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Is corn safe for dogs? (Weighing the pros and cons)

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Imagine your dog snuggling up to you, hoping to have a taste of the corn dish you are enjoying. This situation often leaves pet parents wondering whether it is safe for dogs to eat corn and if corn can be harmful to them.

If your dog has already consumed corn, and you are concerned about their well-being, or if you are contemplating on adding corn to your dog’s diet, here’s everything you need to know.

Is corn good for dogs?

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) in “Can Dogs Eat Corn?,” aside from being a filler in dog food, it also has nutritional benefits.

Corn removed from the cob is safe. (Photo from Shutterstock | Zanna.)

“Certain sources of carbs (like corn) also provide essential nutrients, such as protein, fat, fiber, and vitamins,” AKC noted.

From a nutritional perspective, corn offers several health advantages. As a whole grain, it serves as a high-quality complex carbohydrate, providing dogs with valuable energy. It is rich in essential nutrients like phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and folate. Dogs can safely consume corn in its raw or cooked form, and its fiber content promotes a healthy gut and aids in digestion.

So dogs can eat corn, but not corn on the cob?

Dogs should avoid corn on the cob as they cannot digest the cob, making it potentially hazardous. On the other hand, corn itself, whether sourced from the cob, a can, or included in dog food, can be a nutritious addition to a dog’s diet.

Do not give the cob to your dog. It can cause choking. (Photo from Adobe Stock | Watkung.)

According to AKC, here are a few indications that your dog might have ingested cob: dehydration, lethargy, reduced activity, repeated vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.

Can dogs consume popcorn?

Dogs can consume popcorn safely, but it should be in moderation and small portions.

“Plain, air-popped popcorn, which is light and natural can be a good treat every now and then” said AKC.

“It is crucial to offer popcorn without any added butter, oils, or salts, as these toppings may lead to gastrointestinal issues or more severe problems like pancreatitis or obesity in dogs” AKC added.

Give popcorn in small amounts only.
(Photo from iStock | AnnaBelova.)

Additionally, make sure the popcorn is free of unpopped kernels before giving it to your pet.

Is corn bad in dog food?

There has been a growing trend toward grain-free dog food diet. Some manufacturers opt for inexpensive grains to reduce costs, raising concerns among pet parents about the use of corn as a “filler” in their dog’s food.

“Some manufacturers claim that grain-free diets are beneficial for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies, leaving pet owners wondering about the potential impact of corn on their dog’s overall health and nutrition.” AKC noted.

However, corn is seldom the cause of dog health issues, and you do not need to avoid it in dog food specifically.

About the Author: Niko Gabriel Salgado is a graduate of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and worked at the House of Representatives. He is an entrepreneur and a volunteer of Save Animals of Love and Light- Save ALL.

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