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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

People have asked me about why the Barfworld diet contains cayenne.  Cayenne pepper has many therapeutic benefits for dogs.  It is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries.  The tiny amount of cayenne in the Barfworld dog food is enough to provide its positive effects.  The dosing must be correct though.  I personally do not add any cayenne to my dogs’ food.  It is already in the Barfworld recipes.  To read more about the raw Barfworld diet, read What I Have Fed My Own Dogs.

Circulation:  Cayenne expands the blood vessels which increases circulation of the blood to the extremities. This provides warmth and healing for the entire body.

Heart:  Dr. Karen Becker recommends cayenne to treat dogs suffering from heart pathology.

Joint Relief:  Dr. Karen Becker explains that cayenne increases blood circulation to the connective tissues, muscles, tendons and joints.  Cayenne is high in capsaicin which adds the additional benefit of temporarily relieving the joints.

Nutrients:  Cayenne peppers provide a great source of vitamins A, C, B-complex, calcium, and potassium.

Decongestant:  Cayenne aids in breaking up congestion and moving mucus.

Digestion:  Cayenne is a digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices.  As it enhances digestive processes, it enables the body to metabolize food (and toxins) with great efficiency.  Cayenne aids with intestinal gas and bloating by stimulating the intestinal tract to enable the body in the healthy elimination of waste.

Fats:  Cayenne balances LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fighting Illness:  Cayenne has antifungal and antibacterial properties.



* Do not administer to dogs with kidney or urinary problems, sensitive stomachs or those with inflammatory digestive conditions.

* Avoid the eye and nose area: cayenne is a strong irritant to those sensitive areas.




Becker, Karen. “Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs.”, Mercola – HealthyPets, 21 July 2011,

“Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper for Dogs & Cats.” Raw To The Bones. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2014.

Puotinen, C. J. The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care. New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Pub., 1998. 132, 387.”Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs.” N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2014. 

Wulff, Mary L., and Greg L. Tilford. Herbs for Pets the Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life. New York: BowTie Inc., 2011. 74. is an educational resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) veterinary treatment. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements. Please do plenty of research so that you may equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to be an effective advocate for your dog’s well-being.



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