About black pepper

Black pepper is a flowering vine of the pepper family native to southern India. Used as a table condiment for centuries, black pepper is the ground unripened fruit of the plant. The peppercorn. The world’s most traded spice, black pepper has been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years. And now, believe it or not, black pepper for dogs is being used in homemade dog food!

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Benefits of black pepper for dogs

Ground black pepper contains moderate amounts of vitamin K, iron, manganese and piperine. Piperine increases a dog’s ability to absorb selenium, vitamin B12, beta-carotene and curcumin. That’s where the spice’s real benefits lie. In the case of curcumin for example, it is said to increase the body’s ability to absorb curcumin by up to 2000%!

Curcumin is of course the active ingredient in the turmeric used in my Joint Support for Dogs.

It’s this ability to help your dog absorb curcumin that makes black pepper particularly beneficial to your best friend.

Although not essential to a dog’s diet, black pepper for dogs also has antibacterial properties and helps with digestion. It’s also said to have anti-inflammatory properties which makes it beneficial in protecting against the likes of arthritis, digestive problems and cancer. It’s also said to be good for improved canine cognitive function and to be able to lower cholesterol levels.

That’s why I, as a canine nutritionist, recommend adding it to your dog’s homemade dog food.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


  1. Geral

    It’s great when I come across a nutritionist that believes in herbs for doggies. I have been preparing my cat and dogs food for over 20 years and it just keeps getting better because I enjoy fixing their food!

  2. Linda Fiffy

    Wow I did not know this. As I want my new dog to have table food. I had 2 beautiful black labs who ate grain. Both died at age 10. Cancer. Not again table food only!


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