile. Burgers, stew, enchiladas, salsa, beer, ice cream, jam…we love to put green chile in everything! The one thing you should not put green chile in is your dogs food.

Green chile has a host of wonderful qualities. It boosts our immune system. It gets the oxytocin flowing. It is yummy! Though it does good things for you, it does not do good things for your dog. Luckily green chile is not toxic to your dog. So if your dog eats it, he will be ok.

What can happen if your dog eats green chile

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Mouth blisters
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety

You may recognize these symptoms because the same things happens to you if you eat chile that is too hot for you.  Though they can cause some discomfort, thankfully they pass quickly.

What to do

  • Lots of water – the water can help dilute the acid in the stomach, which causes the stomach upset. It can also help flush their mouth of the acid that causes the burning.
  • Milk – If you dog seems to have sever burning in his mouth, milk can help neutralize the burning.
  • Grass – Grass is your dogs natural pept0. If their stomach is upset, let them eat some grass and that can help calm their stomach down, or help them to vomit to get rid of what is upsetting their stomach.
  • Pepto-Bismol – You can crush up Pepto-Bismol in water and give it to them. This can help if your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting. The amount you can give depends on your dogs weight. Make sure to call Albuquerque Vetco to consult with a vet before you give your dog pepto.

As the wonderful green chile smell fills the air and our plate, make sure to not share with your dog. Trust us when we tell you that Fido will me much happier not eating your green chile burger!